Language Game in Urban Space or How to Increase Students’ Motivation to Learn a Language Cover Image

Языковая игра в городском пространстве, или как повысить мотивацию студентов к изучению языка?
Language Game in Urban Space or How to Increase Students’ Motivation to Learn a Language

Author(s): Joanna Darda-Gramatyka, Gabriela Sitkiewicz (Szewczyk)
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Foreign languages learning, Applied Linguistics, Language acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Eastern Slavic Languages
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Rusycytyczne
Keywords: education;language acquisition; language game;foreign language teaching

Summary/Abstract: This article is a summary of a language urban game entitled Following the Russian traces in Cracow. There were 80 participants in the game and 41 of them filled out a voluntary questionnaire providing feedback. The purpose of the questionnaire was to examine to what extent students were aware of the group processes they partici¬pated in and how those processes affected their motivation to learn a foreign lan¬guage. Our research results have shown that the group members’ interactions are directly related to the students’ motivation to achieve better results. The awareness of the group processes’ impact on an individual is crucial as skilful management of these processes can be used while planning work strategies with student groups in order to increase their effectiveness in achieving the set goals. Creation of the right space for learning is well supported by exercises using elements of competition, fun or game mechanics. The influence exerted by a group on an individual and facili¬tation are not new issues, however, they are very timely matters and still require extensive research.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 161
  • Page Range: 154-168
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Russian