Following on from our popular and well attended webinar series, LTSIG Fridays, between April and June of this year, we are now moving to a monthly webinar, which will take place on Saturdays. These will not clash with the IATEFL webinars which usually take place once a month on that day. We hope you can join us as we continue to explore the possibilities and considerations of online or remote teaching. Further information about future webinars will added to this page and shared on our social media.
We are kicking off by looking at ‘Interactive storytelling games’ with Graham Stanley on 25 July. Graham gives some detailed information about this session below and some instructions on what to do before it takes place. RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
When: Saturday 25 July from 3pm – 4pm UK time (BST)
Meeting room ID: 885-028-983
Online interactive storytelling games are a great way to motivate language learners to speak and listen. They can also be easily adapted by the teacher to most levels and are suitable to play with a range of age groups. During this workshop, we will look at how best to approach online storytelling games with some examples and then discuss how teachers can best design their own games for their learners.
Before the webinar, I would suggest you do the following, which will ensure you make the most of the live experience, which will focus on the design of online interactive storytelling games.
Think about the following.
- What role do games play in your teaching?
- Do you use games with learners often/sometimes/rarely/never?
- Outside of class do your learners play games? How often?
- What type of games do you and your learners play?
- Have you ever played a role-playing game?
- What do you think an online interactive storytelling game is?
2. Pre-webinar task A
Choose one of the reading texts below, read it and think about the following questions: Is this something I can see myself doing with my learners? Why? Why not?
- Role-Playing-Games and English Lessons by Elena Pereseada. Elena runs the RPG in ELT Facebook group, which consists of a lively bunch of teachers who meet every week to playtest and discuss RPGs for teaching and learning English.
- Lockdown learning – Role-play Games Online by James Egerton. James is an active member of the RPG in ELT group and has developed several games for language learning, including Saving the Princess (a prepositions quest)
- Hiking Adventure. Role-play games in the classroom by Mike Astbury
- Five Best Practices Teachers Can Learn from Dungeon Masters by Paul Darvasi.
3. Pre-webinar task B
Choose one of the recordings showing interactive storytelling games being played with a group of teachers and answer the following questions: Knowing what you now do about role-paying games, is this what you expected to see? If not, what is different? How do you think you would approach the design of a similar game for your own students?
Example interactive storytelling games
- A fortnight to cross the valley. Watch part of the recording of the playtest of this game carried out in the weekly Webheads in Action weekly meeting. The playtest starts at 6:31. The discussion about the tool (Hex Kit) used and the game starts at minute 36:11.
- Get the Treasure and Escape the Island! Watch part of the recording of the playtest of this game carried out in a webinar give to the Association for the London branch of the Association for Language Learning (the game play starts at 9:31). The play test finishes at 42:52 and there is then a brief discussion about the game and if and how it could be adapted to suit lower level language learners.
- A quiet year in the valley. Watch part of the recording of the Quiet Year playtest conducted by the RPG in ELT Facebook group. At minute 44:29 we stop playing and discuss the game and if it would work with language learners.
Look forward to seeing you on 25th July for the webinar. You may be interested to know that this webinar has adopted and adapted Laine Marshall’s SOFLA approach. You can find out more about this by watching the recording of Laine’s workshop she did for the LTSIG recently.