Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title The State of the Art: Teaching Language in Virtual Worlds
Author(s): David Parrott; Dr. James Lenze
Moderator(s):Ferris Arabello
Date Friday, March 18 09:00
Location: East 1/2 Machinima
Abstract   The presentation consists of three parts: a quantitative analysis of 11 language instruction "islands" in Second Life.  It looks at the makeup of these islands in terms of the formal curriculum, opportunities for immersive experiences, clarity of material and signage presented, and the availability of instructors or other students to participate with in learning a second language.  The second part of the presentation is an in-depth study of the current scholarly literature on the topic of language instruction in Virtual Worlds.  It is a survey of over 60 published papers in the field with an analysis of important themes and theories related to this emerging pedagogic resource. The final part of the presentation is a roughly ten minute Machinima which through the use of a narrative account illustrates some of the elements of the Virtual World experience of meeting others and learning their language. It begin with archival footage of one of the authors that was filmed in Sweden, and then presents a tour of several Second Life immersive language environments which the author’s avatar visits as he returns to a “virtual Sweden” location.     
Bio(s): David Parrott: Communications PhD candidate with an interest in teaching languages and history in Virtual Worlds.
Dr. James Lenze: Professor of Communications Media and Instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for over ten years. 

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