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.

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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 March 10, 2011 at 14:05

I agree with you, Kip, in principle! What I'm trying to convey to my students is what their way of speaking English sounds like to other people.

Swedes, for example, often come across as humourless and arrogant … but it's mostly their intonation that's at fault. However, 'normal' English intonation sounds almost unhinged in Swedish ears, as if you're about to lose it - big time!


It's very common for a Swedish female manager to present herself like this: "I'm Anna". Then she can't understand why the foreigners aren't treating her entirely seriously. In a 'flat' society like the one here, you work out social status in other ways (Swedes are notorious in the clothing industry for buying clothes with designer labels on them - clothes that rich Italians wouldn't touch with a bargepole!). What I have to do on this course is make sure that the students know what impression they're actually making … so that they have a choice to make that impression or not.

Comment by Kip Yellowjacket on March 10, 2011 at 12:17

Regarding observation of language learning activities in Second Life, all are welcome to observe activities which take place at VIRTLANTIS. I'd also be more than happy to meet with teachers/language facilitators to discuss both current activities and activities which have been offered in the past via Second Life English (now called VIRTLANTIS). Free support and resources for language facilitators have been on offer at VIRTLANTIS since 2006  - and are still on offer - help with no strings attached. Feel free to contact me here or via e-mail at kip@virtlantis.com. Happy to help...


More info at...

Website: http://www.virtlantis.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21079480225

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/VIRTLANTIS-3803410

Comment by Kip Yellowjacket on March 10, 2011 at 12:05
@David: Thank you for your reply. You wrote: "I'm talking about register here: the language people who're perceived to be of a high-status use towards people who're perceived to be of a low-status, and vice versa." --> It seems to me we should be working to eradicate such perceptions of status, especially if primarily stemming from an imposed sense of hierarchy - not maintain them. In order to do so, it seems changes in language use are also needed - mutual respect minus hierarchy - reflected linguistically. What do you think?
Comment by David Richardson on March 10, 2011 at 11:14
This is what's happening next week, by the way:

This is Meeting 3 of the course, when the students are due to carry out Assessment 1, which is 5-minute presentation about an SL-related phenomenon. They have to restrict themselves to one visual aid, and I'll give them feedback as soon as they've finished.

We'll be doing some warm-up exercises (to get their English going at the beginning) and practising for the second assessment, the role-play at Meeting 4.

Each of the three sessions follows the same lesson planning, by the way. I do everything three times to allow for differences in time zones.
Comment by David Richardson on March 10, 2011 at 11:10
I'm talking about register here: the language people who're perceived to be of a high-status use towards people who're perceived to be of a low-status, and vice versa.

Many of my students are Scandinavians and they just haven't learned about class differences, so they talk to everyone as if they were a personal friend (or had come to clean the room).

In Swedish, for example, I address the Vice-Chancellor of our university as 'Stephen'. One of the central bureaucrats suggested that we should all start calling him 'Dr Hwang' or 'Vice-Chancellor' (in Swedish), but the suggestion was laughed out of court!
Comment by Kip Yellowjacket on March 9, 2011 at 19:22
@David: Just had a look at: http://www.flexlearning.se/englishcourses/bt/btm1.htm Out of curiosity, how would you define "high-status and low status language in English"?
Comment by Susan Gowans on March 9, 2011 at 18:05

I have just found this group and extremely interested in observing some classes in the near future if possible.  


I look forward to meeting you there,



Comment by Marisa Constantinides on March 4, 2011 at 18:16
Thanks Richard - this is great! Hope to be able to attend one of the dates in March. :-)
Comment by David Richardson on March 4, 2011 at 14:01

You're welcome to come along and watch the Business Talking course on Kamimo Island. We've just had Meeting 2 (out of 5) and next time we meet the students will be doing their first assessed task.


You'll find the timetable in the 'Business Pages' section of the course web site:


Business Talking website


and there's a SLURL to Kamimo Island in the top left-hand corner of the screen.


We'll be starting in the Peer Gynt Rotunda, which is a black-roofed round pavilion just up the hill from the Welcome Area. If you get lost, do a search for Davric Rinkitink (my avatar!) and IM me. I'll send you a teleport invitation.


I missed out on seeing this group when you formed it … but you're very welcome to come back in the autumn (we start in early September) if you miss the spring term course.


Our next meetings are on 16th and 17th March, by the way. There are three alternative times for each meeting because we have to cover the various time zones around the world. Each of the alternative meetings is more or less the same as the other two, though.


David R




Comment by Marisa Constantinides on October 25, 2010 at 15:33
Weekly English Conversation Class in Second Life tonight at 19:00GMT on the British Council Isle - contact Creed Juran in-world

Graham Stanley/. Baldric Commons tweeted this so pls make a not about this class taking place every MONDAY.

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