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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Second Life for Foreign Language Learners

Forbes article - How To Spark Remote Learning

With the increase in skype for doing Video Conferencing and live chat, I don't see the advantage of teaching a foreign language using Second Life. With video conferencing, it also helps you with the facial gestures that are so important. And from what I can tell, Second Life is mostly text based (I may be wrong on this). I heard a presentation on second life about six months ago by a person who had a business associated with pushing new media.

Discusses how some people are learning English using second life. I wonder if in the future this will be used for teaching other foreign languages.

What the article does not mention is that Second Life has been overhyped. For businesses from what I can tell Second Life is not a good investment at this time.

What second life does, as with other sites, is give a free method for practicing English. With a dedicated teacher I am sure payment will be needed.


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