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A new way to help children learn English in Minecraft is being showcased by Cambridge Assessment English as part of an online educational event organised by Microsoft China.
English Adventure, developed by experts at Cambridge Assessment English, is being featured during a virtual ‘Summer Camp’ event launched in July and running until the end of the year. The demo shows how the popular video game environment can provide a virtual lesson that can be integrated into the classroom, or played at home, to help children learn key English language skills.
Experts in Cambridge have designed the experience for children aged 7+ who are at A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It can be used to help them prepare for the popular Cambridge English Young Learners tests.
Students taking part face language activities throughout the game, meeting a host of memorable characters, all set to a backdrop of Minecraft and all in English. Players start by being introduced to a scroll, which is also available to teachers as a worksheet. This shows players the mission they have to complete, which involves solving puzzles which help them practise key English language skills. This includes having to ‘mine’ letters and spell out challenging words for children learning English. All of the words can be found on the word list that is used to develop Cambridge Assessment English’s well-known A1 Movers test. Activities and puzzles can later be fed into more traditional classroom activities.
Speaking about the English lesson in Minecraft, Belinda Cerdá, Head of Digital Partnerships at Cambridge Assessment English, said:
‘English Adventure provides children with a fun and effortless way to learn as they explore the Minecraft world. We’ve designed the puzzles so they are an effective way of making challenging words and concepts memorable for young learners. This helps to increase motivation and retention of the language presented and practised. The project provides a really immersive English language learning experience in Minecraft’
English Adventure is being showcased as a webinar during Microsoft China’s Virtual Summer Camp that runs throughout the summer.
During the eight-week summer camp there are 12 lessons on a range of subjects including English language learning, programming and science.
The Summer Camp kicked off on 20 July and English Adventure is the only lesson presented in English and it is taught by two experts from Cambridge Assessment English. At the end of the camp, children can enter into a competition. Cambridge would like to hear from parents and children so there is a questionnaire at the end of the lesson.
The Summer Camp appears as an additional section of the in-game library and contains the 12 lessons. The lessons are organised by week and our A1 English language lesson features in week 4 but is available until the end of 2020.
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