Applying game design to ELT materials

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These are my slides from the presentation I gave on gamification at the recent IATEFL YLSIG / TESOL CAL IS web conference on Games and Gamification in ELT. The full programme, complete with links to other presentations and recordings can be found here.


Interest in Gamification & ESL/EFL seems to be increasing. I decided to rejoin the Coursera Gamification MOOC (I took the course last year and thoroughly enjoyed it) to see what has changed and also to dip into the forums, and sure enough I found a TESOL Study Group forum set up specially for those interested in Gamification and TESOL.

From there, I found a link to a Gamification in TESOL Facebook group (, which currently has 57 members and which was set up by two TESOL professionals based in Japan after presentations at KOTESOL and JALT.

They now have a website, which has links to a number of articles and resources on gamification, including:-

Of all the blog posts on the website so far, the one that outline’s the couple’s e-learning manifesto is the most interesting one.

The video (above) is a recording of the plenary I gave at the Teachers conference in Madrid, Spain for the British Council in September 2012.

And here are the slides for the keynote presentation I gave on gamifying the classroom in Riga, Latvia in August 2012