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Focus on a specific target group language teachers and how new technologies might be an added value. What makes the difference; what is the impact of using ICT for language teaching; when not to use it, data on impact; etc. Maybe one can address the enormous difficulty of measuring the use and impact of ICT on learning. Focus also on the fact that it is not only about using ICT for language learning but that one learns other competences such as citizenship, intercultural awareness, etc… maybe data on this ? Please finish with some key conclusions, statements, recommendations to get the discussion going.
Workshop on NIFLAR project at Coimbra University, Portugal
Social interaction in virtual worlds:
Designing for ICC in 3D
Ton Koenraad, Mabelle Hermandéz, Lex Hermans
Design principles for NIFLAR 3D VLE’s
Task and object driven activities
Main NIFLAR objectives :
• To enrich and innovate academic programs of foreign languages
and make them more rewarding and relevant
Promoting blended learning by the use of two technologies:
– Video web communication (Adobe Connect)
– 3D Virtual Worlds (Second Life / Open SIM)
• To study the added value of implementing networked
Three target groups:
– FL learners at secondary and tertiary levels
– Pre- (in) service teachers
Project Home, International Meeting & Communication Area,
Tandem Language Learning Space
Info Gap: collaborative problem solving
Talking Lottery Balls
Inspired by: Talking Dice
• oral proficiency practice with embedded ICC
development goals through symbols & images
that trigger statements and interactions on
personal lives and cultural topics.
Cultural Knowledge Quiz:
exchange, discuss, convince, move, apologize…
SLOODLE for NIFLAR OpenSim Worlds
• WebIntercom -- links text-chat in-world to a Moodle
• Quiz Chair -- students can do a Moodle quiz from inworld, and receive audio-visual feedback on their
• Awards system
3D-visualisation of Third Place concept and
historical dimension (ICC pedagogy)
• Pilot experiences in Second Life for academic
students (Spanish L2) and student teachers.
• Pilot with secondary pupils in OpenSim
(Spanish & English L2, tandem approach) and
Pre & post oral tests
Surveys (pre, mid and post)
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