SL - as a VLE Social dimension Interaction: environment, objects, avatars Sense of presence Multimodal communication
“ psychologically held understandings, premises, or prepositions about the world that are felt to be true” Richardson 1996 beliefs
sts’ backpack: beliefs Beliefs may have a profound influence on learning behavior. (Cotterall, 1995) Learners ’ belief systems cover a wide range of issues and can influence learners ’ motivation to learn, their expectations about language learning, their perceptions about what is easy or difficult about language, as well as the kind of learning strategies they favor. ( Richards & Lockhart, 1996:52 )
A stimulating and enjoyable way to learn a language
Props and scenes helped me remember the vocabulary
- I would like a class that prepared for tests like the TOEFL test - I don’t think it is useful to speak with other students if the teacher is not listening / work in groups - the classes I like best are grammar related + experimental with VLE
T’s backpack: beliefs Teachers’ deep-rooted beliefs about how language are learned will prevade their classroom actions more than a particular methodology they are told to adopt or coursebook they follow. (Williams & Burden, 1997)
T’s comments What I find most challenging about SL is that I don’t know how sts feel about the tasks. I cannot ‘read’ their faces. We had a lot of fun in class because sts were very engaged in the task and afterwards we had a very interesting discussion about their learning preferences. Today I could have used the SL environment more. I would not have liked to use it as if it were Skype because SL offers much more.