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The Business Talking Course in Second Life from Kalmar

I've just made a post on the Avalon Ning about what's happening on this course in the autumn.You can read it here:…Continue

Tags: Talking, Business

Started May 21, 2010

Who are we when we're in Second Life?
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Bryan Carter from the University of Central Missouri, whom I work with extensively in Second Life, led a very interesting seminar this afternoon entitled "Presence, Representation and Identity in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beatriz Lupiano Apr 29, 2010.

Audio problems in SL
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I wonder if anyone can help me with a student problem in SL.I have a student who can hear all the ambient sounds in world, but can't hear any of the voice chat (or participate herself). She's…Continue

Tags: problems, audio, SL

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Richardson Apr 14, 2010.

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A little about me …

I teach English at Högskolan i Kalmar in southern Sweden. I've been teaching in the virtual environment my college is partner in (called Kamimo Island), since 2007, and am currently running the Business Talking course for the fourth time. This is a course which gives 3 European Credits and runs entirely in world.

Here are a few links you might find useful:

Kamimo Islands Project Blog

Business Talking Home Page
(check out the Business Pages -> Second Life Basics to see how I prepare my newbies for studying in world)

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Lots of Applicants to the Business Talking Course in SL from Kalmar

We've just had the application figures for Autumn 2010 - we've had 231 applicants for the Business Talking course from Linnaeus University in Kalmar for the autumn term.

Not all of these people will actually start (probably about 120 of them), but we'll also probably pick up a few exchange students when they arrive in the autumn too.

I don't know how we're going to handle all these students yet … but we'll think of something!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 7

The spring Business Talking course started last Thursday with the course launch. Between 3pm and 6pm our time we had 63 avatars in total on Kamimo, with about 40 Americans there to find about 20 'Swedish' buddies, so that they could whisk them away and get extra credit for recording the 'Swedes'' reactions to what they'd seen. My tongue-in-cheek analysis is that you get Americans to do things by paying them - but you get Swedes to do things by appealing to their sense of what's good for the… Continue

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 6

Yesterday was the day this term's Business Talking course finished on Kamimo Island. The students had Assessment 3 to do which is a 'group presentation'. This time they could present about anything they wanted to, but the group of three's presentations had to be linked in some way. For example, we started (as usual) with the far eastern group at 3.00 pm), which happened to consist of a Kazakh studying to be an architect at Beijing University, a Swede working for Citibank in Shanghai, a music… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 3:26pm — 12 Comments

Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 5

It was a busy end of week last week, which is why it's taken until Monday to write this post. On Wednesday we had two very successful Meeting 4/Assessment 2s, once again, one for the far Easterners and another for the people based in Europe. Everyone had done their homework and downloaded the role play cards, and they all took to the activity directly. This was the first time I'd used this particular role play situation on the course, but everything went smoothly. One of the factors I had to… Continue

Posted on November 22, 2009 at 11:00pm

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At 5:13am on September 28, 2009, Graham Davies said…
Welcome, David!


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