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Role Playing Games in ESL classes

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Marcin Zaród

on 26 October 2012

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by Marcin "DRUID" Zaród RPG in ESL classes Gamification How to adopt an RPG to school conditions? 28 million people
play Farmville daily! - dialogues How to facilitate language learning
and provide students with the
opportunity to creatively use the language? - Game Master (GM) Who is who in a Role-Playing Game? One of the "low input - high output" language learning techniques. Language Learning Benefits of RPGs Five steps: The use of game design elements
in non-game context Frequently used in marketing and advertising PODSTAWA PRAWNA: who the f.... cares - it's fun
and it works! rozporzadzenie Ministra Edukacji Narodowej z dnia 14 pazdziernika 2020 r. just kidding.... Role-Playing is getting together with
some friends to write a story.
It's joining around a campfire or
dining room to spin some tall tales.
Role-playing is being creative and
having fun with friends. Role Playing Games Jerry Stratton - What is Role-Playing? Successfully used for many years:
e.g. skill badges in scouting Motivates students to do boring,
repetitive tasks by introducing a
system of points, levels, achievements,
awards - e.g. Khan Academy achievement system - role plays - classroom dramas - Role Playing Games (RPGs) - fantasy (sword & sorcery) Most popular RPG genres - space adventure - spies and superspies - detective - horror - super hero - time travel - western - Player Characters (PCs) - Non-Player Characters (NPCs) ESL classes Basically, RPGs are Interactive Stories
in which the GM furnishes the basic
plot elements (often based in fantastic
or heroic genres) and the players
shape the narrative through their
actions within the context of the game.
The game is played through the
by Brian David Phillips They offer opportunities for real use of language. They are effective in creating a lively conversation and heated-up communication between students. The situation described and thus created within the
game is "emotionally charged". - following directions Skills (language and non-language) developed during an RPG session - building up vocabulary - creativity & imagination - research - decision-making - team cooperation - problem-solving - taking other points of view - asking questions - negotiating - speaking - listening - creative writing - reading 2) Write your adventure story. 3) Invent exciting characters. 1) Choose your game setting. 4) Create challenges. 5)Add the finishing touches. How to teach an RPG lesson 2) Introduce needed vocabulary. 1) Tell ss about what they're going to do. 3) Divide ss into teams. 4) Hand out PC descriptions. 5) Begin the game session assuming the role of the GM (and occasionally acting as an NPC). 6) Optional follow-up - ss re-tell their adventures in a short story. Well-known RPG-like activities Baloon debate Green card Alibi http://crackesl.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43 UFO http://www.onestopenglish.com/support/minimal-resources/skills/minimal-resources-role-plays-and-discussion/146559.article http://bogglesworldesl.com/adultesl4.htm Resources RPG Character generator - http://www.basicfantasy.org/chargen.html Various free RPG related resources -
http://www.basicfantasy.org/downloads.html - simulations How to prepare an RPG lesson Four steps 1) Choose the genre 2) Prepare the adventure for your students to play through 3) Prepare the map and character charts which will be used as handouts Cliches used in RPGs (useful for creating and adventure) - http://serpent231.tripod.com/cliche.shtml Character name generator - http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/20010208b

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How to write an RPG adventure? Get rid of the statistics, dice throws. Keep the game as simple as possible: Focus on the convesations between PCs and NPCs. Don't get your PCs in too many battles Choose the genre your students will feel comfortable with.
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