Project Title #SOTB: Speak-on-the-Blocks
Project Category Innovation
Abstract Speak-on-the-Blocks or #SOTB consists of 45 wooden blocks imprinted with strips of speaking tasks that enables players to not only stack up the blocks but at the same time, to practise speaking skills in an engagingly fun way. Players take turns to remove a block then complete a speaking task before stacking it up crossway on the top layer of the block and the game ends when the tower of blocks topples down. What makes #SOTB unique is its two-in-one concept that allows players to play the game in two different ways via a) #SOTB – speaking strategies, oral odyssey, topic trail and brain buzz, or b) story-chain. The various speaking tasks which are categorized and labelled according to #SOTB, give players the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in using the language, while the words for story-chain are aptly selected from the Oxford 3000 Wordlist, which are deemed imperative in English language learning because of its importance and usefulness. #SOTB does not only revolve around game mechanics but it is also a mental game that requires active thinking while playing the game. Part of the novelty lies in the combination of speaking tasks and the element of games in optimizing maximum participation to motivate players’ engagement. The viability of utilizing #SOTB among English language learners is seen as a key factor for successful commercialization as there are no block-stacking games in the market that puts language practice and challenge together in a game. Having a game that is exploratory and experiential in nature does not only provide challenge to players but it also amplifies the effect of meaningful learning. As players struggle to balance the blocks from toppling down, they also attempt to achieve proficiency in speaking the English language.
Validation Status Validated
Validation Date 2016-07-19


Staff Status
Jacqueline Susan anak Rijeng Leader
Tang Howe Eng, Dr. Member
Imelia Laura ak Daneil Member
Mohamad Musa bin Bohari Member
Vicky Chin Member


Event Name Event Date Event Level Achievement Event Venue
10th Division Invention, innovation & Design Expo (TIIDEX) 2016 2016-03-05 Campus Silver Dewan Sri Balau, UiTM Kampus Mukah
1 2016-12-02 Campus 0