The challenge of the Greek language classroom: EPIKON’s element of play.
Our experience as language teachers has shown that one of the challenges in teaching Greek to our students, is finding the balance: How much grammar? How much reading practice? How much speaking practice in each lesson? What about the element of fun? Where is the element of play? What about positive reinforcement?
Teaching Greek for non-native speakers, must respect the limited instructional time, maximize resources and motivate students to come back for more.
This is where fun activities come into play. Besides coloring, collage and constructions that can be used in a language class to enhance the lesson, a game offers the fun technology element that adds to the learning experience. EPIKON’s game design takes this into account: In our game, 12Athlon, students play and try to get as many drachma as possible while learning important grammatical phenomena and vocabulary. Students are playing while meeting their learning goals.
EPIKON’s design also has the teacher’s struggle in mind. While students play, S/he can download relevant grammar/vocabulary resources that supplement the learning goals of each game. For example, the Lernean Hydra game features articles and nouns. The teacher downloads specific material for consolidation of grammar rules. As the student is engaged through play, s/he will be more willing to work further and develop his/her skills. Similarly, the 12Athlon can be used as a “treat” that also reinforces a particular grammatical phenomenon.
What are your challenges in the classroom? How much play have you included in the language lesson?