Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Social_nav_masthead_logged_in
 
Edutainment
Edutainment

Learn English meaning of edutainment

Date: Jun 01 2016

Themes: Hobbies, School, Tech

Grammar: Conjunctions

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

How do you like to learn? Most people have a learning style that they like best. Some people like talking about topics, others like to read a textbook, some enjoy having a teacher give them instruction, and others prefer to play games. This last style of learning is becoming more popular nowadays because of modern technology. People are mixing education with gaming. This is called gamification.

With gamification, education becomes more immersive. Students often think about topics very deeply when they play games. Some people are skeptical about this type of learning because it is not traditional, and it doesn’t need to happen in a classroom. However, most millennials enjoy learning this way. It feels natural to them.

Andy thinks that educators may be onto something with gamification. Listen as he tells Kelsey his thoughts in today’s English lesson.

Dialog

1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

Log in to Listen

2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Andy_H

Andy_H

Kelsey

Kelsey

Andy_H:  I just came back from visiting my cousins, and you wouldn’t believe how they’re learning nowadays.

Kelsey:  What do you mean?

Andy_H:  Well, they were showing me this really cool game that they had on their iPad, and it was teaching them history lessons about the Mayflower.

Kelsey:  Are you saying that they’re using video games in the classroom setting?

Andy_H:  I absolutely am! So, what they’re doing is gamifying, or using gamification, to make education a lot of fun.

Kelsey:  You know, it does sound very interesting. I’m just a little skeptical that it’s too much focus on entertainment and not on instruction.

Andy_H:  Whatever way a kid is going to learn, they’re going to learn that information. But do you want to just shove it down their throats with a textbook, or do you want to let them play?

Kelsey:  Yeah, you know, it’s very interesting. I think they might be onto something.

Andy_H:  I think so as well. And, you know, this immersive style of teaching is a real hallmark of millennials.

 

Grammar Point

Go Super to learn "Conjunctions" from this lesson Go Super!

Quizzes

Go Super to take Quiz Go Super!

 

Lesson MP3

Go Super to download full lesson MP3 Go Super!

Go to the TOEFL® page >

Discussion

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

Andy’s young cousins showed him a game they were playing. It was about the history of the United States and the Mayflower. Andy thought this was really cool because they were enjoying the game but also learning. He tells Kelsey about this, and at first, she is skeptical. She thinks it might be more important to have a teacher give them instruction.

Andy explains that gamification is just another way to learn. Games don’t need a teacher or classroom, but they can help students to learn many different things. In his opinion, this is better than shoving instruction down student’s throats. Kelsey thinks about Andy’s ideas, and she agrees that educational game makers may be onto something.

What is your favorite game to play? What did this game teach you?

 

Comments

Log in to Comment

elitaprayer

China

No particular favorite game for me. I play mahJong, which sounds no educational but time-killing game, full of luck involved.

08:42 AM Jun 03 2016 |

julito1

julito1

Argentina

Educators must also reinvent  themselves by coming up with new ideas as to how to get students interested in learning science and history. I agree with Andy that gamification has a word to say on this. Text books no doubt are necessary, but in these times a student mind can more easily grasp the subject if it is presented in a”palatable” format , and what a genius idea , playing and learning at the same time. I learn a lot doing crosswords puzzles.

09:22 PM Jun 01 2016 |

s11211s

s11211s

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Honestly I have no favorite game. I don’t have enough time to play game. From my point of view, mix of several methods of learning is better than one of them!

It seems the best method is something like learner should be interactive. If learner is active in learning process it will be more effective than for example you sit in the class and only listen to teacher. These kinds of learning method takes me to fall asleep!

05:13 PM Jun 01 2016 |

sheriz

sheriz

Indonesia

I lovee listening to music, specially those English songs. My best way of learning something is note some things on the notebook, while listen to my fav playlist♡

02:06 PM Jun 01 2016 |

Sami Aswad

Sami Aswad

Iraq

I’m really onto education games , especially brain games ;)

11:12 AM Jun 01 2016 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

I enjoy playing chess. It teaches you how to think ahead and in the present time.

08:55 AM Jun 01 2016 |

abdullah201933

Saudi Arabia

hmm nice topic to know how we can get a perfect way to learn something


I prefer reading news paper to learn about something and also


the games can give you a lots of details and instructions


also games gives you enjoying time to learn


you will never be bored while you learning


 


GOOD LUCK TO ALL


 

08:00 AM Jun 01 2016 |

MehmetKaragul

Turkey

I love educational games. I love leaning hem and I love using them in my classroom to teach my students. 


Games are not enough for learning by themselves, they should not replace teachers or textbooks but they should be used as a way of practicing in a fun way. That’s what I think. 

Likes (7):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast