Guidelines for Successful Game Usage in College Language Courses
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The purpose of this study is to explore how games can be used in foreign language courses. In addition, this study sought to provide useful guidelines for using games in foreign language teaching. This study presents comprehensive theory on the benefits of using games, and limited existing guidelines for the use of games in the literature review section. In this study, quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed, in order to provide reliable and valid results. A survey was conducted. Fifty-five respondents completed the survey. Additionally, ten interviews were conducted. The respondents of these two instruments included college professors of seven languages, different course levels, various years of experience, and their ages ranked from twenty to fifty years old and older. The results of these two instruments aimed at identifying aspects that are highly recommended to consider for the use of games by foreign language college professors. This study concluded that the efficacy and effectiveness of game usage depends on various factors throughout the process of the implementation of games . Thus, if games are not undertaken appropriately, they can become ineffective in foreign language teaching when they take the form of an extremely competitive contest where the native language is the primary means of communication. Therefore, the guidelines provided at the end of this study assist teachers in managing and preventing various elements and problems that foreign language games usage can involve. This was done to achieve a positive educational impact in foreign language learning. The results of this study encompass elements that are included in the planning, introduction, development and closure phases of game usage. Additionally, this study serves as a foundation for further GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESSFUL GAME USAGE IN COLLEGE LANGUAGE COURSES III research for other studies interested in expanding it to different school levels, and testing these results to make broader generalizations.
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