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The U.S.-China e-language project: A study of a gaming approach to English language learning for middle school students

Citation

Green, P., Sha, M., & Liu, L. (2011). The U.S.-China e-language project: A study of a gaming approach to English language learning for middle school students. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

Abstract

In 2001, the U.S. Department of Education and the Ministry of Education in China entered into a bilateral partnership to develop a technology-driven approach to foreign language learning that integrated gaming, immersion, voice recognition, problem-based learning tasks, and other features that made it a significant research and development pilot project for study.

The purpose of this report is to describe the evaluation of a key outcome of this bilateral partnership, The Forgotten World. This application, which was developed by Coastline Community College and the Learning Games Network through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, uses the integrated approach set forth in the U.S.-China bilateral agreement. This program was implemented as a supplementary activity in middle school classrooms in western China to teach the English language and American culture to eighth-grade students.