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September 12th and the McDonald’s Videogame

October 30th, 2007 by Dave · No Comments

Here are two more games that could be used with students as part of a global issues activity.

Sept12The first is September 12th. While technically not a game, this simulation illustrates the impossibility of peace through violence. It is elegantly simple, and five minutes or so of “playing” time could stimulate interesting discussion on terrorism, violence and other such issues. There’s very little language involved in the game itself, though.

McDIn the McDonald’s Videogame, players control everything from the farm to the boardroom. Lots and lots of global issues are introduced including food safety, workers’ rights, advertising to children, environmental degradation and many more. There is ample reading in the game, particularly in the tutorial. The game play is rather fast, but all of the readings appear on separate screens (without time limits) and there is also a pause button.

Both of these videogames seem like great ways to bring global issues into a language classroom, and both can be played online for free. The McDonald’s game is also available as a standalone download and comes in several languages.

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