There are many benefits of learning with games. Many of these relate to motivation, engagement and memory.
Games with strong worlds, characters and stories create emotional connections between learners and the game. This increases motivation, and it encourages learners to talk about the world and characters even after they have finished playing, such as in the classroom or the playground.
Games engage learners. Each learner has a different objective when playing a game. Some prefer to “master” the game and complete everything; others prefer to achieve the highest score. There are many ways for learners to engage with games as they are multi-dimensional.
Games are a safe environment for learners to practise their language skills without feeling embarrassed or judged. This lowers anxiety, and learners feel freer to express themselves.
Games give learners the opportunity to engage in authentic communicative practices, which they might not be able to do in other situations. Games provide tasks and missions and objectives that give learners a variety of reasons to use the language.
Games support the development of procedural language knowledge, which increases the ability to communicate fluently.
Games also help to develop 21st century skills, such as creativity, empathy, persistence, problem solving and collaboration.