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    Digitalization - The Game of Runescape
    So I was assigned a homework where I would use a game in order to teach English to students between the ages of 15-20. As Runescape has helped me with English Language Learning since I was a teenager, I figured that it would be a natural choice. However, I actually do not remember how I learned it outside of just playing the game. That's why I'm asking you to share your experiences or give any tips on how one would be able to Hold a lecture about Runescape for teaching English.

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    • Did you learn English by playing Runescape? If yes, then how?
    • If you were to hold a lecture about English and was forced to use Runescape, how would you hold a lecture?
      • Would letting the students play the game for 30-45 minutes be a good idea?
    • Do you think that Runescape is a good game for English Language Learning? If yes, then why?


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    Although I'm natively English speaking growing up playing Runescape definitely helped expand my vocabulary.

    I can totally see how playing it taught so many people English though,

    The dialogues "Use ... on ..." which then gives the feedback "You used ... on ... and made ..." teaches basic sentence structure

    The social aspect of talking with lots of other people is great for practice as it's so common in-game.

    But most importantly I think it's the associations which make it such a good teaching tool, you don't just read "pickaxe" and what one is. You want some armour, you ask someone, they say go mine with a pickaxe, bob gives you a pickaxe, you go to bob, bob gives you a pickaxe, now you know what a pickaxe looks like, you go mining, now you know what a pickaxe is used for and you've also learnt the basic process for how metals are made. It makes memory so much easier. I'd classify it as active learning rather than passive learning.
    Even still I can name every type of tree, ore, tool etc... used in runescape and where to get them all. And most of the names have a basis in real-life (yew, maple, willow, copper, tin, iron etc....)



    Depending on how much time you have, say 1h, average attention span is 20mins so that'd leave 30mins to play and 10 mins to summarise. Just make sure you let them play after you've done the explaining.
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    Thanks Greg!
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    Depending if you started playing before the GE, typing and interacting with players was mandatory for transactions, so obviously that would contribute.
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    I'm Brazilian and I learned english mainly by playing runescape. It can definitely be done.
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    Having people call me out on grammatical errors helped a lot. Sure, may be annoying. But it helped.

    Not only that, but just observing conversations throughout the world, talking in clan chats.. you just pick it up after a while. And then there's NPC dialogue, which can be helpful in some cases, but sometimes.. well.. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Quote Originally Posted by D View Post
    Having people call me out on grammatical errors helped a lot. Sure, may be annoying. But it helped.

    Not only that, but just observing conversations throughout the world, talking in clan chats.. you just pick it up after a while. And then there's NPC dialogue, which can be helpful in some cases, but sometimes.. well.. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Although I'm natively English speaking growing up playing Runescape definitely helped expand my vocabulary.

    I can totally see how playing it taught so many people English though,

    The dialogues "Use ... on ..." which then gives the feedback "You used ... on ... and made ..." teaches basic sentence structure

    The social aspect of talking with lots of other people is great for practice as it's so common in-game.

    But most importantly I think it's the associations which make it such a good teaching tool, you don't just read "pickaxe" and what one is. You want some armour, you ask someone, they say go mine with a pickaxe, bob gives you a pickaxe, you go to bob, bob gives you a pickaxe, now you know what a pickaxe looks like, you go mining, now you know what a pickaxe is used for and you've also learnt the basic process for how metals are made. It makes memory so much easier. I'd classify it as active learning rather than passive learning.
    Even still I can name every type of tree, ore, tool etc... used in runescape and where to get them all. And most of the names have a basis in real-life (yew, maple, willow, copper, tin, iron etc....)



    Depending on how much time you have, say 1h, average attention span is 20mins so that'd leave 30mins to play and 10 mins to sumarise. Just make sure you let them play after you've done the explaining.
    I have to agree with Greg. I started playing runescape at about 10 or 11. My native language is english, but at that age, the grasp one has on the concept is slight. Runescape helped me with sentence structure, short hand, how to talk to other people, taught me the difference between there, their and they're, to and too, and also helped me grasp the usage of Your, You're. Social skills, as well as a better understand of how lore and legends get structered (still not the best at spelling haha). Very interesting topic.
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    I feel like RuneScape definitely could teach kids proper english. Of course like Greg said about the chompies, there are some quest lines, dialogues that're a bit odd but that's with any game or anything really, there's always a character who speaks oddly. In most books or even movies there's usually at least one character who's not all the way right in the head and uses some weird off the wall type of language. But all in all, I believe RuneScape definitely has potential to teach good habits, well in English.. maybe not so much habits wise lol.
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