Not exactly Age of Empires

Age of Empires: building yourself an entire world…

One reason teachers take their learners to the computer room is that it's "more exciting", "more interesting" than being in the traditional classroom.

That may be true — we shouldn't assume that what we ask our learners to do is actually going to be exciting.

It probably isn't, not if you're a kid who's grown up on video games — like some of the stunning PlayStation football games, or Age of Empires.

Age of Empires lets you start from scratch with just a few villagers, build houses and cultivate crops, hunt wild boar and chop down trees — and from there go on to build an entire empire, with castles and universities and monasteries…

A HotPotatoes exercise on a computer might be fractionally more motivating than yet another grammar exercise in your Headway coursebook, but it's not exactly Age of Empires…

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