The Role of a Particular Kind of On-line Computer Games in Process of Learning a Foreign Language

Jahani, Ali; Azimi, Mozhgan
December 2010
E-proceedings of the International Online Language Conference (I;2010, p347
Conference Proceeding
The main purpose of this study was the role of a particular kind of on-line computer games in process of learning a foreign language. The most important characteristic of these kinds of online games is at least two persons are needed to play the games. In other words, there is an essential difference between these kinds of online computer games and the other ones. For this reason, one on-line computer game, Our World, was explored in order to find out how playing this game could help for better learning English words while using just for playing not learning words. Therefore, three Iranian primary students were selected as the subjects of the present study. The subjects were selected by non-random sampling. They were chosen availability (case study). The data collection was done through interviews and pre-test and post-test. Before starting the study, the subjects received a pre-test as a placement test and after finishing the study, they received post-test. Then, the results were compared. For analyzing the data obtained from interview, an inductive thematic analysis was used to find out the subjects' underlying concepts and themes frequently mentioned. These general themes and underlying concepts were put in some categories. Then, these categories were organized in a coherent and meaningful manner. The results showed that there were significant differences between the scores of pre-test and post-test, suggesting that using of a particular kind of on-line computer games was effective enough to make a significance difference in vocabulary.


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