Observing Foreign Language Classes in Second Life


Observing Foreign Language Classes in Second Life

Join this group if you: - teach foreign language classes in SL and agree to allowing other teachers to observe you - are a teacher and wish to find information about classes/teachers who are willing to be observed.

Members: 28
Latest Activity: Jul 25, 2013

What to do:

If you agree to being observed:

Please leave details of your class(es) in the discussion forum:


No of observers you allow each time

If you have found a teacher who agrees to being observed:

- Be on time
- Be as unobtrusive as possible
- Do not use voice or text chat (muting your mike is best)
- Do not offer comments unless asked and then be positive; this is not an appraisal

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Comment by David Richardson on August 15, 2011 at 9:29

We've got around 80 applicants for the Business Talking course this autumn, but I'm still expecting a group size of about 30 (there's always a shortfall, as students discover that there's a difference between what they thought they'd be able to do when they applied in April and what they can actually do when they get down to it in September - technological problems play a role too).


However, as you can see, there are three alternatives for each meeting, so I'll probably end up with about 10-12 students in world on any one occasion.


Bryan Carter and I are tweaking the US buddy system too this term. We're planning to have much more organised, term-length cooperative projects, including the devising, production and performance of machinmas.


Members of this group are very welcome to drop by at any time when we're there - just observe the ground rules Marisa's laid out above. If any observers would like to spend more time with me to discuss what they've seen, I'm sure we'll be able to fix this.

Comment by David Richardson on August 15, 2011 at 9:23

Marisa's comment reminded me to post the Business Talking schedule here too. All times are in CET (Central European Time).


Course Launch Day: Thursday, 22nd September (16.00 - 18.00)

(Students will mostly be just dropping in for a few minutes to meet their US buddies)


Meeting 1 (runs three times, but it's the same meeting)


Wednesday, 5th October 15.00 - 17.00

Wednesday, 5th October 18.30 - 20.30

Thursday, 6th October 18.30 - 20.30


(Meetings 1 and 2 are teaching sessions)


Meeting 2


Wednesday, 19th October 15.00 - 17.00

Wednesday, 19th October 18.30 - 20.30

Thursday, 20th October 18.30 - 20.30


Meeting 3 (first assessment)


Wednesday, 2nd November 15.00 - 17.00

Wednesday, 2nd November 18.30 - 20.30

Thursday, 3rd November 18.30 - 20.30


Meeting 4 (second assessment)


Wednesday, 23rd November 15.00 - 17.00

Wednesday, 23rd November 18.30 - 20.30

Thursday, 24th November 18.30 - 20.30


Meeting 5 (third assessment)


Wednesday, 30th November 15.00 - 17.00

Wednesday, 30th November 18.30 - 20.30

Thursday, 1st December 18.30 - 20.30


All the meetings start on Kamimo Island, usually in the Peer Gynt Rotunda.


I'll make another post about what's going on on the course this autumn.





Comment by Marisa Constantinides on August 14, 2011 at 22:34
Dear Group Members,

You are kindly invited to step forward and volunteer to do a foreign language demonstration lesson during the next Slanguages Conference

Last year I did Greek, Heike did German, but all languages are welcome.

Please send your proposal to me as a message with a short outline of what you would like to teach (content or language aims) and how you plan to do it (methods and tools.

The Slangiuages Conference is going to be a great opportunity to showcase different types of lessons and teaching methods to our members

Thank you all
Comment by Belma Gaukrodger [KiwiBelma] on June 29, 2011 at 11:15

Hello Again,

Preparations are underway for the Kiwi English Sessions. If you'd like to observe any of the 6 sessions, come along to:


Location: Koru - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Koru/110/35/32

Time: Wednesday 29th June, 9pm (PDT), SL time (Check Your time - for Kiwi English)

Levels: Intermediate and above


The Sessions will be held every Wednesday, 9pm (PDT), SL time, for 6 weeks.


Feel free to pass on the info to anyone who'd like to learn English with some New Zealand content.


