It’s nice to be enjoying a quiet week. Last week was pretty hectic for me:
Face-to-face, 12 November:
I gave presentation on Second Life at the Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning Conference
, SOAS, London. Good conference. Jean Conacher (University of Limerick) gave an excellent presentation on Technology Enhanced Language learning, and I finally met Web 2.0 guru Nik Peachey… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on November 18, 2009 at 3:58am —
Today's the day my students do their guided role plays for their second assessment on the course. This post is about what I have to do to get ready for it. I'll do another one tomorrow to tell you how it worked out in practice.
What I'm trying to do today is to test their abilities to use English more spontaneously and in a situation where they might have to persuade other people to come round to their point of view. The form of the assessment is 'freely adapted' (as they say) from… Continue
Added by David Richardson on November 18, 2009 at 3:29am —
My colleague Randall Sadler has already done a lot of work on our EUROCALL/CALICO Christmas Holodeck. It's taking shape at the EUROCALL/CALICO HQ and will be accessible via the Horizons rezzer at ground level. It will include a skating rink:
I am putting together a box of Christmas goodies: decorations, trees covered in snow, and landmarks for Christmas… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on November 11, 2009 at 9:01am —
See this useful video by Helen Myers (Karelia Kondor in SL) on her introduction to SL and her experiences in learning Italian:
Language learning in Second Life: an introduction:
Added by Graham Davies on November 9, 2009 at 6:46am —
Busy week for me next week:
Face-to-face: Talking about Second Life, including an online tour, at the Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning Conference, SOAS, 11.45am GMT, 12 Nov: http://www.soas.ac.uk/lwwcetl/events/events/file54810.pdf
Online: Virtual Round Table Conference, Language Learning with Technology, 12-13 November:… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on November 7, 2009 at 5:00am —
Stefanie Hundsberger's report on Foreign language learning in Second Life and the implications for resource provision in academic libraries
has just been published:
This report was produced as a research exercise for the Arcadia Fellowship Programme at Cambridge University Library over a period of nine weeks. It aimed to… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on November 6, 2009 at 7:09am —
I have just installed a new New Web TV and YouTube viewer in the EUROCALL Building in SL. It's located in Meeting Room 1, upstairs. You can view the video that is currently available by clicking on the Play button next to the video camera icon at the foot of the SL screen. I actually have a menu of videos available, but I have not worked out a way of allowing anyone other than myself to select freely from the menu without also allowing them to delete an existing video or add a new video. There… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on November 5, 2009 at 9:48am —
Have a look at this great sim of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie:
I crossed the border into East Germany on three occasions:
1. In 1963 when I was a student in Hamburg. The West German government organised heavily subsidised trips to Berlin for foreign students. The Wall had been there for just two years. There were memorials all along the… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on November 2, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Yesterday was the big day for my current group on the Business Talking course on Kamimo Island - their first assessed task. For me it was the day I printed up all the feedback forms, filled the coffee mug and sat down to concentrate on what they were saying - so hard that even the night security man didn't come and disturb me.
I'm running two sessions each meeting this time round, so at 3.00 pm the contingent from Beijing, Shanghai and Moscow came along (the regular 6.30 pm meeting… Continue
Added by David Richardson on October 28, 2009 at 11:59pm —
SL meeting on Language and Literature in the English Language Classroom
Forwarded from Graham Stanley, The British Council:
We would like to welcome everyone to attend the first monthly event for teachers and students on the British Council Isle in the main grid of Second Life.
WHAT: Language and Literature in the English Language Classroom
WHEN: Saturday October 31st at 9.30am UK time (02.30am SL time) - see… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 28, 2009 at 8:16pm —
Lots of ICT sessions over the three days of the London Language Show
this coming Friday - Sunday.
I'll be doing my usual preaching about the massive potential of SL to the lively people who come along! (They usually smile indulgently!!) Please say hello if you're there .. I'll definitely be at the sessions I'm in (!) on… Continue
Added by Helen Myers on October 28, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Two more events: November 09 is beginning to look busy!
Virtual Round Table Conference on Language Learning with Technology, 12-13 Nov 09:
ICT Show and Tell Day for Teachers of Modern Foreign Languages, 14 Nov 09:… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 27, 2009 at 5:30am —
A one-day conference on Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning
will take place at SOAS, University of London, on 12 November 2009:
The focus will be on the following themes in language pedagogy: computer mediated communication; Web 2.0 technologies; mobile learning; and intercultural exchange. It is hoped that the discussions will widen to… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 27, 2009 at 4:46am —
I just found a nice sim in Second Life: Jura, France
A French-speaking guide showed me around, showing me a wine cellar, a cheese shop, the port and a mock-up of Louis Pasteur's house. There is a Christmas Village there too, complete with ski resort, chair lift and Father Christmas!
Then the guide directed me to a magic chair that took me on a tour of the whole… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 26, 2009 at 12:55pm —
Members of the AVALON team are developing a holodeck system that can easily be set up and modified by teachers. See the thread on holodecks in the AVALON Ning:
The EUROCALL/CALICO HQ contains three Horizons holodecks, each of which can be accessed by the teleporter system - start at the Welcome… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 24, 2009 at 3:58am —
Videos of the plenary speakers, their PowerPoint presentations and handouts are now available at the following link:
The conference blog is still active at:
The blog records the impressions of a number of people… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 16, 2009 at 4:32am —
Wow! We have 40 members already. Thanks for joining!
Greetings from the University of Ulster, where I am conducting an evaluation of their multimedia facilities.
Added by Graham Davies on October 13, 2009 at 11:31am —
Video Clip of EUROCALL 2009 Social Events
Those of you who attended the EUROCALL 2009 conference in Gandía can relive some of the social events in the video clip that I've uploaded to the EUROCALL CMC SIG Ning.
Those of you who were not able to attend the conference can see what you missed!
I have uploaded this video just once to the CMC SIG Ning rather than uploading it three times to all three EUROCALL Nings to which I belong, namely:
EUROCALL CMC… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 9, 2009 at 7:30am —
There aren't going to be as many as one a day of these blog posts … it's just that I did something more today! After each Course Meeting I try to publish a podcast, really as a way trying to keep the group together. This is quite a challenge with these 'place of study' SL courses, because the students never meet IRL. I've been podcasting on my courses since 2005 and the feedback I get is always very positive. It seems as if being able to listen to the teacher's reflections at regular intervals… Continue
Added by David Richardson on October 9, 2009 at 2:00am —
I teach English at a small university in south-east Sweden, and I've been running a university course exclusively in Second Life in each of the last four terms. The course is called Business Talking and successful students get 3 European Credits for it. Students apply for it in exactly the same as for any university course in Sweden, and we haven't been advertising it at all, mainly to keep the student numbers down to a level we can handle!
We started the course this term on 17th… Continue
Added by David Richardson on October 8, 2009 at 3:18am —