AF Bangalore Kicks Off Virtual Soccer Contest!
Avid supporters whipped into a frenzy, players who are revered as demigods, and teams battling it out for sporting glory – nothing quite gives an adrenaline kick like a football match. This year, France is hosting the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship or the EURO. It goes without saying that millions of telespectators around the world will be glued to their television sets, computer screens and smartphones as they witness 24 European teams give their sweat and blood to win the trophy.
Many video games have been inspired by this sporting event – to the extent that their popularity rivals the actual game itself. It isn’t really necessary to choose between the console and the ball however. In an amalgamation typical to our digital age, the popularity of the virtual supports and even promotes the real. Indeed, educators around the world are increasingly looking at how the engagement and immersion offered by a video game can be used to facilitate learning – especially when it comes to learning a foreign language.
The network of Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal had recently embarked on an innovative project to use commercial video games to teach French. The gargantuan project is supported by the Plan d’Appui aux Médiathèques (PAM) of Institut Français Paris and is being piloted by Alliance Française de Bombay for the entire AF India-Nepal network. Never one to be left behind, Alliance Française de Bangalore had recently acquired a PlayStation 4 as part of this Serious Gaming project. The decision to organise a Virtual Soccer Contest at the premises of AF Bangalore followed naturally!
The contest was organized exclusively for the students of AF Bangalore. The icing on the cake was that the commentary for the virtual games was in French as well so as to offer the students an opportunity to enjoy the game while simultaneously interacting in French. A true taste of a certain aspect of European culture! During two power-packed weeks, the different phases of the contest were conducted in the cafeteria. Many students attended these sessions to cheer for their friends thereby creating an electric atmosphere on the premises! The students also started following the actual tournament more closely leading to discussions in French outside of class hours about the teams and the players.
The prizes for this contest were provided by Decathlon Whitefield. These included tee shirts, sunglasses and soccer balls. The final game of this contest is scheduled for 6th July and the students already have 2 large teams supporting their respective friends. Connect with us on the AF Bangalore Facebook page to find out the final winner!
Ambre ARCANGELI (Asst. Cultural Coordinator, Alliance Française de Bangalore)
Prutha NARKE (Cultural Coordinator, Alliance Française de Bangalore)