publication . Article . 2011

Using Video Game-Based Instruction in an EFL Program: Understanding the Power of Video Games in Education

Héctor Alejandro Galvis Guerrero;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2011 Journal: Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal (issn: 0123-4641, eissn: 2248-7085, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
Abstract
This small-scale action-research study examines the perceptions of four students in a military academy in Colombia undergoing the processof using a mainstream video game in their EFL classes instead of classic forms of instruction. The video game used served to approach EFL by means of language exploratory activities designed according to the context present in the video game and the course linguistic objectives. This study was conducted on the grounds that computer technology offers the possibility of enhancing EFL instruction by means of simulating and augmenting the target language context. The researcher’s belief is that video games offer a learning environm...
Subjects
free text keywords: Foreign language instruction, video game-based instruction, student engagement, use of video games in foreign language education, Philology. Linguistics, P1-1091
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