This free course helps you explore the use of online games for language teaching, including virtual worlds, role-play, sandbox, multiplayer and mini games. English teachers, trainers, and experts from the games industry share their expertise and give advice on using games to provide opportunities for collaboration, communication and language practice, and for connecting with learners’ experiences and interests.
You’ll think about what makes a game good for language learning, evaluate games for your learners, problem-solve with other teachers and take away top tips and free lesson plans, including one of your own!
Who is it for?
Online Games in ELT is aimed at practising English language teachers and teacher trainers, but if you’re not currently teaching, you’ll still be able to join in. We have written this course to be accessible to teachers with a B1 level of English (CEFR) or above.
What will you do?
This is a three-week course and you’ll study for between 2 and 3 hours a week. You’ll be able to access the course at any time, but we advise you to keep a record of your notes. Each week’s content is divided into easy-to-tackle steps and you can do all steps in one go, or dip into the course to suit your schedule. You’ll learn through audio, video and text input including quizzes, checklists, case studies and lesson plans, and by trying out games for yourself!
We encourage you to join in with the discussion in each step and share your experiences, suggestions and ideas. This is an opportunity to find your own answers and to collaborate with other teachers with similar goals.
What will you achieve?
Week 1: The state of play
Week 2: The game's up!
Week 3: Game on!
We provide the world’s leading range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English and increasingly, we focus on the latest digital developments in English language teaching and learning. We work with experts in educational technology to provide practical solutions specifically for language teachers.
This course is one of the resources underpinned by The Digital Framework for Language Teachers. You can Test your Digital Skills and find links to further skills development with The Digital Teacher, our free professional development website.