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Nergiz Kern and Muhammad Sajjad are now friends
Apr 17, 2013
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Apr 11, 2013
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Mar 12, 2013
Nergiz Kern commented on Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi's event 'SLanguages 2011 - 16-18 September'
"Looking forward to attending some of the sessions and learning from my colleagues."
Sep 13, 2011
Nergiz Kern might attend Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi's event

SLanguages 2011 - 16-18 September at EduNation and AVALON Learning Islands

September 16, 2011 at 3pm to September 18, 2011 at 12pm
5th SLanguages Annual Symposium******************************* 16-18 September 2011 Friday to Sunday #slang11 The 5th SLanguages Annual Symposium is a FREE annual conference which focuses on language learning in a virtual world(s) founded by Gavin Dudeney of The Consultants-E. Today it is organised by a team of volunteers. The featured theme of this year’s 3-day online conference is 'Serious games' and 'Situated Learning'. It hosts…See More
Sep 13, 2011
Nergiz Kern might attend Carol Rainbow's event

Integrating Task-based Language Learning (TBLT) in Second Life for EFL Learners at EduNation

September 17, 2011 from 2pm to 3pm
Time: 12pm SLT | 7pm GMTYour local time: http://tinyurl.com/66hxq7dLocation: EARTH This workshop presentation will demonstrate how to implement a task-based approach in Second Life (SL) in order to boost the engagement and motivation of EFL learners as well as to enhance their language production. The presenter will showcase a number of tasks that…See More
Sep 13, 2011
Nergiz Kern might attend Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi's event

Student Learning Outcomes and the Instituto Espanol Experience at Sky Conference

September 16, 2011 from 6pm to 7pm
Fri, 16 Sept 2011, 11am SL | 6pm GMTYour local time: http://tinyurl.com/5ufyofhVenue: Earth Venue http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduNation/104/184/24Adobe room: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl3The Instituto Espanol experiment is a concept based on the Immersion method of…See More
Sep 13, 2011
Nergiz Kern might attend Carol Rainbow's event

KEYNOTE: Hayo Reinders 'Learn English or Die' at Edunation

September 17, 2011 from 10am to 10:30am
17 Sept, 3am SL | 10am GMTYour local time: http://tinyurl.com/17Sept10amGMTLocation in SL : Sky PlatformAdobe Room: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl ABSTRACTLearn English or Die: The Effects of Digital Game Play on Interaction and Willingness to Communicate.In recent…See More
Sep 13, 2011
Nergiz Kern and Barbara McQueen are now friends
Aug 19, 2011
Nergiz Kern commented on Gary Motteram's group SL Experiments Teachers Group
"Fantastic list, Gwen! It's great that now there will be weekly events for language teachers again.   I will enjoy taking a backseat this time dropping in occasionally and learning from my wonderful colleagues. I will be in Manchester over…"
Jun 9, 2011
Nergiz Kern commented on Gary Motteram's group SL Experiments Teachers Group
"Great! Thanks Heike!  I had forgotten about that."
Jun 6, 2011
Nergiz Kern commented on Gary Motteram's group SL Experiments Teachers Group
"Dennis,   Just wanted to say that only admins can send out broadcast messages on Ning. So most members who wanted to remind people of an event would not be able to use it.  I can understand your frustration a bit but is it really necessary…"
Jun 6, 2011
Nergiz Kern commented on Edith Paillat's event 'Emoting for Creative Writing'
"So sorry, but I have to take care of my nephew. I'm looking forward to reading your report."
Jun 3, 2011
Nergiz Kern is attending Edith Paillat's event

Emoting for Creative Writing at Edunation Webheads Headquarters

June 3, 2011 from 6pm to 7pm
Friday 3rd June 6pm GMT - 8PM CET - 11am SLTCheck your Time hereLocation:WebHeads HQ Edunation In this session I would like to look at how EMOTING in Role Play can extend students' command of narrative language and challenge their written proficiency in situ.Cyber (/me) now sits on a comfortable chair on Edunation and waits anxiously for expression of interest on the  …See More
Jun 1, 2011
Nergiz Kern commented on Gary Motteram's group SL Experiments Teachers Group
"Edith, I've just approved the event (Events need approving). Sorry, if there was a delay. I was away and offline for three days  "
May 31, 2011
Nergiz Kern commented on Gary Motteram's group SL Experiments Teachers Group
"Such a book could also be published on Lulu.com or similar sites. I don't think that the market is big enough yet to publish a print book but I might be wrong.  "
May 13, 2011

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When did you first enter Second Life?
What is your avatar's name?
Daffodil Fargis
Which is your favorite site in Second Life? (SLURL)
What only one? :-)
Do you own or rent land? (SLURL)
not anymore
Skype ID
What is your professional background?
I am a language trainer with an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL and the Diploma in English language teaching to Adults from the Cambridge University (DELTA).

