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Telltale is Teaching My Kids English

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Not my biological kids, mind you.

IRL, I'm an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor. I used to teach college level while living in Japan, now I teach elementary though high school while in the US.

One thing I've quickly noticed is how much games engage people, and how useful they are at teaching language, because the participants are so involved. One of my girls has a hard time speaking up, but she lights up when I play Sam and Max with her, and we use some of the phrases to practice grammar (This week we made a massive map of New York City and I had her giving me directions while driving a toy DeSoto around the city to practice locations, place names, and provinding road information).

Anyone else use video games to teach, and if so what for/ how?
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  • I taught MYSELF English through videogames.
  • Telltale taught me how to be a man!
  • Telltale taught me what a 'Superball' was!
  • Telltale helped me pass AP german!
  • Telltale taught me what love is!
  • Telltale taught me that sheer stupidity can be used to solve everything.
  • divisionten;533888 said:
    Not my biological kids, mind you.

    IRL, I'm an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor. I used to teach college level while living in Japan, now I teach elementary though high school while in the US.

    One thing I've quickly noticed is how much games engage people, and how useful they are at teaching language, because the participants are so involved. One of my girls has a hard time speaking up, but she lights up when I play Sam and Max with her, and we use some of the phrases to practice grammar (This week we made a massive map of New York City and I had her giving me directions while driving a toy DeSoto around the city to practice locations, place names, and provinding road information).

    Anyone else use video games to teach, and if so what for/ how?
    So how easy it is to get elementary kids to understand Sam's long-winded exclamations? Or Max's non-sequitur and absurdist humour?
  • I hope you didn't get to the 'pennies??'-joke towards the end of 305. That would take some explaining.
  • Tjibbbe;534147 said:
    I hope you didn't get to the 'pennies??'-joke towards the end of 305. That would take some explaining.

    When a Woman and a Monument love each other very much...
  • Videogames have introduced me to interesting art styles and concepts, such as TF2 and Psychonauts. Although TV, mostly american kids shows, gave me an american twang in my voice, busy parents and not many friends ment lots of TV. Of course my friend who lives in America can't hear it, she thinks I'm a real proper Brit, but everyone in the UK will always ask if I'm American. I pick up accents to easily D:
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