She’s not a real avatar?



       She’s not a real avatar?

         Learning without teachers in
                virtual...
QuickTime™ and a                                                     QuickTime™ and a                   QuickTime™ and a  ...
...Language learning in isolation is
   impossible. Computers, books and
   television can provide practice,
   explanatio...
Why is language taught in a classroom?



Convenience
Tradition
Resources
Student expectations
                       ...
Functional
                                     characters
The big bang
                                              Quic...
Millie Eames - Café Manager                                                                QuickTime™ and a
              ...
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        decompressor                    decompressor
are needed to see th...
QuickTime™ and a                  QuickTime™ and a
        decompressor                      decompressor
are needed to se...
Kent Fromund
formally known
as Johnathon
Shellman
              QuickTime™ and a
               decompressor              ...
Judith




       QuickTime™ and a
        decompressor
are needed to see this picture.
Student’s reactions

• Plots and backstories - some negatives
  and positives
• The ‘wow’ factor
• Friendliness and profes...
Activities created by the actors
Actor created activities
       QuickTime™ and a
        decompressor
are needed to see t...
• Lack of ‘teacher like’ skills in the actors
• Mixed levels and the technological
  catch 22              QuickTime™ and ...
Activity criteria

• Clear statements of skills to be
  practiced
• Clear contextual areas
• Adaptable and recyclable cont...
Functional characters
Recyclable activities
                                                                        QuickT...
Success factors
• ‘Total immersion’ without traveling
• Professional and friendly native
  speakers
• The ‘wow’ factor
• A...
The future of virtual immersion
• Better technology
• Authentic
  communities of
  language speakers
Contacts and further information


                                   Lowri Mills - City Manager
        QuickTime™ and a
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SLanguages 2009
This presentation was given at
      SLanguages 2009
The Conference for Language
  Education in Virtual Wo...
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She's not a real avatar? Learning without teachers in virtual reality

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7. QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a decompressor decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.
  8. 8. QuickTime™ and a QuickTime™ and a decompressor decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.
  9. 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. 10. Judith QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  11. 11. Student’s reactions • Plots and backstories - some negatives and positives • The ‘wow’ factor • Friendliness and professionalism
  12. 12. Activities created by the actors Actor created activities QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  13. 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. 14. Activity criteria • Clear statements of skills to be practiced • Clear contextual areas • Adaptable and recyclable content • Level appropriate content
  15. 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. 16. Success factors • ‘Total immersion’ without traveling • Professional and friendly native speakers • The ‘wow’ factor • Avatar helps to overcome shyness and embarrassment • Activities
  17. 17. The future of virtual immersion • Better technology • Authentic communities of language speakers
  18. 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. 19. SLanguages 2009 This presentation was given at SLanguages 2009 The Conference for Language Education in Virtual Worlds slanguages.net
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