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How can you learn a language in a virtual world? Explanations on where and how you can learn a language in Second Life, Open Sim, World of Warcraft, Minecraft and other MMORGs. A special session on EMOTING and - as announced - the idea of a language school.

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Learning2gether presentation: How can you learn a language in a virtual world

  1. 1. How can you learn a language in a virtual world? let‘s talk online sprlJanuar 2003 Copyright let‘s talk online
  2. 2. About let‘s talk online 2003 Jan let‘s talk online started as live online language school EU funded LANCELOT, 23 EU partners to develop a teacher-training course for language 2005 Sept teaching in virtual classrooms Training center LANCELOT School GmbH 2007 Sept EU funded AVALON 26 EU partners to explore 2008 Jan Second Life for language learning 2009 Nov Virtual Round Table Web Conference 2010 Dec EduNation Islands, 30 residents incl. 6 Universities 2011 May DaFWEBKON (for teachers of German) SLanguages Annual Symposium 2012 May let‘s talk online sprl registered in Brussels EU funded CAMELOT (proposal) Copyright let‘s talk online
  3. 3. Q: What is web 3.0 going to be like? Web 1.0 = Read only Web 2.0 = Read and Write Web Web 3.0 = ? Copyright let‘s talk online
  4. 4. Web 3.0Web 1.0 = Read only SPEAKWeb 2.0 = Read and Write WebWeb 3.0 = Read, Write and ... > Synchronous Computer Mediated Communication Copyright let‘s talk online
  5. 5. Tim O‘Reilly calls this ... The realtime web Copyright let‘s talk online
  6. 6. Virtual Worlds / Games SPEAK Copyright let‘s talk online
  7. 7. Learn English English Copyright let‘s talk online
  8. 8. Learn Spanish Cibola in SL Spanish Copyright let‘s talk online
  9. 9. Learn Italian Italian Copyright let‘s talk online
  10. 10. Learn German Deutsch Copyright let‘s talk online
  11. 11. Learn German Deutsch Copyright let‘s talk online
  12. 12. Learn Chinese Monash University, Australia Chinese Copyright let‘s talk online
  13. 13. Learn Arabian Monash University, Australia Arabic Copyright let‘s talk online
  14. 14. MMORG Minecraft 4,5 Mill sold copies, 20 Mill users Copyright let‘s talk online
  15. 15. World of Warcraft 10 Mill subscribers Copyright let‘s talk online
  16. 16. Steven L. Thorne http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2012/sessions/2012-03-22/plenary-session-steven-l-thorne Copyright let‘s talk online
  17. 17. How EMOTING in Role Play •can extend students command of the language •and challenge their written proficiency in situ. Copyright let‘s talk online
  18. 18. Part I What is Role Play? A role play (RP) is an improvised story composed of chains of actions and reactions between players so •it is a good idea to prepare a list of verbs, adverbs and adjectives and set expressions •if you intend to do this with non speakers. •you decide on your interaction with other players on the spot. •in an RP you are NOT an actor on stage replaying a prewritten story: •your role play is live, unpredictable and living in the moment you create it. •sll players involved are equally responsible and allowed to drive the role play, •Therefore all participants need to actively participate. Copyright let‘s talk online
  19. 19. Part I What is Role Play? For example if A takes a knife and threatens B, then B should be given the chance to react: --> B struggles, negotiates a way out --> A then reacts to Bs reaction - negotiate or not, and so forth. Copyright let‘s talk online
  20. 20. Part II What is and Why EMOTING? Emoting is what turns a dialog into a descriptive story full of actions and interactions. Despite the wealth of visual clues in SL about the location there is a need to make up for the lack of avatars motion and actions in situ. --> RP is always in writing (not voiced) because it is hard to determine WHO you are speaking to and in WHAT TONE or inflection. (eyegazing effect+ avatar movements considering the speed of the action) --> Avoid using an Emote Hud and Gestures --> Players are not necessarily looking at the persons they are talking to during the action, even if they could show facial expressions, it would probably not be seen by other players. --> Some things can only be emoted because you don’t have the poseball or gesture to show what is happening to your avi. Copyright let‘s talk online
  21. 21. Part III Senses, Action and Feelings YOUR SENSES Express what you hear smell, see and how. When you are reacting to something, how do you know about it? for example: /me sniffs the air, furrows her eyebrows and stutters "I forgot to turn off the flat iron!“ ACTIONS AND FEELINGS Your actions need to be imagined ("seen" in writing) by others so use more elaborate verbs than look at, take etc... to give a real flavour to your action. for example : stare, glance, examine, grab, hands over, etc... Express your state of mind (not feelings) naturally in the flow of the action, what you would do in the situation you are in. /me rummages in her pocket with a MALICIOUS grin on her face, pulls out an apple and throws it straight at you. In this situation what do you do? sway, catch or get knocked over by the apple? Copyright let‘s talk online
  22. 22. Part IV Practice 1) In Second Life you emote by typing "/me" or *Verb* *verb* is for a SHORT description of emotional action You use * * to express actions like laugh, giggle, chuckle, snicker, cry, weep, wave, etc. Any type of action. ....... Give it a try /me *coughs hard* 2) "/me" is for longer descriptions of actions within an interactive situation; it removes the colon before your name hence a third person verb "/me jumps in terror at the sudden shrieking sound coming from the attic." Every action seen, smelled or heard by others basically needs to be emoted. For example: --> points, jumps, falls, crawls, lurks, spies, etc. Any type of action. --> arching an eyebrow, narrowing the eyes at someone, rolling your eyes, scratching your head, your butt etc. Copyright let‘s talk online
  23. 23. Part V LET‘S EXPLORE /me pushes the door of the pub and comes in. Why is this very dull? ... Try to extrapolate on this sentence with /me + verb + ajectives, adverbs, sounds, in the chat. .... You can also describe what something of yours is doing : Your eyes...nose...legs...arms...fingers... shoes.... pet Use a possessive with the good old apostrophe+s /mes spine shivers as she enters the crowded smoky pub alone. .... Copyright let‘s talk online
  24. 24. Part V LET‘s EXPLORE S can also be used for the contraction with your name and "is." Such as... /mes a lovely little robot who loves watching the stars twinkle on a bright full moon night. Give it a try about your avatar.. ......... "Direct speech" Example of a good sentence (methinks): /me grabs the hot cup of chocolate milk handed over to her, wraps her cold fingers around the object and sip the hot brown liquid gently so as not to burn her lips "hmmm this feels good". Copyright let‘s talk online
  25. 25. Part VI SOME BASIC RULES IN RP •DO not use type TXT chat like LOL, ROFL, GR8T words, use full words. •Do not act for other players, example: /mes friend decides to seize the apple and throws it back to Cyber. •Dont be a TEFLON character or Godmoding (a character that is above everything and is never hurt) OOC - Out of Character discourse If for any reason you need to turn off the gas RL or need to ask a question that is not intergral to the story you need to specify that your intervention is ((out of Character)) for this you need to type ((your text)) so other players know where you are at. ((BRB) ************** Copyright let‘s talk online
  26. 26. A new language school? Romantic Language •Focuses on text chat versus voice chat •Focuses on receptive skills versus productive skills •Focuses on online dating •Uses translation tools •Assists in creating appealing profile Copyright let‘s talk online
  27. 27. let‘s talk online sprl Heike Philp Twitter @heikephilpheike.philp@letstalkonline.com Copyright let‘s talk online

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