Faculty Project Creates Opportunities for Language Learners through Board Games

A group of language faculty from several MSU departments has been working on a two-fold project. On one hand, the group aims to create opportunities for language students to use gaming as a part of their language learning. On the other hand, the group is creating a database of games that can be shared with any interested language teacher. 

The faculty members, who teach a variety of languages, including ESL, French, Italian, Hindi, and Russian, were awarded a “Learning Spaces Fellowship” from the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) which gave them funds to buy games and support events related to gaming and language learning. With mostly games they found in thrift stores, the group has amassed a collection of games in English as well as several other languages and is working on developing a database of games that can be used for language learning. 

The CeLTA Gaming Group is also organizing an event for language teachers called a “Game Jam”. At the event, teachers will try out several English-language games and then brainstorm ways that they could create similar games for their classes.

Game Jam- Tuesday April 18 at B125 Wells (next to CeLTA), 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Relax and Enjoy board games and pizza
Adapt game ideas for language class use
CeLTA gaming group

The CeLTA Gaming Group invites you to join us for our first Game Jam and Pizza!

Relax, have some free pizza, and try out some board games that can be used in your language class!

When: Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: B125 Wells (next to CeLTA)

Please register for the event using the QR code above or this link: https://forms.gle/C33bYmW1nTBZzqAv6  

The gaming group hopes to continue their work in the 2023-2024 academic year through a learning community. All language teachers and others interested in gaming and language learning are welcome to join. For more information, please contact Shannon Quinn at sdquinn@msu.edu.