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English with Guybrush Threepwood and the Secret of Monkey Island: Learning Enlgish grammar through computer games at Swedish junior high school level
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The computer has been a part of the language learning since the 1950’s. It has had many roles in the classroom and the potential usage of it is ever changing and evolving. Today the computer is widely used around the world as equipment for entertaining and game playing. When it comes to game playing it has been confirmed that it can be very effective in teaching. This is also true for language learning. This study aims to investigate if a non-educational game, the Secret of Monkey Island, could be potentially used to teach English grammar to Swedish learners of English at junior high school, year 7. This is done through a comparison study where two groups of students receives different exposure to the target grammar followed by a test in order to establish to what extent the game can be used in inductive grammar teaching. The results of this study showed that the game in fact can be used as a tool for learning English grammar. However, the students who played the computer game did not reach the same level of learning outcome as the students who received traditional teaching. The study also indicated some differences in achievement between boys and girls where the boys favored game-based learning and the girls performed better after traditional teaching. The conclusion of this study, however, is that the game should, if it is to be used to its full potential, be integrated with inductive grammar teaching where explicit rule teaching is given.

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2015. , 48 p.
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CALL, inductive grammar approach, computer, language learning, game, immersion, extramural learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44874OAI: diva2:824121
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
2015-06-08, 13:14 (English)
Available from: 2015-08-10 Created: 2015-06-20 Last updated: 2015-08-10Bibliographically approved

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