Virtual Bilingual: Language Learning in Second Life Learning Opportunities in Second Life Serpil S. Sonmez [email_address]
What is SL? <ul><li>Online 3-D virtual world </li></ul><ul><li>Created by Linden Lab </li></ul><ul><li>$9.95 Monthly fee <...
Second Life <ul><li>Users can create their own character (avatar) </li></ul>Resource: http://www.bautforum.com/attachments...
-Buildings, clothes, objects, almost anything you can think of: User-created world - (IP rights retained for what you’ve c...
- All users must be over 18 - Average age 33 -43%female -Active users 55% non US residents
User stats <ul><li>Over 4 million unique residents (Linden Labs, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 million logged in the last 60...
Means of Communication <ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Text chat </li></ul><ul><l...
Wandering around the world <ul><li>Fly </li></ul><ul><li>Walk </li></ul><ul><li>Teleport </li></ul>
Educational/Academic Activities <ul><li>You can attend a conference </li></ul>Resource: http://images.google.com/imgres?im...
1 st  Lx Teaching in SL Conference, 23 June 2007 http://elanguage.edublogs.org/files/2007/07/edunationconf2_aufmotzena2.jpg
Listen/watch Podcasts/Vodcasts Resource: http://www.henryjenkins.org/convergence_culture/participation/ The first conferen...
Watch live TV Resource:http:// www.masternewmedia.org
Read Newspapers
Make Presentations
Attend Lectures
Participate Discussion/Reading Groups
Socialize Resource:unknown
Visit museums
Arts in SL Resource:http://www.flickr.com/photos/11525684@N05/1149389818/
Discussion: Where’s the line between RL&SL? http://blogs.sun.com/SunScience/?page=1
Universities & Campuses <ul><li>An estimated 100  </li></ul><ul><li>universities and schools  </li></ul><ul><li>in SL (Acc...
Florida State University in SL
Florida State University
Language Learners in SL <ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>Italian </li></ul><ul><li>Arabic </li...
English Village
ESL- Class
SLOODLE
Education Groups
Multilingual Communities
Cultural Experience Resource:http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1301/1315797558_e9dfe8d980.jpg
An English dictation class in SL
Composition Class
Language Class in Session
What could be some issues with language teaching  <ul><li>What could be the pros and cons of teaching and learning in SL? ...
Pros & Cons <ul><li>Should not be seen as a solution for everything </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting students in remote areas ...
Some Suggestions <ul><li>Importance of individualized feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Clear set of goals  </li></ul><ul><li>Pro...
Any Questions? Serpil S. Sonmez Ph.D Candidate Multilingual-Multicultural Education Program Florida State University [emai...
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  1. 1. Virtual Bilingual: Language Learning in Second Life Learning Opportunities in Second Life Serpil S. Sonmez [email_address]
  2. 2. What is SL? <ul><li>Online 3-D virtual world </li></ul><ul><li>Created by Linden Lab </li></ul><ul><li>$9.95 Monthly fee </li></ul>
  3. 3. Second Life <ul><li>Users can create their own character (avatar) </li></ul>Resource: http://www.bautforum.com/attachments/off-topic-babbling/4466d1168305043-anyone-here-tried-second-life-avatar.jpg
  4. 4. -Buildings, clothes, objects, almost anything you can think of: User-created world - (IP rights retained for what you’ve created)
  5. 5. - All users must be over 18 - Average age 33 -43%female -Active users 55% non US residents
  6. 6. User stats <ul><li>Over 4 million unique residents (Linden Labs, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 million logged in the last 60 days </li></ul><ul><li>40,000 world users logged in any time </li></ul><ul><li>90,000 premium residents </li></ul>
  7. 7. Means of Communication <ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Text chat </li></ul><ul><li>Non-verbal gestures & animations </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wandering around the world <ul><li>Fly </li></ul><ul><li>Walk </li></ul><ul><li>Teleport </li></ul>
  9. 9. Educational/Academic Activities <ul><li>You can attend a conference </li></ul>Resource: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://lh3.google.com/_2iAUq63z9gs/RleiN5l-siI/AAAAAAAAA90/cQf8LbMq2IM/s800/bestpracticesb_001.jpg&imgrefurl=http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Txb9c1OPZP0ggd1pJL15_Q&h=605&w=800&sz=99&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=bpZASJLjmBslNM:&tbnh=108&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsl%2Bconference%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN
