A EUROPEAN LANGUAGES PROJECT

Frequently asked questions

Who can use THE LANGUAGE MAGICIAN?

The game is intended for schools or homeschooling teachers to evaluate the foreign language skills of their pupils. Upon registration, you are asked to provide contact information of your school (or in case of homeschooling teachers, your own telephone number). We might contact your school to verify your identity.

How much does the game cost?

The game is free of charge to schools registering and was co-funded as an Erasmus+ project.

Where can I find the game?

Please access the game via the link from the Home Page of this website: www.thelanguagemagician.net

Make sure you register early enough. Your login will be usable within 24 hours.

All other enquiries: tlm-information@goethe.de

If you are planning to play the game on iPads or tablets you can download THE LANGUAGE MAGICIAN-App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

As you need to download the app on each device, it is recommended to download it before you start the session with your pupils.

If you are planning to play the game on computers or laptops you will need to open the following web address in your browser (Firefox or Chrome, the game does not work with the Internet Explorer):

https://game.thelanguagemagician.net

What languages are available?

You can test English, German, French, Italian and Spanish as a foreign language.
Help, explaination and story is available in English, German, Italian and Spanish.
As a teacher, you can select a new test language and support language for each session.

Where do I register as a teacher?

Click on the green button on the Home Page ‘Register / set up game’ and the click on ‘Teacher Dashboard’ and follow the instructions.

How long is the game?

The game itself is 35 minutes long. You should plan extra time in advance (for you to try it) and time at the beginning for the set-up (introducing the game, logging in the pupils, pupils choosing avatar). After the game you can print out the certificates and hand them out to the pupils immediately, or in a future lesson.

How often can I play the game with my pupils?

We recommend playing each level of the game twice. Once at the beginning of the school year and once at the end of it. This way you can see the progress your pupils have been making over the school year and boost their confidence in their developing language skills.

Are the challenges always the same?

No, the challenges have a randomized aspect so that questions are shuffled, so no two games played over time will be the same. Even if a player has a second attempt within a game the questions may not be identical.

Within a session though all the players have the same initial questions.

How does the shuffling of questions work?

Each time you start a new session, the questions in the game will vary slightly. This happens, in order to make the game replayable and to avoid cheating. All students in one session receive the same questions.

How can I prepare the pupils for the game? Is there a list of vocabulary that you could send me?

There is no list of vocabulary to prepare the pupils for the game, as the tasks are based on international standards, and test skills and flexibility as much as language. However, there are Classroom resources on this website, which serve to prepare the pupils for the type of tasks used in the game.

What kind of data is being collected for the game?

The game will track the answers of your students, as well as any meta data you provide (name of school, location, pupils age, etc.). We also collect some meta information about devices used and possible errors.

What happens to the data after the game has been completed?

The data collected during a test session is stored on a server in the European Union and protected by state-of-the-art security. The teacher who conducted the test session can access it any time.

A version of the data is provided to researchers associated with the original Erasmus+ grant project. No version of the data can be used to identify individual students as they use nicknames only. We do not sell data or provide access to other parties.
For more information, see our data privacy statement:

https://www.thelanguagemagician.net/privacy/

What are the minimum system requirements for playing THE LANGUAGE MAGICIAN?

For teachers:

- A laptop or desktop computer running Windows (7 or above) or OSX (not tested on Linux)
- An internet connection (The traffic of the game is low. If the connection works for surfing the internet then it is sufficient for the Teacher Dashboard)
- An updated version of a modern internet browser: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari

For students playing the web version:

- A laptop or desktop computer running Windows (7 or above) or OSX (not tested on Linux)
- Minimum: Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, onboard graphics chip works, dedicated graphics card is preferred. (The game may run on systems with lower specifications, but it may run very slow)
- An internet connection (The traffic of the game is low. If the connection works for surfing the internet then it is sufficient for the game to run. The first game download may take long depending on the connection)
- An updated version of a modern internet browser: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari (The game will not run in Internet Explorer)
- Headphones and a mouse (trackpad only is not recommended).

For students playing on iPad:

- iPad 2 or newer

For students playing on Andoid:

- Google Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S2 or newer devices with similar or higher specifications. Android 4.1 and above

At my school we do not have enough devices (iPads, computers) for each pupil. Can I split up my class in two groups and play the game once with each group?

Yes, that is possible. Each pupil needs a device to play the game. Depending on how many devices are available at your school you could play the game with one half of the class in one session and in the next session you could play it with the other half. Please note that you should be present with the part of the class that is playing the game in case individual pupils face problems.

Can I set up 2 sessions at the same time (e.g. for different languages)?

This is possible if (1) you register twice with different email addresses (2) You have two devices to set up the teacher dashboard – one for each session.

Each pupil needs a device to play the game and headphones.

What can I do if my pupils experience technical problems during gameplay?

Depending on the kind of problems you are experiencing, a good solution is often to refresh the game: You can restart the app during gameplay, or refresh the web page running the game. After starting up, it will automatically continue from the last point.
Please also check our minimum system requirements and our setup guide to avoid errors caused by your local hardware or system setup.
If you keep experiencing a problem, please contact us via the contact form.

What do I do, if the Teacher Dashboard web page stays white or if the game does not continue beyond the closed book cover?

If you experience either of these problems, it means that the game can not establish a necessary connection to the game server. Please check your firewall (or get in touch with your school's IT-department) an unblock the following connection: WebSocket connection to wss://connector.thelanguagemagician.net/ on port 443. Alternatively, you can try to use a different internet connection.

 

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