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The effectiveness of English teaching and learning utilizing MMORPG in high school

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2009, 10(3), pp.194-216
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

Wi Jong Hyun 1 원은석 1 JeongDongBin 1

1중앙대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study suggests effectiveness of English teaching and learning utilizing MMORPG in high school as teaching material. As teaching material, an MMORPG, 'Goonzu Global', was selected and modified according to high school English curriculum. Utilizing the game, English class, which consisted of 30 students of first grade, was implemented by 20 lessons in a high school located in Suwon. To achieve the goals of this study, the researcher set four hypotheses according to effectiveness and retentive effects of the class. Pre and post proficiency tests were conducted to verify effectiveness of the MMORPG utilization in English class. Also, by comparing English scores of two groups from regular mid-term test, which was taken one month after the experiment, retentive effects were analyzed. At last, to find out affective influences, survey and interview were carried out with the participants of the class. As the results of the study, students' reading ability (hypothesis 1), dialogue comprehension ability (hypothesis 2), and vocabulary recognition (hypothesis 3) were all improved with statistical significance. However, retentive effects (hypothesis 4) didn't show statistical significance although the English mid-term test score of the experimental group was 5 point higher than the comparative group.

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