Map App is inspired by immigrants striving to learn English, to socialize and integrate.  It is an educational game for adult English learners that aims to help them improve their listening skills.  The demo video below is a preliminary prototype.

During gameplay, users listen to a sequence of directions to an unknown destination, and move a game piece on the map accordingly.

This game’s development is informed by user interviews and play testing with my Vietnamese-American students.  So far, they have validated the game’s concept, and made it clear that some players may need hints and clearer maps.  Interviews with teachers have proposed additions like a scavenger hunt mode and an option to create user-generated content.  This would enable English learners to develop their speaking skills by recording their own directions.

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