Role-playing in Virtual Worlds: Learning a New Language - Communities of practice toEnhance Literacies and Creativity Presented by: Dr. Doris Molero Artstonia 6th Slanguages 2012 Language & culture in virtual worlds Fri-Sun, 28-30 September 2012 Twitter hashtag #slang12 Conference Themes: Games and Machinima
Agenda• What’s Role playing about? – Role player’s definitions of role play• Basics of Role playing – Emotes, Vocabulary and Expressions – Character Development• Role Play Sims: Communities of Practice• Role play Community Activities: Community of Practice Activities• Meet the Role player and the EFL Professor: Pionia Destiny• Role play situations as Language Learning Tool• The cooking class a role play to learn a new language.• Going on a hunt Avilion: Harvest Festival
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Role players’ view of RoleplayMAGGIE (magdalena.easterwood): Taking part in aninteraction between people each of whom are playing a role ina continuing story. This story can take place during a certaintime period or under certain circumstances. It might includeroleplay based on a time in history. Dawnbeam Dreamscape: Rhi Role Playing like is being an (rhiannon.skinstad): actress in an improv that never ends. As we grow with our Well, essentially, its skills...our characters grow in acting out a role richness...soon it is easy to according to your "play" the role you have chosen interpretation of it. (gadget.cyberstar)Daza Mistwalker: geee....I : roleplay is prettysuppose it is playing a part in a much acting with agiant medieval keyboard... youpsychodrama...a lot like role assume a role andplaying anywhere just in a time play it out to theperiod that includes magic. best of your ability
Azucena Villota: role play is dress up and imaginative play for grown ups. Itis superhero play, it is the ultimate good vs. evil play that we used to do on theplaygrounds and in our neighborhoods.The difference is that its hard to find other adults who enjoy running around in acostume and losing themselves in fantasy play, like we did when we werechildren. But in SL, you can do that. its also a tool for self-exploration, ifsomeone will open themselves up to doing that. Otherwise, it can also be just apower trip. Kiila Blackheart: Roleplay Ondine Ninetails: not much different form performing on is like acting: you create a stage except there are character and play it out all problems of 1. not seeing the your thoughts, emotions, person in RL and gaining cues, actions should reflect that body language, so we use character. emotes. Ryu Firehawk: Hmmm. Roleplay is the Rogan Farstrider: act of taking on the persona of another I would say it was character. This character can be allowing yourself predefined, or can be of your own to be something imagination. You then engage in events you want to be with other roleplayers, acting and other than yourself responding as your character would.
Basics of Roleplaying [for a new roleplayer, the best I can say is to start out[Daza Mistwalker: small... dont go full out god like most people... and the bestwellll.....emoting is way to make a post is to figure out what is around you, andprobably the real key how things are affected by what your character is doing... say if youre playing as a wizard, and you throw a fireball... what will happen? Are you knee deep in dry brush that can easily catch fire? Are you on a mountainside, in which a misplaced explosion can cause a rock slide? Are you in a town, and a misplaced attack can light everything ablaze. Remember, you are acting a part, and typing a story out with other people... *shoots an arrow* will not do as a post First, you need a good imagination. Then a little research into the role you are playing would be good. I read about Druids when I started in Avilion. then, you have to be able to work with others and adapt quickly to nuances in the RP.
Emotes, Vocabulary and Expressions Emotes are an integral part of role play. Without them RP would be pretty dull and flat. They are used to convey moods, actions, and many other bits of information about our characters. We emote in writing, never in voice. Express what you hear smell, or see and how. For example: /me looks at the healer and the dragon dancing happily with a smile on her face* Ladies, May I join you? * To describe an emotion we use: laughs, giggles, chuckles, snickers, crying, weeping, etc. * To describe an action we use: pointing, jumping, falling, crawling, lurking, spying, etc. * To describe a reaction we use: arching an eyebrow, narrowing the eyes at someone, rolling your eyes, scratching your head, etc.
Character Development Races: Clases:• Each race has a set of specific • Can you hit a target with a bow from features, abilities and one-hundred meters like a Ranger? weaknesses. • Perhaps you are skilled with the blade• Centaurs, Elves, Drow, as much as you are with honor and are Halflings, Dragons, Dwarves, a Knight? Ents, Fawns/Satyrs, Mermaids, • Do you feel the power of magic Humans, Faes/Fairies/Pixies, coursing through you and are a Magi? wildlife such as birds and • Perhaps you can feel the life force from wolves, demons, spirits of the forest, and many more. the earth and are a Druid? • Or perhaps you prefer to stay in the shadows like a Rogue? Aligment • Maybe you enjoy the art of song and• It is the moral or ethical perspective weaving stories and enjoy being a of the character. This helps guide what Bard? your character will or will not do. • Or maybe youre tricky and cunning like Some basic alignments for characters a Gypsy and enjoy keeping secrets? include.• Are you Good, Evil, or Neutral? Are you Lawful, Chaotic, or Neutral?
Creating a Character• Name and Nicknames if any: • Alignment: (Are you Good, Evil, ((What is your Characters Name) or Neutral? Are you Lawful, Chaotic, or Neutral?)• Avatars name: (If different then your characters name, this is your • Class: (Again be as specific as SecondLife Name) possible- Example if you are a Magic-User what kind are you? A Druid? A Wizard? A Mage?)• Age: (Characters Age = Age here should align to the age of your race, and the maturity level of your • What is your history? character. Be sure to research (Characters Back Story) elves, dwarves, etc... if you are • What powers do you have (i.e. choosing a non-human being.) merits) (Characters special abilities)• Race: (Be as specific as you can • What are your flaws? here- example if you are an Elf, (Characters weaknesses) what type of Elf are you? A Moon • Any other important details? Elf? A Drow? (Characters Likes and Dislikes)•
Role-playing Communities Second Life is home to a large number of virtual world role-playing communities, including: • goth, • vampire, • steampunk, • fantasy, • historical, • pirate and • nautical communities.
