Using games to motivate language learners.
ARGUing for Multilingual Motivation in Web 2.0 (ARGuing), is a education project funded by the European Union Lifelong learning programme.
The project created an Alternate Reality Game called the 'Tower of Babel' http://ictthatworks.net:8080/moodle/
This game was successfully played by over 400 students and teachers from 28 schools in 17 countries.
During the game the players:
Uploaded 862 files (Audio, video, word, presentations, images)
Submitted 9,135 answers across all the quests.
A methodology has been created that will enable educators to reproduce the project themselves (see project website).
A participating teachers said:
I can tell you that my students seem to be in a dream. They keep telling me all the time how happy they are with the game. Their interest towards learning English has increased in just two days playing. - Teacher Spain