School turns traditional teaching on its head by using Minecraft to help pupils learn English
A language school is revolutionizing the way its pupils learn by creating lessons in the popular video game Minecraft.
The ABC School of English in Puławy near Lublin has used the popular game to help their students learn English by checking their understanding through clickable multiple choice questions, listening exercises and questions that require the student to type in their answer.
Director of Studies at ABC School of English, Sean O’Connor told TFN: “Wherever kids are drawn we can base the lessons. Teaching history becomes more relatable.
“We have an idea about building the Museum Powstania, it’s a very attractive concept, it’s an interactive museum, before kids visit the museum they could visit it in Minecraft first.”
Minecraft has become the most popular computer game in the World since its release 10 years ago. The game has sold over 176 million copies of its premium version and its free version has been downloaded more than 200 million times in China alone, the game has even sold four copies in Antarctica.
One of the appealing aspects of the game that maintains its re-playability factor is the customisable maps. It is these custom maps, specifically Disney-themed maps based on The Lion King, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, that have been developed to engage the students and aid their learning.
Building these maps has been incorporated into the students English lessons.
O’Connor said: “I think it could be playing the game in the classroom, it could be building the game in the classroom. It is not just learning from the point of view of playing the game, the most amount of learning takes place when the kids build the maps.
“That is when the kids feel the sense of ownership and they really want to get it right. Then we present it to the younger groups and they get the fun out of playing it.”
The concept has now been presented to representatives from Microsoft, the owner of Minecraft, and Hewlett Packard, the producer of the Virtual Reality headset that works with the game who are now considering introducing it to their Minecraft Education platform.