Use of gamification in English learning in Higher Education: A systematic review

Kevin Mario Laura-De La Cruz, Stefany Juliana Noa-Copaja, Osbaldo Turpo-Gebera, Cecilia Claudia Montesinos-Valencia, Silvia Milagritos Bazán-Velasquez, Gerber Sergio Pérez-Postigo


Digital gamification is a dynamic technique for enhancing English learning and closing the barrier across student learning and pedagogical praxis. The review offers a summary of gamification in digital English learning environments. In addition, this review investigates the learning experiences and outcomes of foreign language students using gamification. For this study, 18 articles published between 2014 and March 2021 were analyzed to highlight the key characteristics of this research topic. Studies have demonstrated the positive effects of gamification on English as a Foreign Language Educational Experiences from University Learners. In gamified English learning environments, pleasantness, attractiveness, motivation, and enjoyment were all desirable qualities. Gamification's intended learning goals were language content learning, involvement, motivation, and satisfaction. This study's findings include recommendations for the design of digital gamification for the English learning of students, as well as their perspectives and corresponding learning achievements.


English learning, gamification, learning experience, learning outcomes, systematic review

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Journal of Technology and Science Education, 2011-2024

Online ISSN: 2013-6374; Print ISSN: 2014-5349; DL: B-2000-2012

Publisher: OmniaScience