SLanguages 2008


SLanguages 2008, a 24 hour conference in Second Life about teaching and learning languages in Second Life, has just finished. I have to admit that I did not stay the course and took a normal nights sleep even though the events continued unfolding throughout the 24 hour period. This is the second such conference put on by The Consultants E and this time in association with Avatar Languages.

For me it was a chance to catch up with what is possible in the field of language learning in SL since I have rather left the field since I gained my Language Lab certificate in January mainly due to a weak computer and a very variable timetable which makes regular ongoing class teaching difficult. I feel rather guilty about that plus my SL skills rust up in the meantime. There were two presentations from Language Lab, one on the teacher training process and one about innovation in teaching. Regarding teacher training, a willingness to try out communicative techniques is valued over high qualifications and technical expertise. But I think this is not specific to SL teaching and would be a desirable list of priorities in many language teaching situations.

One thing which might make me try again in SL is the desire to try out some of the free tools given out by Gavin Dudeney as part of his presentation. I am sure that you can achieve a lot with notecards and the use of audio and text chat but other tools would certainly expand the repertoire by allowing you to show presentations or to create an instant classroom by throwing down a seating arrangement.

I also appreciated the opportunity to go on a language learning tour of various Sl sites designed for learners. Of particular interest was the Dubai Women's College campus since I had attended Mark Karstad's session about how he has enabled the heavily protected female students in his college to visit other parts of the world vicariously through Second Life. This was the most interesting session for me because it was full of contradictions. VOIP is banned in the United Arab Emirates and therefore the session was completely text based. The women have to dress modestly in public in real life but love dressing up in exotic clothes in SL. Through Second Life the students experience virtual exchanges with students from other parts of the world such as Korea.

I also got a personalised tour of International Languages which had a very attractive tardis, amongst other items,  to get the conversation flowing.

As in any other conference I have met up with some new people, joined new groups and gained an insight into how the issue of language teaching is approached in different parts of the SL world. It is this opportunity to gain new perspectives which is the most valuable part of the conference because it brings together organisations which are competitors for the rest of the year.



Juuta Juutilanien, Ema Samet og Buddy Cuddihy powershopper

Helen var kommet helskindet gennem tolden, og Hanne havde medbragt Visakort - nu skulle der powershoppes!


Skulle man vælge et skolepigelook?


eller Femme Fatale?


Hvad med en tatovering og Martensstøvler?

Kys Frøen

Udfordringer var der nok af - selv en frø, der opfordrede prinsessen til at forsøge sig med et kys *lol*

Vi fandt en Mall, hvor stort set alt er gratis, men dog ikke alt sammen af bedste kvalitet. Vi skulle se os godt for. Især sko og skins er en vanskelig sag, da de ikke scalerer ordentligt med mindre designeren kan sit kram. Men hva' søren, vi havde slet ikke Dankortet fremme, så vi klager ikke.
Vi samlede en bunke sammen og trak os tilbage til Bifrost (SDU), hvor der aldrig er en sjæl. Her kunne vi så ih'e, åh'e og næh'e i fred og skifte kjoler uden at blufærdigheden tog skade *lol*



From: cristinacost, 1 week ago

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SLanguages 2008 24 hour conference

- just noticed that our very co-blog appears at a blogwall prepared for the Languagelab conference in SL this weekend.

I suppose that I'll find some time to attend one or more sessions, and I'll report back here. http://www.slanguages.net/blogwall.php

PS although it was interesting to see a Danish language blog in between the ordinary English ones, for the benefit of those who do not happen to know OUR minority language, I'll blog for this event, in plain internationally understood English.