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Presentation by Paul Sweeney at the 43rd annual international English teaching conference IATEFL, Cardiff, UK Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2009

Presentation by Paul Sweeney at the 43rd annual international English teaching conference IATEFL, Cardiff, UK Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2009

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  • Global ESL/EFL market >$50bn (Merrill Lynch 2000) with currently accessible market of $29bn for Languagelab (more via partners)The vast majority attend face to face classesTalk to the opportunities with other languages ... Starting with Spanish

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  • 1. Nothing virtual about it: Successful language learning in 3D worlds Paul Sweeney paul@eduworlds.org Virtual Tools & Spaces – IATEFL 2009
  • 2. Seeing is believing Video (Machinima) 1: Excerpts from Upper Intermediate (CEF B2) Travel module. (Greeting class, setting up activity for individual student and activity feedback. Introduction to actor characters) Video (Machinima 2): Excerpts from Intermediate and Upper Intermediate (CEF B1 & B2) writing module. (Task introduction, instruction giving, pairwork, task discussion. Student meeting in city café)
  • 3. Pedagogy: what's happening? n latio • highly realistic & relevant Functio Simu nal contexts •Direct learning & learning as a byproduct • Activates sociolinguistic aspect Task based • interaction with teachers, actors, Role play native speakers & other learners • Real & meaningful experiences tive ca mmun i Learn mediated through English Co e comm r u ni ty Competency based (Common European Framework)
  • 4. Theorists agree: Learning as doing (Diana Laurillard – 2008) 1890 John Dewey Inquiry-based education . Jean Piaget Constructivism . Lev Vygotsky Mediated learning 1940 Jerome Bruner Discovery learning . Learning as problematization Paulo Freire . common Learning as conversation Gordon Pask 1960 conception Problem-based learning Terry Winograd . of the learning Reflective practice Seymour Papert process . Meta-cognition Lauren Resnick 1980 Experiential learning John Seely Brown . Learner-oriented approach Ference Marton . Social constructivism 2000 Roger Säljö Situated learning . John Biggs . Jean Lave
  • 5. A conversational framework (Diana Laurillard – 2008) Concepts Ideas Answers Learner’s Teacher’s Other ideas ideas learner(s) Questions Outputs Ideas Adapt Adapt actions actions Reflect Reflect Reflect Task goal Draft Feedback outputs Learner’s Other Practice practice learner(s) environment Draft Actions outputs Instructivism + Constructionism + Social learning + Collaborative
  • 6. Misc references Rethinking pedagogy for a digital age: designing and delivering e-learning Helen Beetham, Rhona Sharpe, Routledge, 2007 ISBN 0415408741, 9780415408745 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ix2I9H0qHu4C Rethinking university teaching: a conversational framework for the effective use of learning technologies By Diana Laurillard, 2nd Ed. Routledge, 2002 ISBN 0415256798, 9780415256797 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=99eQakJyAj4C Diana Laurillard – inaugural presentation for London Knowledge Lab http://www.lkl.ac.uk/cms/files/jce/presentations/laurillard-inaugural-20080226.ppt available from here http://www.lkl.ac.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=127 http://edutechwiki.unige.ch/en/Laurillard_conversational_framework
  • 7. Contact me paul@eduworlds.org - http://www.eduworlds.org