Language Learning and Teaching with the aid of Technology

Call forParticipation in TESOL’s EVO session



VIrtual Language Learning and Group Experience


A free 5-weekworkshop on language learning in virtual worlds

10 January 2011 -13 February 2011

Hashtag is #village11


For English teachersonly!






VILLAGE is the name of theEVO Session on 'Language Learning and Community Building' in Second Life and isa 5-week workshop on how to use virtual worlds for English language teaching and learning. It takes place on EduNation.


    January 10 - February 13, 2011 (5weeks) (Wiki for syllabus) (Community)

    Location: EduNation

    Kick-off session Sunday, 9 January2011, 3pm GMT | 7am SL time



About EVO


EVO stands for Electronic Village Online and is the pre-conference online workshop of TESOL - CALL IS(Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section) of the TESOL convention which takes place on March 16-19,

2011 in New Orleans, Lousiana, US.


For an overview of all of the10 EVO Sessions please navigate to




VILLAGE is one of 10(!) sessions at TESOL’s EVO with focus on using virtual worlds.



Weekly schedule of VILLAGE


Week 1 * January 10 - 16, 2011



Week 2 * January 17 - 23, 2011

Second Life Tools and Resources. Building and Holodecks


Week 3 * January 24 - 30, 2011

Exploring Educational Spaces in Second Life


Week 4 * January 31 - February 6, 2011

Simulated real-life scenes,role-playing and active communities in Second Life


Week 5 * February 7 - 13, 2011

Evaluation & wrap-up.



Live sessions


We are planning on conducting a number of group sessions each week. They will take place at various times of the day to meet various timezones. All of the times given are in GMT and SLtime.


For a schedule all of thelive sessions please navigate to

Half of these sessions consist of learning conversations using various holodecks or bonfire chats ofthe Webheads HQ. The other half of the sessions are workshops, tours and othersrelevant to the theme of the week.


You will find updated weeklyschedules at the beginning of each week on the notecards which you can get by clicking on the notice boards at the Webheads HQ on EduNation.


All of the sessions will also be streamed in Adobe ConnectPro

which is also used as a venue for support and recordings.


The Moderator team


Dennis Newson [OsnacantabNesterov]

Kalyan Chattopadhyay [KalyanHoratio]

Mary Pinto [Mary Roussell]

Nahir Aparicio [NahiramVaniva]

Carol Rainbow [Carolrb Roux]

Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi]

Randall Sadler [RandallRenoir]

Marisa Constantinides[Marisolde Orellana]


Kalyan Chattopadhyay, who holds M.A English, M.A. TESOL and ICT (Leeds), and Ph.D is currently Assistant Professor in English in B.S.College, University of Calcutta. He is Vice-President IndiaCALL (, and Executive Committee member AsiaCALL ( SL: Kalyan Horatio

Dennis Newson M.A.(Cantab), P.D.E.S.L (Leeds) Taught EFL in Africa, Arabia, Norway and Germany in middle schools, secondary schools, teacher training colleges, a technical university and an arts university. He was consultant for short periods in Bosnia and Kosovo and conferences have taken him to Poland, Hungary, Las Palmas, Russia and England. He has developed his interest in SL since alleged retirement. SL: Osnacantab Nesterov


Heike Philp, head of LANCELOT SchoolTM GmbH and co-initiator of both EU funded LANCELOT and AVALON projects. She looks back to more than 2 decades of teaching experience, amongst others as German teacher in Japan and England. SL: Gwen Gwasi

Maria Pinto is a Bachelor in Education with a major in English and an Educational Technology Specialist. She is also a specialist in Usability and a web-based material designer. She worked as EFL/ESL professor in the area of ICT in the English language teaching (ELT) at the University of Carabobo. She is currently working as an eLearning facilitator and consultant in her hometown, Venezuela. SL: Mary Rousell


Nahir Aparicio M. holds a Bachelor degree in Education with a Major in teaching English as a foreign language. She is a professor at UPEL-IPC where she belongs to the Chair of Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages, teaching Applied Linguistics related courses. SL: Nahiram Vaniva

Carol Rainbow B phil Ed (hons) has taught in theUK for many years but is now in service as an ICT Consultant for Oxfordshire LA working with teachers to make sure ICT plays a key role in enhancing pupil education in Oxfordshire schools. Her main interests currently are using Second Life as a teaching platform and e-safety. SL: Carolrb Roux



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