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From parrots to puppet masters – an online role-playing tool for fostering language acquisition
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, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Language learners often leave school able to do little more than parrot second language formulae. This paper proposes a Web-based system for the construction, delivery and management of online language courses. This paper illustrates an online ESL course driven by this system. A role-playing activity is highlighted that encourages the appropriate use of language in social and business contexts, and allows students to practice and demonstrate facility with basic grammar, vocabulary and conversational language devices, as well as 'higher order' pragmatic linguistic skills.

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Milton, J. (2002). From parrots to puppet masters – an online role-playing tool for fostering language acquisition. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1329-1333). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 29, 2021 from .

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