Quest-based Learning

Costello: Quest Based Learning

Classroom Edition

Costello: Quest-based Learning is a unique EFL/ESL course at the pre-intermediate to intermediate level that combines a textbook with a text-based virtual reality computer game on CD-Rom. Based on the much larger online version of Costello, the game sends students on a series of quests to locations as diverse as a dark jungle and a quiet country village, all the while providing rich, meaning-focused exposure to native English. Carefully structured tasks in the Student Book guide students through each quest, combining focused language instruction with discussion and writing activities.

For more information click on the 'Classroom Edition' link.

Features include:

  • Traditional textbook format combined with computer-based text.
  • Meaning-focused exposure to target language.
  • Developed and researched in the classroom over 10 years.
  • Game-based activities keep motivation high.
  • Wide variety of characters and situations to ensure rich language
  • CD-Rom contains all quests in the Student Book.
  • Free access via Internet to the full version of Costello, with many
    more quests and audio input. and free online game manual as PDF.
  • Extensive additional activities and teacher support online.
  • British and American English can be switched at any time
  • Available in black and white and full color versions
Costello: Quest Based Learning

2008 Self Study Edition

The self-study edition is identical to the classroom edition except for the following points:
  • Specifically classroom-focussed activities replaced with self-study activities
  • Answers at the back of the book
Costello Online Game Manuals

Online Self-study course

The online self-study program is a custom-designed program(me) in which we work with teachers and schools to provide a reading/writing course suitable for intermediate to advanced students. It uses the enormous online Costello World (with over 10,000 locations to visit and over 90 extended tasks called 'quests'). Courses can be tailored depending on the amount of teacher involvement required. We can also offer supervision and grading of students within a program by qualified TESL/TEFL staff.

Included in the package:
  • Start up manual
  • Reference Manual
  • Software CD (Win/Mac/Unix)
  • Text narration files
  • Online report system for marking and monitoring

Optional course elements:

  • Building student areas of the online world (focused writing)
  • Assessment and monitoring of students by qualified staff

    Please contact us if you'd like to talk to us about developing a course based on the online game.

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