Trace Effects: A Video Game for Learning American English and Culture

A collaborative English language video game experience for students ages 12-16. Learn English and explore American culture through puzzles, games, and adventures in an interactive world.

Trace Effects is a groundbreaking 3-D immersive DVD video game designed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Office of English Language Programs, for young English language learners. Trace Effects is designed to complement English language instruction through Web and DVD-based interactive 3D multi-media learning activities.

Trace Effects also introduces users to American society and explores themes related to entrepreneurship, community activism, empowering women, science and innovation, environmental conservation, and mutual understanding.

The U.S. Embassy to Belgium has free copies of the game available for teachers and students of English in Belgium.  For more information or to request a copy, please contact us via ircbrussels@state.gov.

 

This innovative language learning video game will complement students’ classroom English language instruction through interactive 3-D multimedia learning adventures. Trace Effects is geared for players aged 12-16.

Gamers interact and solve puzzles in a virtual world filled with diverse English-speaking characters. In the game, students take a dynamic journey through the United States, traveling to cultural locations like Kansas, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

 

 

Who is Trace?
Trace, the main character, is a university student from the year 2045 who has accidentally traveled back in time to the present. In order to get home, he must complete a challenging mission to change the future for the better by helping six different young people accomplish great things and have a positive impact on the future.

 

Game Themes
Geared toward young people, Trace Effects exposes users to American society and explores themes related to entrepreneurship, community activism, empowering women, science and innovation, environmental conservation, and conflict resolution.

 

Game Features

  • 7 chapters of game play
  • 28 practice activities
  • 4 multi-player practice activities
  • Comprehensive teacher and student
  • manuals
  • 7 graphic novels for extension activities
  • Point-based scoring system
  • American English dictionary
  • integration
  • Offline play option through a DVD
  • Mobile app for feature phones
  • Social media connectivity

 

The U.S. Embassy to Belgium has free copies of the game available for teachers and students of English in Belgium.  For more information or to request a copy, please contact us via ircbrussels@state.gov.

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