Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

World Languages

First Advisor

Sayuri Kubota

Second Advisor

Motoko Tabuse


The digital video game genre of role-playing games, which provides a captivating story and motivating gaming experience, can be a valuable resource for second language learning, offering a large amount of language input in the form of authentic Japanese dialogue. However, without structured pedagogical activities, research suggests that these commercial off-the-shelf entertainment games may not be effective for second language learning. Therefore, for the purpose of aiding learners who are studying Japanese as a second language at an intermediate level, I have created pedagogical activities and scaffolding for the popular game, Chrono Trigger, and received feedback from 11 Japanese language learners.