Minecraft partners with Cambridge to create an educational world
Adventures in English with Cambridge was designed in collaboration with the exam and qualification provider and the tech giant Microsoft.
Children can use the new world to practice their language skills in a “fun, interactive and immersive” way, solving puzzles and problems in a creative and engaging environment.
“This world takes English language immersion beyond the classroom into a magical Minecraft library full of mini-games, complete with a fairy sidekick,” said Minecraft Education Manager Allison Matthews.
The game focuses on the skills needed for the basic level, equivalent to English A1 and above the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
It brings together real-life communication and interactive games and puzzles, with a “story-driven” baseline.
“Young learners exploring our world will be able to practice their English skills, have fun and start a learning adventure they will never forget,” said Belinda Cerdá, Head of Digital Partnerships at Cambridge Assessment English.
Cerdá went on to say that the game was designed to help children learn the language while “playing a game they love”.
The game comes from the same Cambridge team that produces the “world famous” Cambridge English Qualifications, taken by people all over the world.
Although the game is generally marketed to children, the game “can be enjoyed by both children and adults” on their “English learning journey”.
“Young learners exploring our world will be able to practice their English skills, have fun and start a learning adventure”
“As more Minecraft players and families download educational maps to play at home, we’re excited to bring this high-level language-learning content to the wider Minecraft community,” added Matthews.
This is Minecraft’s first foray into fully educational gaming, as it is the first educational game available for purchase on the Minecraft Marketplace.
Adventures in English with Cambridge has already received critical acclaim, having been awarded Gold in the K12 category at the Reimagine Education Awards.
Players can purchase the game from the Minecraft Marketplace here.