Minecraft is typically seen as a distraction from students completing their homework. But new studies suggest that video games can actually advance language learning for those who play.
It sounds made up, right? Well it’s not. An article from TESOL Connections states that “Gaming allows for authentic and open-ended creation of new situations.” In Minecraft, other gamers team up together to explore new things, and since the game has no instructions, players are forced to explore the unknown – similar to learning a different language. Gamers read informative articles about Minecraft secrets, and begin developing another set of skills: observation and perseverance.
The next time your child or student sets aside homework to play Minecraft, consider leaving them be for a few extra minutes – you never know what they may learn.
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