TEACHING ESL IN SL Jean-Paul DuQuette Osaka Tech Day 6/10
Second Life:  What is it? <ul><li>I.  Linden Labs’ 3-D online virtual space </li></ul><ul><li>A.  HIVE  - “Highly interact...
Why teach English in SL?
Pedagogical Disadvantages <ul><li>Facial expressions / body language unclear </li></ul><ul><li>No chalkboard </li></ul><ul...
Pedagogical Advantages: Compared to real life <ul><li>Vibrant environments (content = environment) </li></ul><ul><li>Impro...
Pedagogical Advantages: Compared to distance learning <ul><li>Sense of spatial and social presence </li></ul><ul><li>3-D e...
And… <ul><li>It’s free </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic international social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Real potential for pr...
Learner feedback <ul><li>“ I just recognize this world is amazing – how they can make this kind of special class in (a) vi...
Getting Started <ul><li>Headset and a decent graphics card </li></ul><ul><li>http://secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tutor...
Institutional constraints <ul><li>Firewalls </li></ul><ul><li>Browser download </li></ul><ul><li>Administration-friendly s...
Plan A:  On the cheap… <ul><li>So much space, so few classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with  sim  owners…or don’t. </li></ul...
Plan B:  The Cypris model <ul><li>Make a friend; rent a homestead </li></ul><ul><li>Building and land admin privileges </l...
The damage <ul><li>Set Up Fee:  USD $ 375.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Maintenance: USD $ 125.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Maxim...
Plan C:  Fantasy Island <ul><li>University plan </li></ul><ul><li>Mainland or island? </li></ul><ul><li>Complete control a...
The damage <ul><li>Set Up Fee:  USD $ 1,000.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Maintenance: USD $ 295.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Max...
Plan D:  ‘Home schooling’ <ul><li>Become a Premium member and use your ‘free’ house </li></ul><ul><li>Suitable for small g...
The damage <ul><li>Monthly USD  9.95   </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly USD  22.50 </li></ul><ul><li>Annual USD  72.00    </li>...
Brass tacks: Ways to communicate <ul><li>Local text </li></ul><ul><li>Local Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Text IM </li></ul><ul>...
A note on notecards <ul><li>Primitive but effective handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory > new notecard </li></ul><ul><li>...
Make a group <ul><li>Notices </li></ul><ul><li>Helps keep track of when learners come online </li></ul><ul><li>Allows Grou...
A typical class at Cypris… <ul><li>I. 10-20 students </li></ul><ul><li>II.  Two hours </li></ul><ul><li>III.  Warm-up disc...
Field trips
Reading circles
Seasonal events projects
Streaming media events
Learner-driven events
Collaborative media outside SL
My two cents <ul><li>Theorists and empty virtual campuses currently outnumber experienced SL instructors </li></ul><ul><li...
What I’d  really  actually recommend before starting… <ul><li>Cypris Society walkthrough 7/24/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Observe...
See you in SL.
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  1. 1. TEACHING ESL IN SL Jean-Paul DuQuette Osaka Tech Day 6/10
  2. 2. Second Life: What is it? <ul><li>I. Linden Labs’ 3-D online virtual space </li></ul><ul><li>A. HIVE - “Highly interactive virtual environment” (Aldrich, 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>II. Open-ended </li></ul><ul><li>III. User-created </li></ul><ul><li>III. Free and accessible </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why teach English in SL?
