Blending Video Games Into Language Learning

Billy Brick

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Around 2 billion people worldwide engage in video games and a similar number of English language learners are anticipated by the year 2020. It can be assumed that many language learners are also ‘gamers', and that a language learner may play a video game to learn English. This article focuses on the language learning affordances in offline video games. General game-based learning principles identified by Gee are used as the method to identify and classify the learning affordances in a selection of video games. These learning principles are explained and then used to detail general learning opportunities inherent in a variety of video games. It suggests that language learning opportunities on video-games are too varied and that the scaffolding guidance of a teacher might be needed. It concludes by proposing that contextualized live video-game-like immersive experiences could also be conducive to language learning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Blended-Learning
  • English
  • Gamification
  • Language learning
  • Video Games


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