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Virtual Learning Group 3rd Session

Group Photo

Group Photo: an interesting bunch of avatars

A highly successful session; some very interesting discussions on Cultural Stereotyping and the students are becoming more and more proficient at navigating within Second Life. They now have fewer technical queries and are able to move around, teleport and communicate with other avatars easily.

The exchange of languages continues to be fruitful with students engaging with the topics and gaining confidence in their target language. Myself and the other two facilitators now mostly stay inworld to monitor the groups instead of going to the students’ computers to help them out. The discussion within the groups generally flows aided by notecards containing suggestions for discussion and vocabulary hints.

Some anecdotes from the session:

  • One group decided to have their discussion in the swimming pool despite one of them wearing a full ball gown (her avatar appears in the photo above)
  • One avatar’s clothing did not generate for the entire session and another avatar appeared only as a particle cloud.
  • Some teleport boards continue to teleport us into the sea..
  • A French student, while discussing stereotypes, was overheard to say the following; “The British have the best tea in the world but the worst teeth.”

Next Monday is a bank holiday in France so the next session will be in two weeks time. We are thinking of taking the students to visit some other islands within Second Life, any suggestions are welcome!

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2 responses to “Virtual Learning Group 3rd Session

  1. headbaffling March 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Hilarious! This is fascinating as a way to physically congregate across space and time. not without problems i see…might need to have to enter the ‘second life’ pond…soon

  2. langlearnlog March 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Yes, it can result in some funny situations! But it is a great way of meeting and interacting with people from other countries, so very useful for language learning. Let me know if you decide to take the plunge, I can give you some advice!

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