Second Life and second language learning

Belma asked some questions first to see who has learned a second language, is a language teacher, and would like to learn a second language. She then posed the question “What is Second Life”, and there were some great conversations around the literal and metaphorical meanings of second life.
Second LifeImage via WikipediaA self-process novice, Belma is first and foremost a language teacher, and she has only International students. The lessons are in computer labs, and Belma was wondering how she could help engage her students. After attending a PD session with Claire Atkins she was introduced to Second Life and saw an opportunity to motivate students. Anecdotally, to date, the approach has been very effective as far as engagement and raising interest in the learning of English.
Belma then showed a couple of videos that introduced Second Life as an environment and what you can do there. One specific example was Cypris Village which is a space for learning English.

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About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ (http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/). I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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