I teach EAP (English for Academic Purposes) at at tertiary level in Turkey and the UK. I have worked as a language trainer in different countries for ten years and have taught general, business, technical and academic English at different levels to students of all ages and backgrounds.
My main interests are developing and teaching ESP courses, appropriate use of educational technology in language learning and teaching, learner motivation, and learner autonomy.
I participated in the one-year postgraduate programme MUVEnation ‘Teaching and learning with MUVEs’ funded by the EU. I am also involved in training teachers how to use Virtual Worlds, specifically Second Life, for language teaching.
I started a group for language teachers in Second Life together with two colleagues. We have over 100 members now. The SLExperiments group meets twice a month in-world. We also have a wiki where we share resources related to education in virtual worlds, especially related to language teaching. The group joined forces with AVALON in 2011 and has a discussion forum on this Ning.

Nergiz Kern's Blog

Reading Skills in the Virtual World

The company 3Dsoft seems to have developed a tool similar to SLOODLE called LearningSpaces Maker.

In this video, they show a reading skills activity.

I think the video is self-explanatory.


Posted on April 24, 2011 at 14:02

Luisa's interview on ABC Radio National Australia

This is an excellent radio interview with Luisa on ABC Radio on 31 March 2011. I thought it would be a pity if it got lost in the event archives, so I'm copying it here. This was the original announcement:

Luisa has recently been interviewed by award winning Australian journalist and broadcaster, Antony Funnell. Her interview goes to air on Future…


Posted on April 6, 2011 at 21:52 — 1 Comment

New BASIC mode in SL Viewer 2

Some of you might already have read about it in the SL Educators forum. The latest version of the SL Viewer 2 has now also a BASIC mode that you can select. In fact, this is the default viewer and mode for all who sign up for a Second Life account now. Although the intension of simplifying the first steps for new SL residents is good, this brings some problems with it for educators. Before, I list some of the differences between the basic and advanced viewer, I thought it might be helpful to…


Posted on April 6, 2011 at 9:39 — 4 Comments

How Second Life can motivate English language students

No, this is not about a lesson in Second Life :-) Read on.

Now that Second Life is accessible to 16 - 17 year olds, I have talked about it with my high-school students who are training to become aviation maintenance technicians. I had written a blog post about it here. 

As I cannot use SL in class with them, I thought they might just as well do that in their own time. Some have…


Posted on March 12, 2011 at 18:10 — 2 Comments

SL+MOODLE=SLOODLE Some example projects

A colleague on my MA course asked about SLOODLE. I thought I'll post my answer here, too as many language teachers ask about this tool.


I have always used Second Life in combination with MOODLE and so have many other teachers or teacher educators. So, SLOODLE, which connects Second Life to MOODLE, looked interesting when I came across it and I installed and set it up on my MOODLE. We also used it regularly in a…


Posted on March 3, 2011 at 16:30

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At 11:22 on February 25, 2011, Martin Warters said…
It was really cool meeting with you, too. I think that was our first direct contact and we are now half way through our MA!
At 10:29 on February 13, 2011, Ozan Varli said…
Hey Nergiz, great to see you here, too! To be honest, I don't have a solid idea yet, but I'm thinking about something like "interculturality" in language education or the status of World Englishes in virtual networks. I still have another year of courses ahead of me, so I'm kinda taking my time :D Cheers!
At 13:10 on September 24, 2010, Chris Surridge said…
Thanks Nergiz

It's good to be connected again. :-)
At 19:26 on April 10, 2010, Heather Maria Baba said…
Hi Nergiz
How's things? I must try and get back into SL - doing the LT SIG PCE got me enthusiastic again.
At 15:29 on February 16, 2010, ALEXANDRA KOUKOUMIALOU said…
Hi Nergiz - just a quick note to let you know that the link to your blog on the AVALON Moodle home page, in the right-hand column, shows me a Snipurl error - for some reason. I also get a 404 Not Found error with the Educational Uses of SL link, in the same column.
Everything else works just fine - I just thought I'd let you know :)
At 13:30 on February 15, 2010, Daniela Cuccurullo said…
Hi Nergiz/Daffodil, nice to meet you here again.
I was in Muvenation and in EVO last year and I hope to be part of the Avalon group now.
At 12:36 on December 6, 2009, Graham Stanley said…
Hi Nergiz- look forward to seeing you at AVALON later today if you can make it
At 3:42 on November 5, 2009, Ismail Fayed said…
Salam Nergiz,

Good to see you here as well. I look forward to more SL engagement after I am done with my MA which was taking most of my time. I would love to try it soon with my students, if possible!!

Best wishes,
At 17:03 on May 14, 2009, Stefanie Hundsberger said…
Hi Nergiz,
This is a slightly revised version of the one I sent to you via SL:
I'm a librarian at the University of Manchester and I'm researching foreign language learning in SL and its implications for resource provision in academic libraries. I am doing this work as an Arcadia Fellow at Cambridge University Library. I would like to interview people who are actively involved in foreign language learning in SL (both students and teachers) and, preferably, who also have experience of using academic libraries as part of their foreign language learning. However, I would still like to hear from you even if you only fit into one of these two target groups. I imagine the interview won't be longer than approx. 30 min. I would be very grateful if you would be willing to participate. The interviews will take place in SL (or via Skype) over the next 3 weeks (until early June). Please send me a message and we can arrange a convenient date and time. You are very welcome to pass this message on to relevant colleagues. Many thanks!
At 17:54 on April 5, 2009, Leslie Jarmon said…
I agree! I just love it when Second Life and these coincidences continue to bring us all together! It is so nice to be working with you, Nergiz!

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