Faculty Publications

Title

Cybertext redux: using digital game-based learning to teach L2 vocabulary, reading, and culture

Document Type

Article

Keywords

CALL, digital game-based learning (DGBL), instruction of reading, vocabulary, and culture

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Computer Assisted Language Learning

Volume

22

Issue

5

First Page

409

Last Page

424

Abstract

The essay reports on a mixed-methods study using an interactive fiction (IF) game to teach German vocabulary, reading, and culture to university students. The study measured knowledge retention and transfer, and evaluated the attitudes of students toward the game. The results tentatively indicate that contextualized, immersive role play may have helped students to learn. Nevertheless, most students were apprehensive about the game as a learning platform given the departure from traditional instruction. New research findings related to the software design and development process, and student involvement in this process, are also discussed.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2009

DOI of published version

10.1080/09588220903345168

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