Second language learning in a virtual world: A study of a trans-national collaborative language learning experiences

ID: 38637 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Li-Tang Yu, Jayoung Song, and Paul Resta, University of Texas, Austin, United States
  2. Fu-Yuan Chiu, National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan
  3. Jongduk Jang, Kyungpook National University, Korea (South)

Wednesday, March 27 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Location: Grand Couteau View on map

Presider: Cliff Zintgraff, University of North Texas, United States

Abstract: The present study aims to investigate the effectiveness of using virtual world, Second Life, as a platform for foreign language learning. Among the many benefits that virtual worlds can offer, we are interested in the effects of undertaking communicative tasks in a virtual world setting on students’ affective variables and its effects on improving oral proficiency in their foreign languages. A total of 94 university students in Taiwan (n=48) and Korea (N=46) participated in the study and worked in small groups to carry out collaborative speaking activities in Second Life in Fall 2012 semester. The findings from this research will provide pedagogical implications for language practitioners who would like to incorporate virtual worlds in their language curriculum. In addition, the findings will contribute to future studies regarding the use of virtual worlds and its effect on foreign language learning.


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