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The benefits of integrating online gaming platforms such as Kahoots into English language training for the workplace were highlighted by an expert from Cambridge. Dr Sarah McElwee from Cambridge Assessment English spoke at this year’s virtual Kahoot WorkSummit, a corporate learning event that attracted thousands of professionals from over 140 countries.
Sarah spoke about the science behind how adults learn and highlighted key research on their motivation, approaches and the importance of designing effective workplace training. She also introduced Kahoots – which are fun interactive online games – and the role they can play on learning English for the workplace.
‘When designing English language learning for adults, it’s important to remember that it needs to reflect how we use language in the real world, with a clear purpose and focussed on specific tasks,’ explained Sarah McElwee. She continued: ‘Kahoots have the flexibility to achieve this and organisations can design them so they can really support learning. They can be used at any stage of learning such as to practise or review material that has already been taught, at the end of a lesson, for independent learning, or at the end of a topic or module unit. Games are also a great way of connecting colleagues from all over the world who may be working remotely as they allow them to play and interact informally. In fact more than ever, organisations are looking for ways to support learning online and that’s where platforms such as Kahoots can make a real difference’.
The Kahoot WorkSummit explored key trends and emerging themes in professional development and included contributions from big names such as LinkedIn and Microsoft.
Cambridge Assessment English is part of the University of Cambridge and they help millions of people learn English and prove their skills to the world. They develop the world’s leading range of qualifications and tests for learners and teachers of English. This includes Linguaskill, which is a cutting-edge online English test that is powered by Artificial Intelligence.
Watch the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXUmwoOS7F0&feature=youtu.be