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Extramural Gaming and English Proficiency: A Literature Study on Digital Games and the Effect onVocabulary and Oral Proficiency among Young L2 Learners
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Today we live in a global world, where English has become easily accessible through the

internet. Pupils encounter English in an out-of-school context and playing digital games is a

common activity. This literature study aims to examine if there are effects on pupils

’ vocabulary

and oral proficiency due to playing digital games. Through compiling prior research, findings

suggest that motivation, interaction and repetition over time are positive factors for enhancing

vocabulary and oral proficiency. Research also illuminates that there are gender differences

among young L2 learners. Frequent gamers are mostly boys and there is also a difference in

game preferences. Normally girls tend to outshine boys within most subjects, however, in

English the difference is less distinct and boys are somewhat stronger in English proficiency.

Research about young L2 learners is scarce and there is definitely a need for further research

about the effect of digital gaming on vocabulary and oral proficiency as well as regarding

gender differences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
Extramural English, out of school English, digital gaming, young L2 learners, English (second language), gender, proficiency, literacy
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-25522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-25522DiVA: diva2:1120794
Available from: 2017-07-07 Created: 2017-07-07

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