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

  1. Li-Tang Yu, University of Texas, Austin, Taiwan
  2. Jayoung Song, University of Texas, Austin, Korea (South)
  3. Paul Resta, University of Texas, Austin, United States
  4. Fu-Yuan Chiu, National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan
  5. Jongduk Jang, Kyungpook National University, Korea (South)
Wednesday, March 27 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Grand Couteau

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 ...