Presenter profile: Joe Pereira

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I had the privilege of meeting Joe and listen to him speak at my university's conference last year and can assure you that you will be in for a really interesting experience when you join his session at Glasgow 2012.


Could you please briefly introduce yourself?


I teach at the British Council in Porto, Portugal. I was born in Portugal, but grew up in Canada. I’m currently at a loss as to where I belong.


What is your session about?


13:45; Thursday, March 22, Staffa


"Learn Language: Using Interactive Fiction for digital game-based language learning"


I’m going to talk about the venerable all-text genre of video game known as Interactive Fiction (or text-adventures) and how they are an incredibly engaging way to promote reading for fluency and practice all areas of language.


Why are you interested in the area you’ll be presenting on?


I’ve been a fan of IF for over 25 years and always known that I was learning things while playing it. With all the recent exposure Digital Game-based Learning has in educational research, and because I’ve done my own research in the field, I finally decided to really promote IF with language teachers and students.


What should your audience expect to learn?


1 – What IF is

2 – How it can be used to provide English language practice

3 – How to choose an appropriate game

4 – How to implement IF in a lesson

5 – What students say about using IF in the classroom

6 – How not to be eaten by a lurking Grue



Do you blog? Tell us about it?



IF Only: Interactive Fiction and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL)


Basically the blog is a compendium of all my thoughts on the IF – theory, design and of course, it’s educational affordances. It gives readers a clear idea of what it is, how to play it, where to get it, why to use it with students and how to use it with students. I plan to add regular lesson plans showcasing different IF games to be used with different levels.


What other aspects of the conference are you looking forward to?


Going to some innovative sessions by big names and new ones.

Meeting up with friends and colleagues from the BC, my PLN and making new ones.

Seeing FISH.

Having a beer and discussing Queens of the Stone Age with Adam Simpson.


That beer sounds good. Looking forward to it!


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