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Offline Kathy Dongyao

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virtual worlds, learn a language in rich enviornments
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:06:49 PM »
The idea of using virtual worlds such as second life really resonates with me. Virtual worlds provide extremely rich environments that simulate the real world and the learners could learn a language by experience in different situations, such as the accident or medical scenarios. Virtual worlds is highly customizable and flexible, and could be of great help for language teaching with careful design and plan.
The use of virtual worlds could be incorporated into a task-based learning curriculum. When there're constraints for learners to engage in real-world tasks, virtual worlds provide a perfect spot for them to perform the tasks that can be much more authentic than the classroom role plays. It could be especially helpful for EFL learners. They do not have as many opportunities as ESL learners to engage in real-world tasks that require English use.
Virtual worlds can also be very useful for ESP learning. The use of certain scenarios can provide highly authentic situations for learners to practice language for specific purposes. For example, for medical students to practice diagnosing disease for patients in a hospital.