There are many “adventure” and “escape the room” online video games that, at first glance, might not appear to have much educational value. However, if you look a little closer, a number of them can be a gold mine for engaging language-development activities. Many “gamers” on the web create what are called “walkthroughs” for these games — written step by step instructions on how to “beat” them. Teachers can divide students into pairs, give them copies of walkthrough, and you’re unlikely to find another English reading and speaking where you will find more engagement. Though class “winners” might be the first five pairs to get through the entire game, you’ll find that students, particularly boys, will love getting ahead of others and then stop to help their classmates so they can show off their video game-playing prowess.
I wrote an article a few years ago about using these games with students, and I’ve posted about quite a few of them over the years, and thought it would be useful to bring them together into one list. I’ve only included ones here that I believe have a decent chance of not being blocked by school content filters.
Here are The Best “Fun” Online Video Games For English Language Development:
The same creators of the last game also have an excellent seventeen part series of games called Esklavos, several which have come out in the past year. You can find the Walkthroughs to the series here. That same Walkthrough page also has links to all the games, but because I think it’s more likely that the site featuring the walkthroughs will be blocked by school content filters, I’m going to list direct links to all the games here (except for the first one, which is in Spanish only):
- Chapter 2: Following the Rapids
- Chapter 3: Separated Destinies
- Chapter 4: Depths of the Mountain
- Chapter 5: Ungo Recovers
- Interlude: Floda and Ekel
- Chapter 6: Tracing Breda’s Footsteps
- Chapter 7: The Banquet
- Chapter 8: Crossing the River
- Chapter 9: The Root of Akea
- Chapter 10: The Dark Day
- Chapter 11: Ekalion Returns
- Chapter 12: Virop’s Worries
- Chapter 13: The Ambush of Eredren
- Chapter 14: The Great Aisil
- Chapter 15: Heart of the Fortress
- Chapter 16: Marching for Freedom
- Chapter 17: Liberation of Akea
Kyle Mawer – Innovation in education is a good article on using online video games for language-learning.
I have tons of additional games and walkthroughs on my website.
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