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Games to Teach

Developing Digital Game-Mediated Foreign Language Literacies
jonreinhardt.jpgProject Directors: Drs. Jonathon Reinhardt (U Arizona) and Julie Sykes, (University of Oregon)

Description: Digital games are socio-cultural practices and products, and gaming has become a mainstream, global cultural force. Applied linguists and FL educators have noted that gameplay is mediated by language use and social interaction, thereby also making it a potentially rich context for language acquisition. Off-the-shelf and online digital games are produced by a diversity of countries in a variety of languages.

Despite the interest in and availability of these games, ways in which OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtheir benefits can be harnessed to enhance FL learning have yet to be fully explored.

The primary goal of this project is to provide FL educators the material and pedagogical resources to design, implement, and assess digital game-mediated learning activities that have the potential to develop FL multiliteracies.

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Materials