Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis


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.