Joined: 08 Nov 2015
|Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:49 pm Post subject: Mobile gaming for fluency development and listening skills
|Hello everyone! I would like to share with you a great new mobile game to help ESL learners practice their pronunciation and develop oral fluency while also reducing language-learning anxiety.
A team of us at Concordia University have developed Spaceteam ESL, a free multiplayer game for iOS/Android that focuses on developing fluency, pronunciation, and listening skills amongst learners. Based on the hit game Spaceteam (over 3.5 million downloads), Spaceteam ESL puts players in a fun situation in which they have to speak and listen to each other in order to keep their spaceship alive.
The game works like this: a group of 2-4 players call out instructions at each other to repair a malfunctioning spaceship before it explodes. Each player’s mobile device displays a random control panel and players must follow time-sensitive instructions on their screen. The challenge is that the instructions for the control panels on Player 1’s screen (for example, “Switch off book!”) are actually sent to Player 2, and vice versa, meaning that the two players must quickly shout their mixed up instructions to each other before their ship blows up.
Here's some footage from some teachers who were beta-testing the game for us.
The game's trailer also shows you a bit about how gameplay works:
The speed and vocabulary of the game are entirely adjustable depending on the level of the learners that teachers have in the classroom, and the game includes a pronunciation practice tool for players to learn all of the game's vocabulary words.
A complete set of game instructions and lesson plans are available for free at http://spaceteamesl.ca, and the game is available for both iOS and Android platforms.
The app has recently been reviewed by the wonderful folks over at appszoom: http://www.appszoom.com/android-game/spaceteam-esl-rqrxl.html
We're really excited to hear about teachers and learners using the game, so if you have any experiences, positive or negative, that you'd like to share, please don't hesitate to ask any questions!
Also, as an added incentive, if you start using the game in your language classroom and get in touch with us, we'll send you a little bit of Spaceteam ESL swag!