University of Oulu

The effect of different scripting methods on the process and outcomes of game-based collaborative language learning

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Author: Komansilan, Bill1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Education, Educational Sciences
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 3 MB)
Pages: 119
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : B. Komansilan, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-03-25
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Dindar, Muhterem
Sobocinski, Marta
Reviewer: Vuopala, Essi
Siklander, Signe
Dindar, Muhterem


There has been growing interest in game-based language learning but instead of communicative skills, it mainly targeted vocabulary and grammar which are superficial linguistic skills. On the other hand, collaboration has also been seen as pedagogically beneficial though there is still a question as to what extent teacher’s support in the form of scripting is optimal. Addressing the gaps, this mainly quasi-experimental study was implemented in an English as a second language lesson to examine whether or not role assigning (microscripting) in a game-based collaboration would yield superior results than the condition without such method (macroscripting). To be specific, a narratively rich role-playing game (RPG) was utilized in the game-based learning phase due to its compatibility for language learning, proceeded by literature circle collaboration which had been renowned for its capability to foster not only reading skill but also the affective dimension of learning. Inferential statistics showed that groups treated with microscripting achieved superior reading comprehension, collaborative learning interest and empathy scores. Meanwhile, content analysis revealed that groups assisted by macroscripting could reach higher levels of knowledge construction in their collaboration. Findings, discussion and conclusion in this study have extended the field of game-based collaborative language learning and brought implications for similar future research.

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