Hi ESL teachers,

I'm a professor at Concordia University here in Montreal, and I'm posting here because we've produced an awesome, hilarious new mobile game (iOS/Android) for English language learning called Spaceteam ESL. The game is completely free (no ads) and non-commercial--it is entirely funded with grant money from the Canadian government. It's based on Henry Smith's hit game Spaceteam (3.5 million+ downloads), so it should be plenty of fun for ESL students, in addition to being useful from the learning standpoint.

Spaceteam ESL is a unique game in that it is multiplayer only--you need at least two players to play--and it also has to be played in the same room, since it relies on WiFi or Bluetooth technology. The game works similarly to the jigsaw method in education, where each person has partial information. In Spaceteam ESL, each player receives time-sensitive instructions for their spaceship's control panel that is displayed on their phone, but the instructions are actually for the _other player's_ control panel, so the players must talk to one another to successfully keep their spaceship alive. For example, in the screenshot below, Player 1 would receive an instruction, "Pull animal!" that would be for Player 2's control panel, while Player 2 would receive an instruction, "Switch off book!" for Player 1's control panel.

Developing fluency is always a challenge in the ESL classroom, and our app is a fun and free way for teachers to get their students talking. We've got a couple of videos up which show the gameplay--there's a game preview available here (www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6iFMmDWeZk) and you can see some teachers playtesting the game here (www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjI7O-AncWE). More information can be found at our website, which is here.

The game features multiple levels of vocabulary, and each level is drawn from the most commonly used words in English. Level 1 is drawn from the 1000 most used words, Level 2 is drawn from the top 2000, and so on. There is also a pronunciation practice feature that allows students to practice saying all of the words in the game.

If any of you are interested in trying the game out, we'd love to hear about it, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you've got questions!


David Waddington