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Fukudai Hero

A Video Game-like English Class in a Japanese National University

Ivan Lombardi    University of Fukui, Japan    



Fukudai Hero is a gamified English class running at the University of Fukui, Japan. To gamify a class means to apply game dynamics to enhance students’ engagement and motivation. In FH students play the role of trainee heroes in Fukudai – a fantasy kingdom modeled on the university, whose official language is English. Part of their journey towards mastery is mission-based. Missions require students to (pro)actively use English to achieve tangible goals. Main missions are given on a weekly basis, while extra missions can be chosen from a list. They are not compulsory. Students are responsible for their own journey and track their progress through a point-based system that translates to a grading scale: the more missions students complete, the higher their grade. This paper discusses the reception of FH, insights on the changes in engagement, samples of missions, class materials and student work from the first two pilot classes.

Nov. 1, 2015

Keywords: GamificationEngagementEFLMotivation

Copyright: © 2015 Ivan Lombardi. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.