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ERIC Number: EJ894017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Things to Do in Duskwood When You're Dead: English Lessons from "World of Warcraft"
Moon, Brian
English in Australia, v43 n1 p47-56 2008
"World of Warcraft" is an online computer game with over nine million players, many of them technically-minded young males. A proportion of these young males engage in spontaneous creative writing about their game adventures. They enjoy highly formulaic genres, such as the epic poem, with its complex technical requirements. This has implications for the content and methods used in mainstream classrooms to engage those boys who hold English in low esteem. Their attraction to rule-governed systems and to fantasy role playing suggests that English teachers might do well to reconsider the value of technical styles, systematic instruction, and the contrived persona, in contrast to a more Romantic emphasis on free-form writing, personal voice and self-disclosure. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment