Teaching Values through games – A Presentation Given in PRTESOL’s 38th Annual Convention

Find below the my talk from PRTESOL’s 38th Annual Convention where I talk about how to teach values through games.

You can download the powerpoint version here:

The “four As” concept comes from a conversation I had with a colleague a while back. She went to a presentation where a researcher was talking about “universal values that can be taught through games”. If you are that researcher, or know him, give me the contact info so I can give you credit. I developed this variation of the Jenga activity based on a similar activity used by Prof. Jose Cruz Massas in Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEM).

The “values analysis” I presented on Missile Command was heavily influenced by Daniel Floyd’s own closed reading of the game, although his interpretation focuses on how mechanics tell a narrative and now on how the game as a whole teaches values.

The section on MMORPGs is entirely of my own, and is based on several activities I’ve done with my ESL students where I have them run quests and I evaluate them 30% on quest outcome and 70% on language use. The game used in this presentation is Fiesta Online.

I’ll get around to writing about how to get free graduate level education sometime soon. I promise 🙂


About Quijano

Johansen Quijano is a professor of English in The University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development focusing on TESOL, and a Master’s Degree in English Literature. He has published and presented on a variety of topics including video game studies, popular culture studies, education, teaching methodology, language acquisition, romantic poetry, and victorian literature. His research interests include the above-mentioned topics, narrative, interactivity, simulation, new media in general, and 18th century literature. He also enjoys creative writing (fiction, historical fiction, and poetry), and reading all kinds of epic literary works - from the Epic Poem of Gilgamesh to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

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