  4. 4. Pedagogical Disadvantages <ul><li>Facial expressions / body language unclear </li></ul><ul><li>No chalkboard </li></ul><ul><li>Turn-taking cues </li></ul><ul><li>Bare bones document system </li></ul><ul><li>No integrated grading possible </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>Compared to real life </li></ul><ul><li>Compared to typical distance learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pedagogical Advantages: Compared to real life <ul><li>Vibrant environments (content = environment) </li></ul><ul><li>Improved task simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic, international interlocutors </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Intentional identity may increase confidence </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pedagogical Advantages: Compared to distance learning <ul><li>Sense of spatial and social presence </li></ul><ul><li>3-D environment facilitates teaching of certain content </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to do and go places “after class” </li></ul>
  7. 7. And… <ul><li>It’s free </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic international social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Real potential for profit </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymity </li></ul><ul><li>Fun factor </li></ul><ul><li>A pool of (often willing) international participants </li></ul><ul><li>Cultures within cultures to explore </li></ul><ul><li>For learners </li></ul><ul><li>For researchers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Learner feedback <ul><li>“ I just recognize this world is amazing – how they can make this kind of special class in (a) virtual world like this?” </li></ul><ul><li> Ann </li></ul><ul><li>“ I never have had classes like this in real life or, or in (a) virtual world.” </li></ul><ul><li> Cacy </li></ul>
  9. 9. Getting Started <ul><li>Headset and a decent graphics card </li></ul><ul><li>http://secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Spend a week in-world </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Cypris Chat (and maybe SecondLife English) </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable yet? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Institutional constraints <ul><li>Firewalls </li></ul><ul><li>Browser download </li></ul><ul><li>Administration-friendly syllabus / action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for paranoia </li></ul><ul><li>The usual stop-gap: offer as extra-credit homework </li></ul>
  11. 11. Plan A: On the cheap… <ul><li>So much space, so few classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with sim owners…or don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>All you really need is a circle. </li></ul><ul><li>But you may be unable to rez objects…. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Plan B: The Cypris model <ul><li>Make a friend; rent a homestead </li></ul><ul><li>Building and land admin privileges </li></ul><ul><li>Limited amount of prims and avatars at one time </li></ul>
  13. 13. The damage <ul><li>Set Up Fee: USD $ 375.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Maintenance: USD $ 125.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum Prims:  3,750 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Plan C: Fantasy Island <ul><li>University plan </li></ul><ul><li>Mainland or island? </li></ul><ul><li>Complete control and (relative) security </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go there… </li></ul>
  15. 15. The damage <ul><li>Set Up Fee:  USD $ 1,000.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Maintenance: USD $ 295.00* </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum Prims:  15,000 </li></ul>
  16. 16. Plan D: ‘Home schooling’ <ul><li>Become a Premium member and use your ‘free’ house </li></ul><ul><li>Suitable for small groups </li></ul><ul><li>You have some admin rights </li></ul><ul><li>Might get a little laggy . </li></ul>
  17. 17. The damage <ul><li>Monthly USD 9.95   </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly USD 22.50 </li></ul><ul><li>Annual USD 72.00   </li></ul>
  18. 18. Brass tacks: Ways to communicate <ul><li>Local text </li></ul><ul><li>Local Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Text IM </li></ul><ul><li>Voice IM </li></ul><ul><li>Group text/voice IM </li></ul><ul><li>Notecards </li></ul>
  19. 19. A note on notecards <ul><li>Primitive but effective handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory > new notecard </li></ul><ul><li>Immediately name it! </li></ul><ul><li>Then cut and paste from Word. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Make a group <ul><li>Notices </li></ul><ul><li>Helps keep track of when learners come online </li></ul><ul><li>Allows Group IM Chatting </li></ul>
  21. 21. A typical class at Cypris… <ul><li>I. 10-20 students </li></ul><ul><li>II. Two hours </li></ul><ul><li>III. Warm-up discussion </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Introduction of theme or language point </li></ul><ul><li>V. Small group work </li></ul><ul><li>VI. Presentation of small group opinions to the class </li></ul><ul><li>VII. Field trip </li></ul>
  22. 22. Field trips
  23. 23. Reading circles
  24. 24. Seasonal events projects
  25. 25. Streaming media events
  26. 26. Learner-driven events
  27. 27. Collaborative media outside SL
  28. 28. My two cents <ul><li>Theorists and empty virtual campuses currently outnumber experienced SL instructors </li></ul><ul><li>TEFL is the most obvious educational application of SL </li></ul><ul><li>Get your hands dirty with learners already in SL before bringing your own in. </li></ul>
  29. 29. What I’d really actually recommend before starting… <ul><li>Cypris Society walkthrough 7/24/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Observe, volunteer, apprentice. </li></ul><ul><li>Then decide what you want to do with SL </li></ul>
  30. 30. See you in SL.
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