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She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality
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She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality by Sally Langer

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  • 1. She’s not a real avatar? She’s not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality Learning without teachers in virtual reality
  • 2. QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a Quic kTime™ and a decompressor dec ompres sor dec ompressor decompressor decompressor dec ompressor decompressor decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this pic ture. are needed to s ee this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to s ee this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. An Informal learning program
  • 3. ...Language learning in isolation is impossible. Computers, books and television can provide practice, explanations, a few rules or vocabulary items, but only human beings can add the ingredients that make language something more than a limited stagnant code... Susan Schaller - A man without words
  • 4. Why is language taught in a classroom? Convenience Tradition Resources Student expectations QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Where else can language be learned?
  • 5. Functional characters The big bang QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Quick Time™ and a dec ompress or are needed to s ee this picture.
  • 6. Millie Eames - Café Manager QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Age: 48 Appearance: Millie looks her age. She dresses Laura Ashley and struggles with her weight. Demeanor: Millie is warm, caring, and motherly. Functional/occupational attribute: Millie owns and manages the café, Conversations. Objectives: Millie is always working to get more customers. She really wants her café to be a special place for her customers. She wants them to feel comfortable and to think of the conversation café as their ‘home away from home’. Interests/hobbies/expertise: Millie has a passion for travel, but as an arm chair traveler She has never been on a plane or more than a 3 hour drive. She reads all sorts of travel magazines and books and is constantly planning her next big trip. Millie loves to talk about the weather and has been ‘studying’ meteorology of late. Never at a loss to share her recipes, Millie is a baker extraordinaire. Personal/Family: Millie has 2 children: Tommy (her sunshine) and Sarah. Tommy is studying meteorology at the University of Hawaii. Sarah is pre-med at a college an hour away from home. Narrative: Emotionally, psychologically, and financially, Millie needs her café to be successful.
  • 7. QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a decompressor decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.
  • 8. QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a decompressor decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.
  • 9. Kent Fromund formally known as Johnathon Shellman QuickTime™ and a decompressor QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. Griffin Morrisey
  • 10. Judith QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 11. Student’s reactions • Plots and backstories - some negatives and positives • The ‘wow’ factor • Friendliness and professionalism
  • 12. Activities created by the actors Actor created activities QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 13. • Lack of ‘teacher like’ skills in the actors • Mixed levels and the technological catch 22 QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. • The schedule and student expectations
  • 14. Activity criteria • Clear statements of skills to be practiced • Clear contextual areas • Adaptable and recyclable content • Level appropriate content
  • 15. Functional characters Recyclable activities QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. The big bang QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Backstories and plots Actor created activities
  • 16. Success factors • ‘Total immersion’ without traveling • Professional and friendly native speakers • The ‘wow’ factor • Avatar helps to overcome shyness and embarrassment • Activities
  • 17. The future of virtual immersion • Better technology • Authentic communities of language speakers
  • 18. Contacts and further information Lowri Mills - City Manager QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Lowrimills@gmail.com Sally Langer QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. SL Salsita Almendros Sally@languagelab.com http://www.sallylanger.com
  • 19. SLanguages 2009 This presentation was given at SLanguages 2009 The Conference for Language Education in Virtual Worlds slanguages.net

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