(The maximum number of attendants is the number that the sim allows - about 40)


For more details, please refer to the Kiwi English blog posts at:

KiwiBelma Blog


See you inworld :-)


CyberAmber Pixelmaid





Comment by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on May 30, 2011 at 17:14

If you wish to observe German lessons in Berlin of the 20s, you are more than welcome. I have been conducting these lessons twice a week since last August and my group is now 53 members strong. I usually have 3 or 4 students every evening. After the lesson we conduct "Kultur-Tour" and go to virtual Munich, Cologne or similar to check-out other German sims.

Times: Thu and Fri, 9pm CET, 12pm SL time

Blog: http://teleportnovela.blogspot.com

As from this week, I also start a Japanese conversation class every Thursday, 1pm CET, 4am SL time. This is new though but you are more than welcome to observe this too. 

Comment by Belma Gaukrodger [KiwiBelma] on May 18, 2011 at 10:51

Hello Everybody,

At the risk of sounding extremely ambiguous, I'll be conducting a 'Kiwi English' language session, as part of my assignment in a MUVE paper (in the next couple of weeks).


The location, the date and the time + any materials will be made available shortly. This is a pre-invitation, in case you'd like to think about coming along.


Of course, if you know of any students (Intermediate and above) who'd like to participate, please let them know too.


Apologies in advance for the 'downunder' time zones.


CyberAmber Pixelmaid

Comment by Kip Yellowjacket on April 9, 2011 at 4:49
@Marisa: Thank you for your reply and sorry for the delay in my response - up to my ears in to-dos, as always. ^^ Regarding your comments, "I agree with him that it is not our role to embark on a fight for the eradication of status perceptions." & "Teachers are teachers and they should not be seeing themselves as language planners on a mission.", I must respectfully say that I am of a different opinion. However, it seems this discussion might be a bit off-topic here, so I kindly invite you and anyone else interested to continue the discussion here: http://avalon-project.ning.com/group/virtlantis/forum/topics/what-i...

On another matter more suitable to this forum topic, I'd like to inform everyone that my language activities at VIRTLANTIS can be observed by anyone and everyone, without any need for prior notification. Moreover, active participation is not only welcome, it is encouraged. Observers should feel free to use voice and/or text and speak up and contribute whenever they please. More information pertaining to language activities at VIRTLANTIS can be found in the group description and discussions: http://avalon-project.ning.com/group/virtlantis
Comment by David Richardson on March 16, 2011 at 17:27

Kip and Marisa,

Thanks to you too for an interesting discussion. I've been a bit busy these last couple of days, so I haven't had time to respond. I'm about to go into an SL session too - the first one this term where my students are going to get marks for something they do in world.


Thanks for the offer of assistance, Kip. We're at a strange halfway stage right now as regards SL at my university. Lots of people have heard of our course now … but they still don't really know what it involves. At the same time, we're attracting lots of applicants, even though the number of places is limited.


Looks like there'll be an expansion one of these days … and we'll definitely be needing people who can teach English in SL!

Comment by Marisa Constantinides on March 11, 2011 at 8:52

Hi Kip and thank you for also suggesting Virtlantis - I think teaching & learning in action in SL is missing from a lot of courses and I am very glad that a few colleagues are beginning to slowly gather here.


Very interesting discussion with David re perceptions of what is acceptable and normal


I agree with him that it is not our role to embark on a fight for the eradication of status perceptions. I think this is up to any linguistic community to do through its use of their own or a foreign language.


Teachers are teachers and they should not be seeing themselves as language planners on a mission.


Honorifics - the study of addressor-addressee forms - is a highly complex area within and across languages and I personally do not feel I am entitled to teach my Greek, for instance, learners to call everyone by their first name is the thing to do.

But it's my job to give them access to information about those perceptions so they can decide for themselves.






Comment by Kip Yellowjacket on March 10, 2011 at 14:26
@David: Thank you, I very much appreciate your reply. Your course seems very interesting. Just let me know if you ever need/want any assistance. Am very open to opportunities for collaboration, etc. Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

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