  10. 10. 1 st Lx Teaching in SL Conference, 23 June 2007 http://elanguage.edublogs.org/files/2007/07/edunationconf2_aufmotzena2.jpg
  11. 11. Listen/watch Podcasts/Vodcasts Resource: http://www.henryjenkins.org/convergence_culture/participation/ The first conference in a virtual world: Best Practices in Education May, 25, 2007
  12. 12. Watch live TV Resource:http:// www.masternewmedia.org
  13. 13. Read Newspapers
  14. 14. Make Presentations
  15. 15. Attend Lectures
  16. 16. Participate Discussion/Reading Groups
  17. 17. Socialize Resource:unknown
  18. 18. Visit museums
  19. 19. Arts in SL Resource:http://www.flickr.com/photos/11525684@N05/1149389818/
  20. 20. Discussion: Where’s the line between RL&SL? http://blogs.sun.com/SunScience/?page=1
  21. 21. Universities & Campuses <ul><li>An estimated 100 </li></ul><ul><li>universities and schools </li></ul><ul><li>in SL (Acc. to the CEO of </li></ul><ul><li>NMC </li></ul><ul><li>Florida State University (campus under construction) </li></ul><ul><li>UFL </li></ul><ul><li>Princeton </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio University </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Law </li></ul><ul><li>New Media Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Sloan Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Aachen University, (Germany) </li></ul><ul><li>Association for Educational Communications for Technology </li></ul><ul><li>More… </li></ul><ul><li>Programs Taught: </li></ul><ul><li>ESL & Foreign languages </li></ul><ul><li>Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Natural sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul><ul><li>Physics </li></ul>
  22. 22. Florida State University in SL
  23. 23. Florida State University
  24. 24. Language Learners in SL <ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>Italian </li></ul><ul><li>Arabic </li></ul><ul><li>French </li></ul><ul><li>German </li></ul><ul><li>Turkish & more… </li></ul><ul><li>US </li></ul><ul><li>UK </li></ul><ul><li>Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Japan </li></ul><ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>Italy </li></ul><ul><li>Turkey </li></ul>Resource: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pathfinderlinden/199856106/
  25. 25. English Village
  26. 26. ESL- Class
  27. 27. SLOODLE
  28. 28. Education Groups
  29. 29. Multilingual Communities
  30. 30. Cultural Experience Resource:http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1301/1315797558_e9dfe8d980.jpg
  31. 31. An English dictation class in SL
  32. 32. Composition Class
  33. 33. Language Class in Session
  34. 34. What could be some issues with language teaching <ul><li>What could be the pros and cons of teaching and learning in SL? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Pros & Cons <ul><li>Should not be seen as a solution for everything </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting students in remote areas </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a platform for teachers & students to meet. </li></ul><ul><li>Great for role-playing/drama </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ & students’ immediate visual cues are missing </li></ul><ul><li>Moving in the world is difficult (SL crashes) and time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Need to purchase recent computer technology </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly changing environments </li></ul><ul><li>Can design classes in game format </li></ul><ul><li>Students can have their own space to create their own materials and experiment while interacting with others </li></ul><ul><li>SL is mostly visual, not a text-driven environment </li></ul>
  36. 36. Some Suggestions <ul><li>Importance of individualized feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Clear set of goals </li></ul><ul><li>Provide space for students to hang around and reflect upon the lessons even when the class is not in session </li></ul><ul><li>Enable students to interact with each other in groups and pairs </li></ul><ul><li>Endless possibilities for cultural experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Activities related to RL experiences </li></ul>
  37. 37. Any Questions? Serpil S. Sonmez Ph.D Candidate Multilingual-Multicultural Education Program Florida State University [email_address]

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