Do you remember “Choose your own adventure” books?

You arrive at the end of the hallway.  In front of you there is a red door with a brass handle.  To your right, you see a staircase leading up into darkness.  What do you do?

  1. Open the door (turn to page 17)
  2. Go up the stairs (turn to page 44)

Or text-based role-playing games?

Screenshot from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy role playing game.
Screenshot from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy role playing game. Downloaded 22 October 2020 from Sartorial Greek.

Story-telling, especially this sort of branching narrative offers many opportunities for language learners.

On the one hand, instructors can create a storyline that students interact with as a way of practicing targeted language forms and vocabulary. On the other, learners (individually or in groups) can use story creation software (there are many options available) to create their own stories as a way of practicing and demonstrating mastery of the language they are learning.

This year, we are taking first steps in exploring this approach. Phase 1: identifying software options. Our ultimate goal is to create a project template (including support materials) that can be used by learners of any language.

Watch this webpage for updates.