Social learning and literacy affordances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons



  • Author: Peter Hourdequin
  • Peer-reviewed: βœ…
  • Peer-reviewers: Evan Bostelmann, Jonathan deHaan, D.M. Jones, Frederick Poole.
  • Date of publication: 2020/09/02
  • Keywords: Bilingualism, Literacy, Parenting, Play, Video games
  • Cite: Hourdequin, P. (2020). Social learning and literacy affordances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Ludic Language Pedagogy (2), p.187-202.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers useful opportunities for bilingual literacy development and the exploration of important social issues. This article chronicles and reflects on a parent’s journey in and around ACNH with his three children. #games4change #learningthroughplay

Key points

  • What is this? A teacher/parent’s reflections on learning opportunities that exist in and around the Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

  • Why did you make it? I am interested in sharing how the game might be used similarly by other parents and also how I might ultimately use the game with students in my work as a university English instructor.

  • Who is it for? Parents of elementary age children (or above), and teachers at any level.

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