Studies show that the most important factor in a person’s success at learning a language is their level of motivation. Gamification is a great way to help students stay motivated long term. How do games keep kids motivated? Well, other than simply being fun, games create a need to accumulate points.
Points are central to games.
Without points many games become less fun and motivating. This is true for games where we are competing with others but is it healthy for kids to alway compare themselves to others when they are studying? Students that win less often are likely to lose motivation and confidence in the long run. In The Gamerize Dictionary, points take the form of gold. Gold can be used to buy weapons and armor as well as develop the kingdom and fulfill the needs of the kingdom’s inhabitants.