Investigating the effects of an adventure video game on foreign language learning

Howard Hao Jan Chen*, Christine Yang

*Corresponding author for this work

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5 Citations (Scopus)


Several researchers have found that video games, such as sports games and the well-known simulation game, "The Sims", can be useful for language learning. Some researchers also suggested the potential of adventure games in language acquisition; however, few studies have investigated the impact of adventure games on foreign language learning. This study aimed to examine the effects of a commercial adventure video game on foreign language learning. A group of 35 college EFL students in Taiwan were asked to play an adventure game "Bone". Students' perceptions toward this adventure game were investigated. The results showed that students considered the game helpful in improving their language skills and learning attitudes. Students also reported their enjoyment in game playing because of the game design. The findings in this study suggest that adventure games such as Bone can help college EFL students enhance their English language skills and learning motivation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdutainment Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationEducational Games and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Applications - 6th International Conference on E-learning and Games, Edutainment 2011, Proceedings
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event6th International Conference on E-Learning and Games, Edutainment 2011 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 2011 Sept 72011 Sept 9

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6872 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other6th International Conference on E-Learning and Games, Edutainment 2011


  • English as a Foreign Language
  • adventure video game
  • game design
  • language learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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