Volume 18, Issue 3 December 2022, pp. 412–443 Download PDF

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Japan university EFL students’ experience, attitudes, and perceived effectiveness of watching gameplay for language-learning purposes

Shawn Andersson1

1 Ritsumeikan University, JAPAN shawnandersson@gmail.com

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v18n3.764


Abstract

Digital Game-based Language Learning (DGBLL) is a field that promotes language learning by combining game entertainment and mechanics inducive to learning. Researchers have proposed evidence of various language-learning benefits, yet downsides persist, such as negative stigmas, fewer female participants, and potential adverse learning consequences from splitting one’ s attention between interactivity and language learning. Recently, watching gameplay popularity has seen exponential growth, yet the potential for language-learning applications has not been considered. Soliciting stakeholders’ experience, attitudes, and perceived effectiveness is a critical determiner of user adoption for new technologies, predicting implementation success. This study first addresses the merit of watching gameplay as a pedagogical method through an overview of the available literature, concentrating on areas of insufficiency and opportunity. It then investigates students’ experience and perceptions to consider feasibility from a practical standpoint through a survey of 139 university students in Japan. The main findings include a higher proportion of watchers than players, including a higher percentage of females; positive responses regarding ease of use, learning opportunities, and preference, especially for learners who play or watch games. But learners also expressed a need for scaffolding support while voicing limitations in the perceived quality and practicality of the learned language.



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Andersson, S. (2022). Japan university EFL students’ experience, attitudes, and perceived effectiveness of watching gameplay for language-learning purposes. The JALT CALL Journal, 18(3), 412–443. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v18n3.764


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