Virtual bodies speaking real languages: The use of the virtual world in the foreign language classroom

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Nova Science Publishers
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Chapter
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Virtual Worlds for Online Learning: Cases and Applications, 2015, pp. 25 - 39
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2015-01-01
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© 2015 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. In this chapter, I report on the findings of a study that investigated French and Japanese language learners in a three dimensional virtual world (Second Life). Observation of student participation in text chat and analysis of the student survey responses indicated that the 59 intermediate level participants were able to undertake a variety of tasks through target language interaction. Moreover, the findings in this chapter suggest that virtual worlds support traditional teaching pedagogies and redefine the way the human body negotiates meaning and space in the language classroom.
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