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Interesting findings, but not surprising. Read more here: https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/22/research-suggests-students-learn-more-when-working-together-in-virtual-reality-games.aspx
Read “Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative” at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/gamification-engaging-students-with-narrative-alice-keeler?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=101415%20enews%20GBL%20ngm%20remainder&utm_content=&utm_term=fea3hed&spMailingID=12673165&spUserID=Mjg5OTU4NjQ2MzkS1&spJobID=640951623&spReportId=NjQwOTUxNjIzS0
for a great connection of gamification and language
The second-best thing to actual trips to a target country and language community: virtual reality and games. Excerpt:
Virtual role-play—where learners engage in simulated encounters with artificially intelligent agents that behave and respond in a culturally accurate manner—has been shown to be effective at teaching cross-cultural communication.
“You learn by playing a role in a simulation of some real-life situation,” said W. Lewis Johnson, a former professor at the University of Southern California and co-founder of Alelo Inc., a company that makes cyberlearning tools. “You practice communication with some artificial intelligent interactive characters that will listen and respond to you, depending on what you say and do. It helps develop fluency, but it also helps to develop confidence.”
Interesting findings from Helsinki, Finland… Read more in “Research: Video games driving English language skills; other languages suffer” at http://yle.fi/uutiset/research_video_games_driving_english_language_skills_other_languages_suffer/7854219