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At 1:03pm on November 29, 2011, Juan Mateu said…

Hi Graham, I am computer teacher and I am interested in virtual worlds applied to education and I will start a PhD related to this issue. I use the OpenSim in secondary education as it fits better than Second Life because no restrictions for minors and have no cost. But I'm still learning Second Life for educational use. I would like in the future to participate in some educational projects or research papers on virtual worlds in education to help me in my doctoral research.
I also hope to collaborate in the training of teachers of foreign languages ​​and other subjects.
I will be at the conference about language learning to be held in December in Valencia.
It's a pleasure meeting you and hope to collaborate in the near future.
Thanks and regards.

At 1:01pm on November 29, 2011, Juan Mateu said…

Hi Graham, I am computer teacher and I am interested in virtual worlds applied to education and I will start a PhD related to this issue.

I use the OpenSim in secondary education as it fits better than Second Life because no restrictions for minors and have no cost. But I'm still learning Second Life for educational use.

I would like in the future to participate in some educational projects or research papers on virtual worlds in education to help me in my doctoral research.

I also hope to collaborate in the training of teachers of foreign languages ​​and other subjects.

I will be at the conference about language learning to be held in December inValencia.

It's a pleasure meeting you and hope to collaborate in the near future.

Thanks and regards.

At 12:34am on September 8, 2011, Olga Georgiadou said…
Thank you, I'm teaching French as a foreign language at a university level and I'm interested in introducing Second Life in my courses. Second Life allows students to travel, so if we can arrange a class in France, it would be exciting!  
At 4:13am on May 10, 2011, Claire Rowcroft said…

Hi Graham, thanks so much for your help. I've been checking out those links and they are really interesting. Scott says 'hi'! He gave us a talk on VEs yesterday and mentioned your website. I also gave a presentation on the use of World of Warcraft for SLA, which went well, and he suggested he could maybe fund some research into that :)


At 11:14am on May 7, 2011, Claire Rowcroft said…

Hi Graham, thanks for the message. I'm afraid I haven't joined Second Life, so I don't have an avatar there yet. The lecturer (Scott Windeatt) from my CALL module on my MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL course at Newcastle University suggested I check out your site as I am researching the use of MMORPGs in language learning for a presentation and essay I will be writing soon. Having myself played World of Warcraft as a past time for the past four years or so, I am particularly interested in this game and it's application to language learning. Does this particular game also interest you or the other members? I will start by checking out the forum and blogs to try and find out :)

At 10:42am on April 29, 2011, Panos Arvanitis said…
Thank you for the approval.

I'm interesting in language teaching and learning in virtual worlds. I' m ass. prof. at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I have not been very active in Second Life for the last few months, cause im trying to develop in opensim.
At 3:49am on March 25, 2011, Akeya Zeleke said…
how can i get the link for Facabook.
At 9:48am on February 3, 2011, Cecilia Goria said…

Hi Graham,

yes, I know Helen/Karelia. Helen is not only a keen learner of Italian, but also an excellent SLer and a great colleague, in a sense, as she has helped me out wih some research on SL for my MSc in eLearning dissertation. Anyway, thank you for the link !



At 6:04am on February 3, 2011, Cecilia Goria said…

Thank you Graham for your welcome message. I am a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Nottingham and I am particularily interested in the effects of SL language education on affective variables, especially language anxiety.

Nice to share interests !



At 6:30am on January 19, 2011, HELEN IAKOVAKI said…

Hallo Graham

Thank you for welcoming me in what I admit I am a sort of interloper...

I am afraid I am really a rookie concerning virtual worlds. The extent of my involvement sofar is the fact that my University has undertaken a Leonardo da Vinci Project in Maritime Education, under the name of Captain's However, being a strong believer in the principle "do not aks someone to learn to do sth unless you make sure you can do it yourself" I am now the proud owner/inhabitant/animator (?????) of an avatar in Second Life the name of which is LinaPlatina (don't laugh!). As soon as I know how to put my clothes on (God, what a wayward pupil am I! my students would have a fit if they could see me struggling with the basics!) I intend to visit the Island where all Education takes place. As for any other useful data, I am trilingual in Greek, English and French, I have taught various flavours of ESP mostly by improvising through the difficult spots and it is my profound conviction that ALL specialists should sit around the biggest table on planet earth to discuss how to teach languages (I am talking subject matter specialists, linguists, applied or not, teachers from all strata and learners of course!). 

Also, I am a regular chatterbox, but you must have figured this out by now!

At 8:06am on September 27, 2010, Isil Boy said…
Thanks, Graham. I know :-) Good to see you too, and congrats on your great Ning network!
At 10:00pm on June 2, 2010, Li Jin said…
sorry, I just saw your message. I am an assistant professor in Chinese. I have interest in technology-enhanced Chinese language teaching and learning.
At 6:10am on May 21, 2010, Wen Jun said…
tks, Graham
I've started my experience in SL since yesterday, and I've met people who share the same interests with me about the foreign language teaching in the virtual world. Hope to see u soon there.
At 4:14am on April 29, 2010, Beatriz Lupiano said…
Hi Graham,

Karelia was actually the first person I made contact with in SL at the IATEFL LT-SIG PCE. She helped me a lot and introduced me to her Italian group (where Heike happens to be too!) SL is full of wonderful coincidences :-)

I didn't Know Karelia's name in RL -many thanks for the link to her video. The role-play I joined was actually in part the research of another teacher (Pionia/Doris) who gave a presentation at the VRT conference. I got in touch with her because I'd missed the session and she introduced me to the Artstonia RP organizers -I never thought SL offered so much to teachers! At the moment my head is buzzing with ideas but I'm waiting for them to settle down a bit.

I also really enjoy SL non-professionally.

At 12:22am on April 25, 2010, Beatriz Lupiano said…
Hi Graham,

Thanks for your comment! (for some reason it appeared on Heike's wall so I've only just seen it) -I'd love to meet Flopsy and you. The blue outfit in the photo is to die for...

And now I've become an Artstoria Wanderer as well in a medieval role-play in SL (I think that makes 3 lives?).

I hope you enjoyed the vrt conference as much as I did. Look forward to more meetings and discussions and to meeting Flopsy
At 12:28pm on December 26, 2009, Marisa Constantinides gave Graham Davies a gift
Here is to making friends online and offline! Thank you for your friendship, Graham.
At 5:42am on December 21, 2009, Graham Davies said…
Yes, Akeya, you have to pay to join EUROCALL or CALICO. You can become an individual member or you university can join. Details here:



At 5:10am on December 21, 2009, Akeya Zeleke said…
Dear Graham

Thank you very much for your exciting and prompt response. I am glad to be in this network.

I have some questions? How can i be a member of an existing associations of CALL? Do i have to pay? what are the criteria?

At 10:17am on December 18, 2009, Akeya Zeleke said…
Dear Graham

I am working in the Multimedia Language Lab as Technical Assistant and in the eTeaching programs as Multimedia Instructional Designer.

We are on the progress of transforming Adama University to meet international standards. Actually its very challenging but I believe we can make it and still we are doing it as well. For further development we need experts support like you. Here it is the the link of the university president webpage and the objective of the university.

I really appreciate contacting me and emailing me and i have a great respect for you. In Ethiopia we have a tradition of respecting elders and give priority to them but mine is special.

Thank you very much

At 10:00am on December 18, 2009, Akeya Zeleke said…
Thank you for your replay and its really a great social network.

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