Paris Occupé

Abstract:

Dr. Terri Nelson of CA State University presents Paris Occupé

An instructor-created role-playing game (RPG) where students take on fictional identities was used to learn about Nazi-occupied Paris. The combination of historical information learned through more traditional course materials (fiction and nonfiction in a variety of media) plus the personal, emotional engagement with their RPG character, is helping students engage in higher level critical thinking skills and express more nuanced emotional, moral and philosophical stances in French while developing a more comprehensive and realistic understanding of this complex time period.

This presentation will also discuss the game design features underlying the content delivery and linguistic scaffolding.

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