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Friday, January 25 • 10:00 - 17:00
Gamify the Language Classroom

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Gamification and Game-Based Learning are two distinct pedagogical approaches, both of which improve teaching and learning by incorporating game elements into the classroom. As language teachers, our main goal is to boost learning by adding particular elements of gamification or GBL which can inspire our students. 

How can I gamify education in my classroom?  How is Gamification different from Game-Based Learning (GBL)? Do games really help our students learn? What are the elements of a well-designed language learning game?  Can gamification lead to better group cooperation in the language classroom? How can teachers incentivize students to perform creative tasks when learning a new language?  How do players like to engage? We will look at concepts such as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, distributed content delivery, competence and the importance of autonomy in language learners through the game theory framework.

We will share some strategies and lesson ideas regarding both gamification and Game-Based Learning. We will also have a practical hands-on fun language games session for primary and secondary students. No time to get bored!

Bring your technological devices (tablets, laptops, phones) so that you we all start gamifying our language classroom. There will be also time to exchange ideas and games that have already worked in your classroom. Games are fun!

10:00 - Session 1:
The concept of Gamification. The whys and hows of gamifying your language lessons. Introducing digital games. Víctor González.

12:00  - Lunch

13:00 – Session 2: Learning Languages through Play and Fun. Francisco Lara.

15:00 – Coffee/Tea Break

15:30 – Session 3: Choose your own adventure! Creative Writing through Interactive Fiction. Enrique Periam.

17:00 – End of Day

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Victor Gonzalez

Spanish teacher, International School of Bremen

Francisco Lara

Spanish Teacher, International Friedensschule / Cologne International School
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Enrique Periam

Language Acquisition Learning Leader, International School Hannover Region

Friday January 25, 2019 10:00 - 17:00
Australia Radisson Blu Hotel

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