Building Bonanza

16-Jul-2008

MEC Marketing Assistant, Julian Chant, writes:

Building Bonanza is an online game from the which enables players to build an energy efficient house. This activity provides text and audio support, including animated teenagers who pop up on the screen and rate the choices that players make.

As well as educating learners on the benefits of sustainable housing, the site is a fun and light-hearted source of ELT material. The mix of simple object terms and teenage slang that is used by the animated characters provides a good balance of vocabulary.

Two more advanced environmental-education sites include ElectroCity and Greenpeace’s EfficienCity. ElectroCity is an online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities, while EfficienCity is a high-quality flash presentation with detailed information about energy efficiency and sustainability.

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