ERIC Number: EJ1074998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
World of Wordcraft: Foreign Language Grammar and Composition Taught as a Term-Long Role-Playing Game
Gellar-Goad, T. H. M.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v14 n4 p368-382 Oct 2015
This article outlines an innovative approach to the instruction of foreign languages: a term-long role-playing game in the style of tabletop role-playing games such as "Dungeons & Dragons." Students adopt personas, avatars, or "player characters" and take them through adventures, exploration, puzzles, and fights with monsters, all of which are tied to specific language-acquisition exercises and practice. I detail at length my specific implementation in an advanced undergraduate Latin prose composition course at Wake Forest University and its overall successful results. I also offer advice, cautions, and additional resources for both small-scale and large-scale implementations of the role-playing game pedagogical methodology.
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Role Playing, Educational Games, Undergraduate Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Video Games, Barriers, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Student Motivation, Simulation, Grammar, Latin, Teaching Methods, Video Technology, Homework, Student Attitudes, College Students, Attitude Measures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina