Designing a trans-national collaborative language learning class in a virtual world
Jayoung Song, Li-Tang Yu, Paul Resta, The University of Texas at Austin, Korea (South)
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
With the rapid technological advances, researchers have recognized the advantages of using virtual worlds for teaching and learning foreign languages (Deutschmann et al, 2009; Liou et al., 2011; Wang et al., 2009; Zheng et al., 2009). Following this trend, the presenters will demonstrate an instructional model of trans-national collaborative English learning in a virtual world, Second Life. In the model, students have opportunities to work within a language learning community consisting of peoples from different countries (e.g., Korea and Taiwan). The demonstration will focus on the use of Second Life as a platform for trans-national language learning virtual community. During the demonstration, the presenters will offer specific examples of how to structure a virtual language learning community and promote positive interdependence within a community. Lastly, they will provide possible communicative activities that can be implemented in a virtual world as well as computer-supported collaborative activities for virtual language learning community.
Song, J., Yu, L.T. & Resta, P. (2013). Designing a trans-national collaborative language learning class in a virtual world. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (p. 4161). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).