Erin Barrett Second generation EducationalTechnologist ESL teacher in Budapest, Hungary (2005-2009)
BreeFairlady * CyprisTutor * Rezzed in January 2009 Joined Cypris March 2009 Tutoring since May 2009 http://breefairlady.wordpress.com
Professor Merryman * CyprisChief * Real name: Mike McKay Location: Kobe, Japan University: Mukogawa Women's University Researching e-learning strategies to teach in virtual worlds utilizing Moodle.
What is Second Life? Second Life is an online 3D virtual world imagined and designed by you. From the moment you enter Second Life, you’ll discover a universe brimming with people and possibilities. source: www.secondlife.com
What is Cypris? We are a not-for-profit English speaking community in Second Life. Voice Chat: English Only SL Group: 300+ members Map Search: Cypris Village
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.
Who are the learners? Our group is made up of people from all over the world but the bulk of our members come from Asia. The age range of our members seems to be between 30 and 50. Level of English competence ranges from beginner to almost fluent.
Four Principles of Cypris Share – safe toys, clothes, avatars, gadgets. Sharing promotes communication. Respect – different cultures, backgrounds, and reasons for being in SL. Respond – Let us know what you think. Be Active – Speak. Ask questions. Participate. Less text chat. More voice!
Lessons Native Speaker with some experience teaching in RL. Notecards Slideviewers VOICE!
Lesson Schedule 15 minutes Welcome and warm-up 45 minutes Present and practice 30 minutes Performance Activity 30 minutes Travel Time or Island Activity
DiscussionTimes Native or fluent non-native speakers with some experience either moderating or tutoring groups.
Chat Times Non-native or native speakers. No teaching experience required.
Learner Testimonies(in learners’ own words) I had many chance to learn English more when I was student…but was not so interested in it… and since I came in SL…I found its fun to communicate with people in English.. I come here 18 day, I think my English is better than my 10 years “student”.