Volume 18, Issue 3 December 2022, pp. 316–334 Download PDF

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Digital games and the development of plurilingual competence

Judith Buendgens-Kosten 0000-0003-2852-85391

1 Goethe University Frankfurt, GERMANY buendgens-kosten@em.uni-frankfurt.de

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v18n3.548


Abstract

The potential of games to support language learning and acquisition – be it in the digital wilds or in the foreign language classroom – has often been discussed. In this article, I will look at digital games from an explicitly plurilingual perspective. I describe five existing games that demonstrate a plurilingual outlook (Romanica, MElang-E, BabelAR, LoCALL, World of Languages), focussing on their potential regarding modelling plurilingual competencies, fostering language awareness, and encouraging transformational play.



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Buendgens-Kosten, J. (2022). Digital games and the development of plurilingual competence. The JALT CALL Journal, 18(3), 316–334. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v18n3.548


Author biodata

Judith Buendgens-Kosten is a researcher and teacher educator at Goethe University Frankfurt. They hold an MA in Online and Distance Education from the Open University, UK, and a doctorate degree in English Linguistics from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Their research interests encompass multilingual computer-assisted language learning and inclusive education in the EFL classroom.


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