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Online Games in ELT

Grab your learners’ attention and integrate online games into your lessons.

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.

A Cambridge Assessment English online tutor will next be present in the course and joining in the conversation with course participants from 16 April to 4 May 2018.

What will you achieve?

Week 1: The state of play

  • Describe and give examples of online games for language teaching and learning.
  • Identify potential benefits of using online games for language teaching and learning.
  • Discuss how to overcome some of the challenges of using online games in your classroom.

Week 2: The game's up!

  • Identify what makes a good game for language learning in your context.
  • Identify ways of integrating commercial and language-learning games to enhance or transform language learning.
  • Evaluate an online game for your teaching context.

Week 3: Game on!

  • Identify ways of including online games in your lessons.
  • Predict problems and generate solutions for using online games in lessons.
  • Review and create a lesson plan for integrating online games into a lesson.


Your Instructor


Cambridge Assessment English
Cambridge Assessment English

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.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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