Refugees and other newcomer players decide how to respond to opportunities and challenges that arise after resettlement in the U.S. Players choose goals, collect resources, and respond to situations that change every game. Players may focus on trying to get a high score or on completing the goals that are most important to them.
Players do not “win” or “lose.” Instead, they receive a score and are shown the goals they completed. The game encourages experimentation, so that players can reflect on the results of different choices made during the game.
Choosing My Way is targeted for refugees and new immigrants with some English proficiency who want to learn about life in the U.S. through game play. The game is also designed for orientation providers and educators to use with small groups, facilitating reflection and discussion about available choices and decision making.
The contents of this game were developed by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics under an agreement financed by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, United States Department of State, under the authority of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of that agency and should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
The United States Department of State reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use, and to authorize others to use, the work for Government purposes.