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March 1, 2022

S2 22.0 Minecraft: Great for ELLs

Have you heard of Minecraft? It is a great tool to teach vocabulary, verb tenses and use visuals to showcase sentence structures. It works well with all ages and students love using it because they’re having fun while learning. Listen for creative ways that Ryan integrates Minecraft into his teaching.


Discover a new game: Minecraft to integrate into your language classroom. Students of all ages love it, but it’s most recommended for young learners. Learn how to integrate Minecraft into vocabulary development, practicing verb tenses, and pairing for reading. The embedded visuals are a helpful way to shelter your instruction.

Ryan and Aileen Discuss:

  • Minecraft is - An open-world game where you build, battle, and explore.
  • How it supports young learners and learners of all ages
  • How to access Minecraft and use it with your learners
  • How to connect gameplay to learning instruction
    • Reading - rebuild a story and act it out
    • Vocabulary - immersive environment and supportive text
    • Verb Tenses - Asking what is happening in the game
  • How to access - cellphones, laptops, game consoles, and more
  • Recommendations
    • Pre-made lesson plans at Minecraft Edu
    • Buy Minecraft for yourself and explore

Minecraft Education Edition -- https://education.minecraft.net/

Minecraft Regular Version -- https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/about-minecraft

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Ryan Elliott

English Language Fellow

I started my English teaching career back in 2017 where I travelled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for a one year teaching gig. Since then, this field has brought me to a number of lands and latitudes such as Cambodia, China, Vietnam and Turkey. In addition, I have over 4 years experience teaching students IELTS to study abroad or emigrate to English speaking countries. In the United States, I placed international students on F-1 and J-1 visas with host-families and school districts.