Erin Barrett ESL Teacher Mike McKay Education Technology Researcher
Erin Barrett [email_address] Puyallup, WA BHS Human Services Trinity Certification TESOL 5 Years teaching English in Budapest, Hungary Second Generation Educational Technologist
Mike McKay [email_address] Mukogawa Women’s University Kobe, Japan BS in eBusiness M. Ed. in Technology Living in Japan since 2000 15 years web development experience 10 Years English teaching experience in Japan
Virtual worlds are changing the way we learn languages. Instead of studying a language, we can live in it. By guiding our students through realistic world simulations we can teach them invaluable lessons in language acquisition and cultural acclimation. Companies interested in their future employee's ability to speak English can be assured knowing that the university is providing them with current relative content and global exposure that is immediately applicable to their real life.
Cypris Village is home to the Cypris Chat group; an international non-profit community for English language learning. The purpose of our group is to provide a virtual social networking and meeting place for people looking to SPEAK English rather than study it. We hope this community will foster friendships far and wide while at the same time providing a fun and safe environment for language learning.
Courses are offered to members of the Cypris Chat group as a place to study outside of Second Life. Here, tutors and learners can connect in private classes. Tutors can offer various classes such as pronunciation, writing, listening, reading, presentations and test taking for TOEIC and TOEFL.
Non-native or native speakers. No teaching experience required.
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”.
ESP classrooms benefit most from the use of simulated learning environments. The web and virtual worlds can provide a flexible means of delivering relevant, engaging, motivating lessons that are easily accessible, assessable and cost efficient. Thank you Erin Barrett [email_address] Mike McKay [email_address]