Simple Gamification Ideas for Language Learning Course Exercises

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Nandakishore Kumar

When building a language learning course, reinforcing phonic sounds, alphabet order, compound letters & words, grammar concepts, etc through simple interactive exercises can be very effective & motivating for the young learner.

01. Audio – Drag & Drop Exercises

Audio drag & drop exercises are meant to test the learner’s understanding of phonic & letter sounds. Learner has to listen to the sound & identify the corresponding letter and drop on the audio icon. Only correct drops are allowed & there is no scoring involved other than prompting learner to revisit the lesson concept after certain number of incorrect tries.

  • Audio - Train
  • Audio - Fishbowl
  • Audio - Hot air Balloon
  • Audio - School Bus
  • Audio - Light Bulb
  • Audio - Bees
  • Audio - Fruit Monkeys

02. Sorting – Arrange in correct order

These exercises are meant to reinforce the learner’s understanding of order of letters. Learner has to drag & drop the letters in the correct order to complete the exercise. Only correct drops are allowed & there is no scoring involved other than prompting learner to revisit the lesson concept after certain number of incorrect tries. On successful completion, user is shown animated “well done” with a badges, stars, balloons, etc with some kids friendly cheering sounds.

If the number of letters are more, you can also build “join the dots” exercises. After clicking the dots in the correct order, picture of animal, bird, etc is revealed to the learner.

  • Sort - Help the Cat
  • Sort - Puzzle
  • Sort - Cracker
  • Sort - Complete the Series
  • Sort - Connect the Dots
  • Sort - Connect the Dots
  • Sort - Connect the Dots

03. Dictation & Reading Practice

In dictation exercises, learner is asked to write down the letters or words dictated & compare them with answers in the next slide. Learner can also listen to sounds again by clicking on the letters or words.

In reading practice, learner is shown list of words to read. Learner can also click on the word to listen to how the word is pronounced & compare with his own reading skills.

  • Dictation - Letters
  • Dictation - Letters Answers
  • Reading - Read Words
  • Reading - Read Words

04. Letter & Word Exercises

Letter & word exercises can be used to reinforce concept of compound letters & words are formed. Test learner’s understanding of letters that constitute a word or form a word using group of letters, etc

  • Letter - Composition
  • Letter - Compound Letters
  • Word - Join the Letters
  • Word - Join the Letters Feedback
  • Word - Split the Word
  • Word - Split the Word

05. Image Exercises

Image exercises can be used to test familiarization of letters or words with the images starting with that letter or representing that word respectively. Depending on the exercise type, learner to drag & drop the image, find the word, pick image, etc..

  • Image - Drag & Drop
  • Image - Word Search
  • Image - MCQ

06. Grouping Exercises

Grouping exercises can be used to reinforce concept of different font classes grouping, gender-based grouping, etc. Learner is asked to drag & drop the letter or word to respective group area.

  • Grouping - Words
  • Grouping - Fruit Basket
  • Grouping - Tiles
  • Grouping - Book Shelf

Note -
All the above exercises were built using Articulate Storyline 2. But these are very easy to implement in other interactive content authoring platform like Adobe Captivate, Lectora, etc

All the exercises are kept simple with some animation at the starting of the exercise & an audio instruction on how to attempt the exercise. Simple prompt to check if the learner wants to revisit the concept if the learner made continuous wrong attempts. A well-done message at the end with different images like trophy, badge, balloons, etc once the learner successfully completes the exercise.

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