A few weeks ago I was tutoring 3 young girls. I think they’re in grade 5 in primary school, so they’re probably about 10 years old or so. There English isn’t bad, but they don’t understand enough to play many of my adventure games.
I wanted to play Desert Island Adventure with them since they like Horror Island so much when we did it the week before. So I went back and rewrote several sections of the game. Here are a few noticeable changes:
- Start: I didn’t like starting the game with the title showing up. Whenever we got to the part where it asks them where they’re going they always answer with the name of the game. Now they have to give a bit more of a creative answer for a destination.
- Rules: I made the rules a lot easier to understand for lower-level ESL students. I got rid of the word ‘health’ entirely and really cut back on the food and health section. I tried to make it easier to understand, although teachers will have to do a lot of explaining still.
- Places: One thing the ESL teacher will have to guide the students through is the section where they tell you the three places on the island. The answers are mountain, forest, and beach and I’ve nearly always had to say at least one when the students can’t guess.
- Language: I really had to dumb-down the language so that younger students can still have a good time and understand most things. The boars are now called pigs, and shelter has been changed to house. There are many other changes, but you’ll still find the raft/boat section when you’re getting off the island to be a little difficult.
As usual I encourage anyone who downloads the game to change it as they wish for their particular ESL class. I’ve played ESL Desert Island Adventure many times over the years, and I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to make an easier version.
I hope some of you ESL teachers out there get some good use out of it, and if there’s a positive response I might make different and easier versions of some of my other games. You can read of some teacher testimonials here.
For now enjoy this one in your class, for the low price of $0.99!