Young learners' language learning via computer games


Turgut Y., Irgin P.

World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.760-764 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.135
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.760-764
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Online computer games show potential not just for engaging and entertaining users, but also in promoting learning. Especially in 
Turkey children spend long hours playing computer games, which are mostly in English, in internet cafés. This qualitative 
research based on phenomenological theoretical framework investigates young learners’ experiences of language learning while 
playing computer games in internet cafes. The data was collected through observations and semi-structured interviews and 
analyzed through phenomenological data analysis steps. Implications put light into integrating computer games to ELT 
curriculum. 
 
Keywords: Internet café; computer games; language learning; young learners; entertainment education 
 
Online computer games show potential not just for engaging and entertaining users, but also in promoting learning. Especially in Turkey children spend long hours playing computer games, which are mostly in English, in internet cafes. This qualitative research based on phenomenological theoretical framework investigates young learners' experiences of language learning while playing computer games in internet cafes. The data was collected through observations and semi-structured interviews and analyzed through phenomenological data analysis steps. Implications put light into integrating computer games to ELT curriculum. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved