2011 Global Education Conference - Cypris Chat

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Cypris Chat - Virtual world language learning in Second Life. Mike McKay, Adjunct English Professor at Mukogawa Women's University near Osaka, Japan is researching how English learners in an EFL …

Cypris Chat - Virtual world language learning in Second Life. Mike McKay, Adjunct English Professor at Mukogawa Women's University near Osaka, Japan is researching how English learners in an EFL environment can practice speaking English using virtual worlds such as Second Life. This presentation shows the popularity of virtual worlds as a whole as well as examples of how he is utilizing the technology to offer free activities for language learning and practice in his community; Cypris Chat.

This presentation is available in it's entirety on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28eqEz2AX-8

Citation: McKay, M. D. (2011, 11). In S Hargadon (Chair), L. Gray (Co-Chair). Cypris Chat – virtual world language learning in second life. Presentation delivered at 2011 Global Education Conference, online. Retrieved from http://globaleducation.ning.com/page/2011-conference

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  • 1. Mike McKay M.Ed. Tech Mukogawa Women’s University Nishinomiya, Japan Adjunct - English Department“Learning should be a way of life instead of a struggle to achieve” -- Mike McKay / Professor Merryman
  • 2. TUTORIAL 1. You can see your name and status 2. Text chat here. Type your thoughts, comments, and questions. We are recording the session. I’ll read everything later. 3. Press the hand to ask a question in voice. Please wait until I ask for questions. 4. Press “Talk”. Speak. Then press again to turn off. 5. Uncheck “Follow” to scroll through slides manually. 6. To put yourself on the map: click the star icon, then click the map. Thank you for coming to my presentation. I hope you can learn a lot about using technology to build communities and networks for learning.
  • 3. PRESENTATION OUTLINE 1. What are virtual worlds? 2. Who uses virtual worlds? 3. How soon will they become mainstream? 4. What is virtual world language learning? 5. How can I practice speaking English? Meet the world. 6. What is Second Life? 7. Why do we need it? 8. What is Cypris Chat? Mission and Principles 9. A taste of what we do. 10. How can I learn more? Questions Thank you for coming to my presentation. I hope you can learn a lot about using technology to build communities and networks for learning.
  • 4. WHAT ARE VIRTUAL WORLDS? A 3D computer environment in which users are represented on screen as themselves or as made-up characters and interact in real time with other users. Massively multiuser online games (MMOGs) and worlds such as Second Life are examples. – PC MagAnonymous Fun! Immersive Engaging Inspiring Challenging “Its a bit like The Matrix . We provide the land, and the community builds the actual world, which gives everyone a huge sense of being pioneers in a great experiment.” --Philip Rosedale, Second Life Creator
  • 5. WHO USES VIRTUAL WORLDS?Over 1 BILLION registered virtual world users (Kzero, 2010). Kids mostly use virtual multi-player environments to play games. However, thousands of government agencies and schools use virtual worlds for telepresent meetings. Club Penguin has over 150 million registered players Gartner research states that by 2012, 70 per cent of organizations will be using virtual worlds to support internal collaboration and social interaction.
  • 6. HOW SOON WILL THEY BECOME MAINSTREAM?
  • 7. HOW SOON WILL THEY BECOME MAINSTREAM?
  • 8. 2011 Emerging
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  • 10. WHAT IS VIRTUAL WORLD LANGUAGE LEARNING?“An online multiplayer environment used for engaging students in active realistic learning otherwise not possible in a traditional classroom.” - Mike McKay Diner Role Play Second Life + Moodle = SLOODLE “Cypris Chat helped me pass my teacher’s exam.” – Kazy Dover, Chiba Japan “I passed my UBELT exam. Thank you Cypris.” – Lio Lombardia, Bulgaria “I passed pre-intermediate English.” - Lora Tachikawa, Poland
  • 11. HOW CAN I PRACTICE SPEAKING ENGLISH? MEET THE WORLD. Yuki Yamashita Lisa Marbach • Anonymous name • University student • Mistakes are ok • Lives in Japan • She can feel relaxed • She can dress • Has never been abroad however she likes • Has never really spoken to • She can meet friends a foreigner around the world • She can visit many • She wants to learn about places and talk to world cultures and speak foreigners to foreigners in English. • She can come and She knows it will help her go 24 hours a day 7 get a job. days a week • IT’S FREE! Virtual worlds give students the chance to explore, create, and experiment. “Educationalists need to embrace the idea that environment and interaction are inseparable.” -- Simon Bignell
  • 12. WHAT IS SECOND LIFE ? TM Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual community created entirely by its membership. Members assume an identity and take up residence in Second Life, creating a customized avatar, or personage, to represent themselves. The avatar moves about in the virtual world using mouse control and intuitive keyboard buttons. – Wise Geek “Its a bit like The Matrix. We provide the land, and the community builds the actual world, which gives everyone a huge sense of being pioneers in a great experiment.” --Philip Rosedale, Second Life Creator
  • 13. WHY DO WE NEED IT? VIRTUAL WORLD LANGUAGE LEARNINGIt relieves some of the pressure to achieve results, and makes acquisition of the language meaningful and rewarding. Students have freedom to live in the language.Limited time to practice Pressured to perform A need for accomplishment One of the greatest disasters of the Japanese English education system is the lack of speaking and listening practice. But with the ever looming “Entrance Exams,” it’s always a question of how? -- Zach Price, Hyogo Times
  • 14. WHAT IS CYPRIS CHAT?Cypris Chat is a virtual world English learning community. Our purpose is to provide English learners with the opportunity to practice speaking English with people from around the world. Park Community Center Cypris Village III "As a researcher and instructor in Cypris, I have found no better place to try out new lesson plans and meet interesting, motivated learners from around the world." -- DukeVan Acker (Jean-Paul Duquette, Kansai Gaidai University)
  • 15. MISSION AND PRINCIPLES Our Mission We strive to provide an educational yet fun and interesting environment for English learning and teaching. Our members have the chance to be part of a living community surrounded by others who are learning, teaching or simply interested in speaking English with people from around the world. We believe learning should be a way of life instead of a struggle to achieve. Our 4 Principles Share Respect After joining our family, members should find Second Life is very different from real life, but ways to share what they have learned or done it is real for many of us. We all come from in Second Life. Tell us where you have been, different cultures, different backgrounds and what you have seen. Show us your safe toys, with different reasons for spending time in SL. clothes, avatars and gadgets. Sharing We might not understand each other but we promotes communication. both have the same goal, to learn or teach. Be Active Respond Speak. Talk. Ask questions. Say something. Share your opinions about Cypris. Let us know We are not passive learners, we are active! In what you think. Help us make this community order to improve, we must practice. To a better place for you. Your feedback is what practice we must participate. To participate we makes Cypris so great. Your opinion matters must SPEAK! Less text chat and more voice the most. Help each other with learner/teacher chat. We are here to help our members feedback. Communicate mistakes and improve their ability to communicate in successes. English. "Without rules, we all might as well be up in a tree flinging our crap at each other" - Red Forman, That 70s Show
  • 16. A TASTE OF WHAT WE DO Chat Ring Hands Across Sims12 Speaking Participants (orange chairs) 16 countries holding hands 8 Observers (blue seats) Like Hands Across America
  • 17. A TASTE OF WHAT WE DO Murder Mystery Halloween Party Who killed Mr. Jameson? 50 avatars…many countriesBased on Let’s Talk 3 (Cambridge Press) Costume contest, maze, haunted house
  • 18. A TASTE OF WHAT WE DO Fishing and Chat ThanksgivingContest…who can catch the most fish? Dress up in Thanksgiving attire. Learn about Thanksgiving.
  • 19. HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?You must explore, experiment, and above all…PLAY! Join http://secondlife.com Meet and talk to people about what it has to offer. The world is there waiting to speak with you. Founded in 2008, Cypris Chat is the largest international English learning community in the virtual world. Our purpose is to create more opportunities for learners to practice speaking English while meeting and learning about cultures around the globe. Visit us in Second Life! http://cyprischat.org 1. Join Second Life http://secondlife.com 2. Download and install FREE viewer application 3. Open viewer. Log in with avatar name and password 4. Search and teleport to Cypris Village III
  • 20. Contact InformationVisit: h t t p : / / t i n y u r l . c o m / 7 z j a n m t ( W e b p a g e f o r t h i s p r e s e n t a t i o n ) Mike McKay M.Ed. Tech. (aka Professor Merryman) Adjunct English Professor Mukogawa Womens University Department of English Nishinomiya, Japan Email for business: mike@worldnetjapan.com Email for teaching: mike@professormerryman.comWebsite: http://cyprischat.orgTwitter: slprofYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SLmerrymanFlickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyprischat/Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cypris-Chat/131196093605068Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/58820483559/Citation:McKay, M. D. (2011, 11). In S. Hargadon (Chair), L. Gray (Co-Chair). Cypris Chat – virtual world language learning in second life. Presentation delivered at 2011 Global Education Conference, online. Retrieved from http://globaleducation.ning.com/page/2011-conference Thank you!