Graham Stanley

Gamify your classroom : computer games and language aims Link to recording of presentation

Graham Stanley ( spends half of his working life as a teacher of English at the British Council Young Learner Centre in Spain)
and the other half working as social media consultant on projects for the British Council such as aPLaNet (looking at personal learning networks for teachers) and ITiLT (Interactive Whiteboards). He has a M.Ed. (University of Manchester, UK) in ELT & Educational Technology, and is also coordinator of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group. He blogs at and and is co-author of themethodology book for teachers interested in using computer games for language teaching and learning, ‘Digital Play‘ (Delta Publishing, 2011).


13 Responses to Graham Stanley

  1. Hi everyone! Looking forward to speaking to you about gamifying your classroom on Monday and hearing what you have to say about the subject too.

  2. I have produced a booklet to support the presentation on Monday, which can be found online here:

  3. osnacantab says:

    Thanks greatly for this, Graham I am not quite sure at this stage how participants have set up their account, so I will copy your message to the other list we are using on Yahoogroups.


  4. Marie helene says:

    FABULOUS presentation! I’ve never been a gamer but you’ve made me crave trying it!:)
    Yesterday, I managed to play the 9.05 game & loved the 2 endings I got (especially 1).
    Looking forward to trying the games you recommended.
    I’m particularly interested in whodunnit games. Do you know any please?
    Cheers & thank you so much!:)

  5. Annietenerife says:

    Looking forward to the recording since I couldn’t hear you.

  6. Stewart Whitney says:

    Thanks for your presentation this morning (well it was morning here anyway) Graham. Very inspiring. I’ve just had a go at ‘Quest for the Rest’ and will give it a go in class one day soon. I’m teaching a low-access environment as far as technology goes. I’ll be using my own laptop and pocket wi-fi and a projector with a class of 45 x first-year junior high boys (Japanese).
    I was thinking of cutting up the walkthrough (edited version) and having them work in groups to put in the correct order. We can compare their answers and test them out so see if they were correct.
    Any thoughts or suggestions from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Laura Darby says:

    I’ve just listened to the recording of your presentation and I found it extremely useful – there were so many ideas!
    Thank you so much for your time.

  8. Elisenda says:

    Oh s***!! I forgot the conference and had supper out yesterday… So, now I can’t wait to listen to the recording and with so good comments, even more!
    Thanks to Graham and to the rest of participants for being so active!

  9. Thanks, Marie Helene – I’m glad you enjoyed the presentation. Whodunnit games, eh? That sounds like a great genre of game to follow up on. I must admit I’ve not tried to play any with students, but I did find this – I’ll have a look and see if any of them or others would work with learners.

    Annie, sorry you couldn’t here me yesterday – hope the recording turned out OK.

    Stewart, I’ve done a few games where I’ve cut up walkthroughs and this technique works very well – the learners have to look for clues in the language to be able to solve the game, so it’s great as a way to work on their scanning texts.

    Laura, I’m happy you enjoyed the presentation and found it useful. Hope you now go and try out some of the games with your students!

    Thanks, everyone, and enjoy the res of the EVO session!


  10. Marie helene says:

    Thank you so much Graham!
    I’m also looking for games about the environment. i’m going to start looking for them as I’m right in the middle of a lessn about the nevironment with one class.
    i am lucky as I have access to the computer lab once a week with all my classes so I can easily try using games!:)
    Have a great day:)

  11. Hugh (UK) says:

    First of all Graham I was very motivated to use more games by your presentation and apologise if I asked too many qs at the time.I’m wondering if you have any tipys for students who have poor coordiantion? I am not well coordianted myself and found the car driving game around the town quite difficult and also the one where someone has to jump very quickly onto a swaying flower. Have you come across children with poorer coorfduination skills and how would you encourage them to have confidence in gaming? thanks. Hugh.

  12. Elisenda says:

    I’ve in pdf two of the books that Graham suggested:
    If you’re interested in them just send me an email
    Thanks Graham! I’ve already listened to the whole recording.

  13. Hi Hugh, no apologies necessary – the questions were most welcome 🙂 As for help with coordination, I think playing the games you mentioned will help with that. I actually haven’t come across many kids with poor coordination skills – it’s an interesting question. I think that so many games help you develop these skills, that playing them is the best way to improve

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