Playing with Language


The paper discusses how the foreign language classroom can serve as a connecting link between the pedagogy of experiential philanthropy, a form of service learning, and second language acquisition through positive engagement with the digital environment. Through linguistic immersion in an online game, students in an upper level German class expanded upon their second language skills while conducting a fundraiser and participating in the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project. The paper offers student learning outcomes, the framework of the course as well as observations and student feedback.


Philanthropy, Language, Digital


Learning in Higher Education


Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


  • Dr. Andrea Fieler
    • Lecturer, World Languages and Literatures, Northern Kentucky University, United States United States