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Title: Secondary students' incidental English language learning through a computer game
Author: Cheng, Lap C. L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 9475
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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Learning English is not easy and it may be very frustrating to many second language learners. The dissertation investigates incidental English language learning among Hong Kong senior secondary ESL students while playing a commercial-off-the-shelve (COTS) English simulation computer game, namely, Football Manager 2013 (FM 2013). The subjects in this study were forty students studying at a secondary school. Students were examined on what and how new knowledge of English such as vocabulary, phrases and expressions, and technical terms they could gain while playing Football Manager 2013. Four research questions were addressed. A multi-method approach was adopted to collect extensive data. A pre-game test, a post-game test and a questionnaire survey were used as the main methods for quantitative data collection. Observation during the gaming sessions by the researcher and a focus group interview were adopted to collect qualitative data. Drawing upon the research, the important findings were threefold. Firstly, the students generally show a promising attitude towards learning English through the use of Football Manager 2013, either in their daily lives or in English lessons. Secondly, it demonstrates that the students increase their English items by 27.2% as a result of gameplay interaction with Football Manager 2013. Thirdly, the students employ a wide range of English learning strategies to discover and retain the meaning of new English items in the multimodal environment of Football Manager 2013. Simultaneously, the researcher posits that commercial-off-the-shelve English simulation computer games are important media today that might be able to provide context-rich, cognitively engaging virtual environments for incidental English language learning.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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