International Role Player sims http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sylvhara%20Elen/124/168/35 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Avilion%20Grove/99/127/42
Role-playing as a Community of Practice The practice: Members of aCommunities of community of practice arepractice are groups of practitioners. They develop apeople who share a shared repertoire ofconcern or a passion for resources: experiences,something they do and stories, tools, ways oflearn how to do it better addressing recurringas they interact regularly. problems —in short a shared practice. This takes time and Etienne sustained interaction. Wenger (2006)The domain: A communityof practice has an identitydefined by a shared domain The community: In pursuingof interest. Membership their interest in their domain,therefore implies a members engage in jointcommitment to the domain, activities and discussions,and therefore a shared help each other, and sharecompetence that information. They builddistinguishes members from relationships that enable them toother people. learn from each other.
Problem solving Quests / battle planning /ritual preparetions / setting the scene for a roleplayRequests for information New comers, getting background information to create a character or develop a story for a roleplaySeeking experience Asking more experienced roleplayers or the community in general using the group chatReusing assets Reusing old roleplay scripts and adapting them to new players and resources.Coordination and synergy Guild members working together on special events they sponsor.Discussing developments After battles discussions of what strategies worked or not.Documentation projects Guild meetings to assign responsibilities. Documents of the meetings or scripts of the role play are kept and shared with the community. “chronicle” LibrariesVisits Tours of the realms to teach new members and to attract new ones.Mapping knowledge and identifying gaps Combat classes, guild meetings
Monday, Jan. 17th:11:00 am Archery Class in Eternity12:00 pm Longbow Class in Avilion12:30 pm Druidry (Non-Combat) in Avilion1:30 pm Tour of Avilion Heart in Avilion2:30 pm Advanced Ranger Training in Avilion3:00 pm Joust Tournament in Eternity4:00 pm Beginning Archery in Avilion6:00 pm Archery Class in Eternity7:00 January OOC Party in Valahari8:00 pm Wizardry Class and Tournament in Avilion
Adventures of an EFL Professor Role player Guardian of Avilion - Druid of Avilion Mage of Artsonia Warrior of Sylvhara Archmage of Crimson Chaos EFL Professor at URBE EFL Center in SL
How Role Play Enhance Language Learning • Promoting autonomous language learning. • Role players develop critical skills that allow them to get digitally literate. • Reading comprehension • Research skills • Writing skills • Speaking skills • Listening skills • World culture • Connecting to others • Learning in a community of practice. • Becoming tutors and teachers • New generations of students find it easier to interact in immersive environments
Events that support language learning: Joining a Guild• Mentoring• Sense of belonging• Specific tasks and classes• Learning by looking at models• Research for knowledge and advancing• Reaching goals• Sense of community
Festivities• Community get together• Preparations are made• Cultural exchanges• Cultural knowledge of the traditions of the time.• Research to make it authentic.• Alll guilds are involved• Materials and tools are used and shared.• New elements are incorporated
Having a home in town• Feeling at ease• Opportunity for natural exchanges• Meeting neigbors• Running errands in the town• Sense of belonging• Faster way to learn the culture of the community.
Building classes• Following instructions• Reading from notecards• Asking and getting help from others
Social Events: Weddings• Meaningful exchanges• Traditions are adapted to race and class as well as culture• Exposure to social language.
Advancement Ceremonies• Leveling• Mentoring• Recognition of achievements• Whole community celebrates
Combat Classes • Critical thinking • Team work • Collaborating • Mentoring • Strategic thinking
Battles: Chickens Vs. Dragons• Battles as part of role play• Whole community participates• Team work• Great Fun!
Artifacts, Memorabilia, RecordsVideos Notecards: scripts, announces, rolepalying tips Social networks Blogs, wikies Interest groups
Role Play Demohttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Warwick/119/54/1601
Cooking in a Fantasy WorldHow to cook rice with milk (Arroz con leche)• Get some rice and milk• Place them on the table or near the cooker.• Click the cooking pot• You will get a menu and you will see a rice button and a milk button. If they are not there. Click *search*• Click the milk button. The cooker will load milk first.• Next, click the rice button and the cooker will load rice second.• The order of the ingredients is important. If you mistake the order it can’t be fixed.• Click the cook button and wait until the dish is ready.• Once it’s ready, you’ll get a dish with rice with milk.
References• Communties of practice: http://www.ewenger.com/theory /• Language and Learning in the Digital Age James Paul Gee, Elisabeth Hayes, Elisabeth R. Hayes• Digital Genres, New Literacies and Autonomy in Language Learning http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/978-1- 4438-2341-8-sample.pdf• What is role play? http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Role_play• Role Play sims http://medievaltimesinsl.wordpress.com/rp-sims/
Blogs: http://medievalroleplay.blogspot.com/ EFL Professor in SL Doris3m EFL Center Twitter: doris3m Facebook: Doris Molero Second Life: Pionia Destiny Google talk: doris3m Skype: Dorismolero Wikieducator: Doris moleroDr. Doris MoleroUniversity ProfessorRafael Belloso Chacin Universitydoris3m@firstname.lastname@example.org Role-playing in Virtual Worlds: Learning a New Language - Communities of practice to Enhance Literacies and Creativity 6th Slanguages 2012