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International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )

Abstract :

Language learners generally encounter a set of problems in the cumbersome journey of learning a new language. One of the most pivotal problems language learners have to get along with is cultural differences between L1 and L2. Scholars believe that for learning language aptly practitioners should highly concentrate on the cultural aspects of L2 language. Unfortunately, classroom has its own limitation. For instance, teachers don’t have enough time to allocate to these cultural differences appropriately or they may don’t have enough knowledge regarding the culture of L2; or even sometimes there are biased and do not reflect these cultural differences appropriately. Recent study shows that there is growing interest in language learners for understanding these cultural differences realistically. One of the most current tools that can actualize the possibility of operationalizing this recent interest is videogame. Videogame can provide a virtual situation not only where students can attend to these cultural differences but where they can participate in that given atmosphere and stay with it for a while. To gather data 6 Iranian EFL language learners who were well-acquainted with videogame were interviewed. The results of this study indicates that learners who benefited from videogame believe that videogame can be deemed as a superior tool by which language learners can feel the true way cultural differences are. Also, after participating in those cultural differences they can make unbiased decisions. What is more, languages learners feel these cultural differences subconsciously which bring about learners tolerate L2 cultural differences more optimally than usual situation. The result also shows that videogame can be a fresh wave for minimizing the potential cultural shock between two languages .

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