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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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  • divisionten;534223 said:
    Ditto to that. Haven't bought a console game since... um.. Okami in college, I think.
    Mine's back In October 2009, when Metroid Prime Trilogy came out. There's been plenty of games I would have gotten that have been out since then, (i.e. Mario galaxy 2, NSMB Wii, Metroid Other M. All games I looks forward to untill I discovered Telltale (at that point, I was still buying monkey island on wiiware) and the awesomeness of downloadable games.

    Which reminds me, I never finished Strongbad or Wallace and gromit...
  • Friar;534230 said:
    Which reminds me, I never finished Strongbad or Wallace and gromit...
    Never finished Strong Bad? Shameful.
  • Telltale taught me... to love.
  • Chyron8472;534268 said:
    Never finished Strong Bad? Shameful.
    I never even finished the first episode. In my defence, I encountered a game-breaking glitch in which an item wouldn't appear, 3/4s of the way in. After that, I never felt the motivation to finish the series.
  • Friar;534313 said:
    I never even finished the first episode. In my defence, I encountered a game-breaking glitch in which an item wouldn't appear, 3/4s of the way in. After that, I never felt the motivation to finish the series.
    You are going back to play TTGs best season ever right now. :mad:

    :D
  • When I started learning English at school I had somewhat of a broader vocabulary than the others thanks to several video games I had played.

    Unlike books or movies, video games are interactive - and language is vital. It's like a role play in class, but minus the (negative) excitement. You learn new words by reading / hearing them or hovering your mouse cursor over an object (I remember having learned the word "firefly" from Curse of Monkey Island. :))
  • Super Mario Bros. taught me the word "castle" because the princess was always in another one.
  • Telltale taught me that, even if my voice sucks, I can still sing my heart out. ^.^
  • Silverwolfpet;534347 said:
    Telltale taught me that, even if my voice sucks, I can still sing my heart out. ^.^
    I learned that from Curse of Monkey Island.
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