Language at Play - Julie Sykes (Paperback)

Digital Games in Second and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

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6 Dec 2012
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Julie Sykes
Julie E. Sykes
Julie M. Sykes
Jonathon Reinhardt
Judith Liskin-Gasparro
Judith E. Liskin-Gasparro
Manel Lacorte
Digital Games in Second and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
Pearson Education (US)
Number of Pages
227 x 167 x 10mm (210g)


How digital games can inform, enhance and transform L2 pedagogy


The potential of digital games in the second and foreign (L2) classroom is enormous but harnessing their potential for application in the L2 classroom, however, presents complex challenges. 


In Language at Play: Digital Games in Second and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Sykes and Reinhart combine research from a variety of perspectives in applied linguistics, educational gaming, and games studies, and structure their discussion of five major concepts central to these areas: goal, interaction, feedback, motivation and context.  While theoretically grounded, the volume's audience is primarily practicing L2 professionals with classroom experience.


Intended for current and future foreign language teaching professionals, volumes in the Theory and Practice in Second Language Classroom Instruction series examine issues in teaching and learning in language classrooms. The topics selected and the discussions of them draw in principled ways on theory and practice in a range of fields, including second language acquisition, foreign language education, educational policy, language policy, linguistics, and other areas of applied linguistics.

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General Subject
Children's Education
BISAC Subject 1
Foreign Language Study / Spanish
BISAC Subject 2
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
BISAC Subject 3
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
BIC Classification 1
Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
Library Subject 1
Language and languages - Study and teaching
Library Subject 2
Educational technology
Library Subject 3
Human-computer interaction
Dewey Classification
Professional & Vocational

Inside Flap

The potential of digital games in second and foreign (L2) classrooms is enormous. With their growing worldwide popularity and diversity, digital games provide new spaces and means for L2 learning that only a few years ago would have been unimaginable. Sykes and Reinhardt offer instructors a useful, research-based framework for understanding the intersection between digital games and research in L2 teaching and learning. The authors invite readers to imagine possible futures of digital game-informed, game-enhanced, and game-based language learning.

Author Bio

Julie Sykes is currently Director of The Center for Applied Second Language Studies at University of Oregon. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Julie's research focuses on the use of digital technologies for language acquisition with a specific focus on inter-language pragmatic development and intercultural competence. She has taught courses on second language teaching and learning methodology and research, language learning and technology, Hispanic linguistics, and inter-language pragmatic development. In addition, she has supervised large language programs. Julie's experience includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of online immersive spaces and the creation of place-based, augmented reality mobile games to engage language learners in a variety of non-institutional contexts. She has published various articles on CALL-related topics, including synchronous computer-mediated communication and pragmatic development, gaming and CALL, and lexical acquisition in digitally mediated environments. Julie also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. Jonathon Reinhardt is an Assistant Professor of English Language/Linguistics at the University of Arizona, where he is Director of the MA in TESL program, affiliate faculty in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), and co-director of the Games to Teach project at CERCLL with Julie Sykes. His research interests focus on socially-informed approaches to technology and L2 pedagogy, specifically digital gaming, digital L2 literacies, social networking and new media, and technology-mediated interaction. He has taught EFL in Austria and Japan, ESL in Chicago and Pennsylvania, and received his Ph.D. in 2007 from Penn State University. When not teaching, writing, or exploring new game-mediated worlds, he enjoys technology-free hikes in the Sonoran Desert.