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Digital Play and game-based learning

Can games have educational value?  For Kyle Mawer and Graham Stanley, teachers at British Council Barcelona and authors of the ELTon-winning Digital Play blog, games are a natural and centuries-old way of learning that make the whole process more productive and pleasurable – and make learners more flexible, creative and resilient.   Computer games dominate our … Continue reading


Do you reckon you could get by in the US as a single parent on USD1000 a month?  In Spent, the developers have used elements common to “social” games such as Mafia Wars and FarmVille to help raise awareness of inequality, homelessness, and poverty in the richest country in the world.   Besides raising students’ awareness of economic, … Continue reading


If you’ve enjoyed using The Curfew and Climate Challenge with your students – or even playing them yourself – here’s another great game from Channel 4 and Littleloud that aims to raise awareness of social and political issues.   In Sweatshop, you take on the role of a middle manager in a factory that supplies clothes to retailers in … Continue reading

LearnEnglish Teens

If you’ve ever wondered how Easter eggs are made – or if you’re looking for new ways to motivate and engage your teenage students – then check out the egg-cellent LearnEnglish Teens. Developed by BC Hong Kong’s very own Jonathan Rickard and the British Council LearnEnglish team, LearnEnglish Teens is full of ideas for you to use … Continue reading


For Jamie Keddie, the secret to good language teaching is the same as in cooking – excellent ingredients, or in other words, materials that inspire, engage and motivate students.  He recommends this unusual spaghetti dish as an example: Today, YouTube and other web-based resources give us unprecedented access to often high quality, authentic materials – but … Continue reading

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