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We have been approached by another EU funded project which is enquiring about language schools in Second Life and they ask to contribute to a survey and they offer to publish 10 case studies in 3 languages in an attractive coloful brochure on the net in July.

Here are the details to the survey
http://www.elearningeuropa.info/languagelearning

In connection with this request, I have started compiling a list of language schools with a Second Life presence.

Would you be able to add to this list?


LanguageLab
Shiv Rajendran aka Kingsbury Yeats
info@languagelab.com   (44)020 3355 0730

British Council
Graham Stanley aka Baldric Commons

Talkademy
Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart aka Yvonne Handrick
 
Avatar languages
Howard Vickers aka Vickers Halostar
 
UWA Virtlantis/ Second Life English (language school?)
http://uwainsl.blogspot.com
Kip Boahn aka Kip Yellowjacket
 
It would be very interesting to hear about all of the language schools present in SL.

If you know of a language school or own such a language school, let us know.

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Stefanie Hundsberger produced this report in 2009: Foreign language learning in Second Life and the implications for resource provision in academic libraries, Arcadia Fellowship Programme, Cambridge University Library:

http://arcadiaproject.lib.cam.ac.uk/docs/second_life.pdf

It mentions several language schools in SL, including ASimil8, which has now changed its name to RendezVu. I am not sure, however, whether RendezVu aims to use SL or some other kind of 3D sim. I have registered my interest anyway in anticipation of the forthcoming launch:

http://www.rendezvu.co.uk

The UK Open University has indicated an interest in using SL to teach foreign languages. I have already had a few discussions with language teaching staff in the OU and tossed around a few ideas. They may have made some progress by now. The OU has an island in SL, which they use for publicity and for teaching subjects other than languages. Contact Greg Withnail aka Kickaha Wolfenhaut:

http://www.open.ac.uk/virtualworlds
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Open%20University/50/207/33

The Goethe-Institut is also active in SL, offering free language classes once a week:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Goethe%20Institut/72/151/26

There is also Ciudad Bonita (where I enjoyed a sample Spanish lesson). I believe this is part of LanguageLab, isn't it?

I have a list of relevant SL resources at the ICT4LT site in Section 14.2.1 of Module 1.5. Here is the direct link:

http://www.ict4lt.org/en/en_mod1-5.htm#secondlife

BTW your link to the EU project appears to be broken. This should work:

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/languagelearning

An update on RendezVu: we are delighted to announce that ExamSpeak Beta has been released.
ExamSpeak (http://www.examspeak.com) prepares students for their English speaking exam.

This product is an online English course for students sitting the KET Test. You can enter our test room and introduce yourself to the examiners. Meet the other test taker. Answer the examiner’s questions then get feedback on your performance. This spoken English course: http://www.examspeak.com/SpokenEnglishCourse allows you to learn English online and improve your test score.

 

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Heike, to the question of whether SLEnglish is an school of languages or not... Much depends on your definition of "school". If it runs somewhat like "a place designed and used for teaching/learning", then, I believe, SLEnglish is indeed a school, 'physically' located on UWA Virtlantis in SL. Kip Yellowjacket, however, has never endorsed this label/classification, as far as I know, preferring the term "language learning community". So, if you go by the opinion of the founder/facilitator, SLEnglish is *not* a school. But... does it really matter what label we use in this case? To whom does it matter? For what purpose?

Just my 2p
Most of the language learning and teaching communities in SL could be not be classified as "schools". I think Stefanie Hundsberger had problems in tracking down formal schools as such.

The term "school" does not make much sense to me in the context of SL. In fact, it does not make much sense to me in the context of Web-based learning in general. We need to move away from the concept of a physical environment. I am no longer a teacher but I am still a learner. Virtually all of my learning now takes place informally - via the Web, via social networks, via personal learning networks, via Second Life, etc. I also keep in touch with family, friends and professional contacts in the same way. It is interesting to note that people in my age group (over 65) are probably more active on the Web than students of university age (18-24). The CIBER project at University College London found that we spend on average four hours per week longer online than 18-24-year olds:
http://www.bl.uk/news/pdf/googlegen.pdf
There is also "Babel languages" (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Pak/79/247/93)
This is their website http://www.babellanguageschool.dk/index.html
The owner is Mike Meltzer (sl) Michael Großpietsch (rl)
If you want communities, there is also Cypris Village.
However, I tend to agree with Graham and Wlodek, most of the teaching and learning that takes places in SL cannot be termed "school" its either individual teachers or communities.
I remember Stefanie asked the same question.

I have the feeling that for many "school" still sounds more respectable but I wouldn't automatically attach such a quality tag to a name. A lot of good teaching (or maybe better learning) takes place in SL, which would be left out/ignored in such case studies that concentrate on "schools".

Hm, why am I suspicious when someone wants to make "an attractive colourful brochure"? What for? Who for? Will it be something helpful for teachers teaching or wanting to teach in SL? Will it provide some nice statistics to be able to get more funding? … OK, I'm a bit sarcastic today… :-)
There is also Maurice Claypole's school, though I have no details to hand. Will post again when I find them.
If our emerging list is accurate, that does not amount to much SL FL teaching, does it?
Hello
I need to work english I want to talk and correct the grammair (?)
marc LELIEVRE > Tango Millet

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