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Uncharted Waters? Exploring Experts’ Opinions on the Opportunities and Limitations of Serious Games for Foreign Language Learning.

Frederik De Grove UGent, Peter Mechant UGent and Jan Van Looy UGent (2010) ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. p.107-115
abstract
The use of serious games has seen a remarkable growth in the past decade. This resulted in a substantial number of people with hands-on experience. However, to our knowledge, no research has been performed to harvest this source of information. By means of a survey with closed and open-ended questions, we explore the opinions of 50 serious game and CALL experts on serious games’ potential for foreign language learning. The first part of the paper discusses attitudes on serious games and learning. In general, we discern a rather strong belief in the potential of learning games. The second part of the paper zooms in on foreign language learning through games whereby some remarkable results emerge on the possibilities and limitations of foreign language learning games. Next, we discuss respondents’ opinions on issues regarding the integration of foreign language learning games in a classroom context and on their design. The final part of the paper elaborates on a SWOT analysis of foreign language learning games resulting in a nuanced view on the opportunities and limitations of foreign language learning games. As a consequence, this paper not only identifies topics which bear a broad consensus among experts, but also shows that strong differences in opinion exist.
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author
organization
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type
conference
publication status
published
subject
keyword
Foreign Language Learning, serious games, gaming
in
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
pages
9 pages
publisher
ACM
place of publication
Leuven, Belgium
conference name
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Fun and Games
conference location
Leuven, Belgium
conference start
2010-09-15
conference end
2010-09-17
ISBN
978-1-60558-907-7
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
1041938
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1041938
date created
2010-09-14 16:43:27
date last changed
2015-06-17 09:13:00
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  abstract     = {The use of serious games has seen a remarkable growth in the past decade. This resulted in a substantial number of people with hands-on experience. However, to our knowledge, no research has been performed to harvest this source of information. By means of a survey with closed and open-ended questions, we explore the opinions of 50 serious game and CALL experts on serious games{\textquoteright} potential for foreign language learning. The first part of the paper
discusses attitudes on serious games and learning. In general, we discern a rather strong belief in the potential of learning games. The second part of the paper zooms in on foreign language learning through games whereby some remarkable results emerge on the possibilities and limitations of foreign language learning games. Next, we discuss respondents{\textquoteright} opinions on issues regarding the integration of foreign language learning games in a classroom context and on their design. The final part of the paper elaborates on a SWOT analysis of foreign language learning games resulting in a nuanced view on the opportunities and limitations of foreign language learning games. As a consequence, this paper not only identifies topics which bear a broad consensus among experts, but also shows that strong differences in opinion
exist.},
  author       = {De Grove, Frederik and Mechant, Peter and Van Looy, Jan},
  booktitle    = {ACM International Conference Proceeding Series},
  isbn         = {978-1-60558-907-7},
  keyword      = {Foreign Language Learning,serious games,gaming},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Leuven, Belgium},
  pages        = {107--115},
  publisher    = {ACM},
  title        = {Uncharted Waters? Exploring Experts{\textquoteright} Opinions on the Opportunities and Limitations of Serious Games for Foreign Language Learning.},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
De Grove, Frederik, Peter Mechant, and Jan Van Looy. 2010. “Uncharted Waters? Exploring Experts’ Opinions on the Opportunities and Limitations of Serious Games for Foreign Language Learning.” In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 107–115. Leuven, Belgium: ACM.
APA
De Grove, F., Mechant, P., & Van Looy, J. (2010). Uncharted Waters? Exploring Experts’ Opinions on the Opportunities and Limitations of Serious Games for Foreign Language Learning. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (pp. 107–115). Presented at the Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Fun and Games, Leuven, Belgium: ACM.
Vancouver
1.
De Grove F, Mechant P, Van Looy J. Uncharted Waters? Exploring Experts’ Opinions on the Opportunities and Limitations of Serious Games for Foreign Language Learning. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. Leuven, Belgium: ACM; 2010. p. 107–15.
MLA
De Grove, Frederik, Peter Mechant, and Jan Van Looy. “Uncharted Waters? Exploring Experts’ Opinions on the Opportunities and Limitations of Serious Games for Foreign Language Learning.” ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. Leuven, Belgium: ACM, 2010. 107–115. Print.