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When teachers can’t speak the language – how are they going to teach it?

February 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

If a teacher cannot speak French or Spanish, how are they able to teach them as subjects? With the numbers of language teachers falling precipitously it's becoming more and more normal for a class to be taught by teachers who cannot themselves speak the language they teach. How can that work? Games like chess can harness human intellect I know many of the world's greatest chess players (in a previous life I ran the world chess championships) and it's interesting that the great Chess Grandmasters have chess coaches. It's interesting in that the chess [...]

What makes a Good Game become Great

December 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

What's the secret to a great game?...Well first and foremost it has to be enjoyable. Not many games survive if they aren't any fun!! Less obvious is that they should also be a challenge. Noughts and crosses is good fun only until you know the system and then every game becomes a boring draw. So if you have a game that's fun and a challenge - then it's (in my book at least) reached the the league of Good Games. But how does it go on to become a great game? As a games designer I [...]

Homeschooling for Spanish and French – how parents can easily help their children learn a language

September 5th, 2016|

(and not be fluent) Homeschooling is a big undertaking. Parents aim to educate their children at home and aspire to provide an education at least as good, if not better, than the local school system. Apart from the monumental responsibility of being a parent and the primary educator...parents need to become proficient at a raft of subjects usually taught by specialist teachers. In most subjects a parent needs to master a subject in order to teach it...science subjects, geography, mathematics all require the comprehension of complex  systems. Even in English the parent will need to have a grasp of [...]

How playing games is driving academic excellence

August 29th, 2016|

As exam results roll in, games are shown to boost performance In the UK, it's the season for academic results...students opening letters followed by squeals of delight or moans of despair. There is a lot of post exam analysis...where could I have improved this? What could I have done differently? At the same time an article in the Sunday Times caught my eye: "Maths GCSE for girls 8 and 9!" Improve academic performance through games GCSEs are UK exams taken by 16 year olds...to pass a GCSE at aged 8 or 9 is remarkable. So you wonder [...]

Video Game v Board Game – how board games fought back

August 1st, 2016|

For a long time board games were in terminal decline. "The Video Game killed the Board Game Star" as it were....except it didn't. Board games have more than bounced back. In 2009 board game sales started to rise again - and have been doing so every year since.

The many surprising benefits of playing board games

June 22nd, 2016|Tags: , |

WHAT CAN THE HUMBLE BOARD GAME DO FOR ME? Those old board games are sooo last century right? Adults learn French by playing KLOO's Race to Paris Board Game Well no, they're really not. Board games bring lots of benefits that on-line games and screen games just can't. And some of those benefits are really quite surprising. At KLOO, we make language games to help people learn a second language as they play. The game is increasingly being adopted by schools and the feedback from young students is fascinating. Teachers are often taken aback [...]

Helping your child learn a language – when you’re not fluent yourself

May 27th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Research has shown that even if you don't know a second language, learning alongside your child is often more effective than your child learning on their own. What's more, with the right materials, it's actually easy to help your child really improve - and a lot of fun too.

Research on how Games improve Language Learning in Classroom

March 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

A Study of The Power of Games to Motivate Learners Teaching languages is no easy task We have a lot of empathy with language teachers. MFL is, without doubt, a difficult subject to teach - more difficult than most. Teachers need to somehow motivate students to learn lots of data (words) which are also annoyingly fiddly and work to some arcane grammatical rules. That would be OK if every student in the class was a model student and prepared to knuckle under...but that's not the universe we live in. In reality many students tune out as soon as the tough stuff comes long. [...]

Spice up learning French with KLOO’s Race to Paris Board Game

January 21st, 2016|

Learning French can be fun So many people struggle with learning a language. One of the main hurdles is that people find it difficult and, let's be honest, the polar opposite to having fun. But thousands of people have discovered  it can be easy - and fun. What is this I hear? Learning French can be fun? Oui, c'est vrai! This short video shows how the Race to Paris Game board game adds a few extra twists to the bestselling game. Soon you'll be racing to Paris - learning words and making sentences as you go. Time to [...]

French Teacher demonstrates KLOO Games

January 18th, 2016|

How to play KLOO's Race to Paris and learn French Top French Teacher, Susie, uses KLOO games to help teach French. She explains how the game helps students to build sentences and learn new words as they play. This is a great explanation of how to play Race to Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkYMVVy6JPY   Learn French, Spanish and Italian Games at http://kloogame.com Susie is a language teacher from Stevenage with over 1000 hours of teaching experience. She offers one-to-one tuition via Skype and face-to-face lessons and uses KLOO GAMES with her students to make sure her lessons [...]

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