Join SRAS and Dr. Vita Kogan for an educator’s workshop on January 8, 2021, 11am-12pm EST. Sign up here.
Gamification is a new promising direction in foreign language learning (ELL). Not only it boosts students’ motivation and engagement, but it also brings many ELL-relevant solutions to the language classroom: e.g., reducing speaking anxiety, providing meaningful context, and employing higher cognitive skills. This workshop is a practical introduction to gamification, a guide through available resources, and an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences. We will discuss what kind of games exist out there for the Russian learners, what games to use and when, and the potential caveats and limitations of gamification.
Dr. Vita Kogan is a lecturer of Linguistics at the University of Kent, UK. She previously served on the faculty at the Defense Language Institute and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, USA. Her research concerns the cognitive mechanisms of second language acquisition and what polyglots are made of. Vita is also an author of the language-learning board games LinguaPolis New York and LinguaPolis Moscow and a reviewer for Ludic Language Pedagogy – a journal about games and play in language-teaching contexts.