vLanguages Annual Symposium
Language and Culture in Virtual Worlds
(formerly known as SLanguages)
Organized by an international committee
of language educators based on EduNation in Second Life
SLanguages Annual Symposium was founded by Gavin Dudeney of The Consultants-E in 2007 and in 2010 was taken over by a committee, lead by Gary Motteram of the University of Manchester.
It is the only conference on language learning in virtual worlds and show-cases language learning in Second Life and other immersive 3D environment such as Open Sim, World of Warcraft etc.
It is a ‘magical’ conference that goes way beyond traditional conference presentations.
Tours, workshops, demo lessons, performances and theatre plays were all part of the past conferences.
All of the sessions take place in the immersive 3D environment and are screen shared with Adobe Connect to provide ‘a virtual window’ to a ‘virtual world’.
SLanguages Annual Symposium is certainly a team effort.
Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi], let’s talk online sprl, Belgium
Edith Paillat [Cyber Placebo], Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Randall Sadler [Randall Renoir], University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, USA
Carol Rainbow [Carolrb Roux], Teacher trainer in ICT, UK
Dr. Doris Molero [Pionia Destiny], Venezuela
Helen Myers [Karelia Kondor], ALL Association of Language Learning
Carmela Dell’Aria [Misy Ferraris], University of Palermo, Italy
Maria Sol Cordovez Noboa [Losairam Pelliot], Sol Siglo 21, Ecuador
Barbara McQueen [Barbara Novelli], SLESL, USA
Dennis Newson [Osnacantab Nesterov], IATEFL YLSIG
Marc Meier-Maletz [Marius Madrigal], French-German teacher, France
Marisa Constantinides [Marisoll Orellana], CELT Athens, Greece,
Lynne Hand [YT Upsilon], Learn English Network Ltd, Germany
So far SLanguages has seen more than 4000 recording views and ..
*we sadly lost some visitor counters for SLanguages 2011 when the temporary island for the conference disappeared the day after the conference, this figure might be 100-150 avatars higher because it was the main conference sim and many sessions took place there
|The SLanguages Annual Symposium is unique because …
The first 3 SLanguages conferences were conducted by Gavin Dudeney and the recordings are listed on the slanguages.net homepage.
The conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2012 saw a combined total of …
- 174 guest speakers presenting and conducting workshops
- 119 hours of program and recordings with about 4,000 recording views
- for more than 1356 unique visitors and 753 signed up members on the community site in more than 95 countries
- language experts met in 11 panel discussions discussing and elaborating on research, social media, teacher training and much more
- 3 unconferences as an open session which is led by participants’ topics
- 47 ‘show & tell’ presentations of products and services for language teachers
- 28 tours to various sites all over Second Life and World of Warcraft
- an innovative virtual simulcast, bridging Second Life with virtual classroom technology
- 2 poster exhibition in Second Life
- our famous party at the end of the conference
Previous conference programs are as follows…
To date, the conference is free of charge and relies on sponsorship and voluntary donations. Your contribution may help to sustain this learning experience for language educators.
Guest speakers included amongst others …
Aldous Snow [Aldous Snow], graphics designer, UK
Akemi Mochizuki [Draceina Pinion], Japan
Amy K. Wehner [Katarina Camino], University of South Florida, USA
Antonella Berriolo [Anna Begonia], Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain
Babara Hoskins Sakamoto [Lynn Carlucci], Japan
Belma Gaukrodger [KiwiBelma], NMIT, New Zealand
Carmela Dell’Aria [Misy Ferraris], Italy
Caliburn Susanto [Caliburn Susanto], photographer, USA
Carol Rainbow [Carolrb Roux], UK
Charlie Navarathna [Charlie Navarathna], Puget Sound Video, USA
Chris Smith [Shamblesguru Voom], Thailand
(late) Chris Surridge [Christopher Flow], Korea
Curea Leiner [Curea Leiner], Japanese dance performances, Japan
Dr. Cynthia Calongne [Lyr Lobo], Colorado Technical University, USA
David Richardson [Davidric Rinkitink], Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Deborah Corder [Deborah Corder], Auckland University of Technology, Australia
Dennis Newson [Osnacantab Nesterov], Germany
Dr. Doris Molero [Pionia Destiny], Rafael Belloso Chacin University (URBE),Venezuela
Edith Paillat [Cyber Placebo], Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Elena Quintarelli, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Emma Corbett-Ashby, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Eugenia Calderon [Eugenia Calderon], Instituto Espanol in Second Life, Mexico
Fidel Devkoto, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Gary Motteram [Gwared Morgwain], University of Manchester, UK
Gavin Dudeney [Dudeney Ge], The Consultants-E, Barcelona
(late) Graham Davies [Groovy Winkler], EuroCALL, UK
Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart [Yvonne Handrick], Talkademy, Austria
Gloria Gomez-Diago [gloriagdiago Galicia], Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain
Graham Stanley [Baldric Commons], British Council, Spain
Harold Jacobsen [Galdi], museum curator, USA
Harter Fall [Harter Fall], artist, Germany
Hanna Outakoski, Umeå university Department of language studies,Sweden
Hajnalka Beck [Dorka Nemeth], University of Göttingen, Germany
Hayo Reinders [Hayo Reinders], Innovation in teaching, UK
Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi], LANCELOT School GmbH, Germany
Iffaf Khan [Iffaf Ling], languagelab, UK
Inge Knudsen [Inge Qunhua], MIL (collaborating 4 universities), Denmark
James T. Abraham [Calisto Encinal], Glendale Community College, USA
Joe Pereira [Creed Juran], British Council, Portugal
Julian Cheng [UnicornG Luminos], University of Maryland, USA
Juliana Luna Freire [Kahlo], University of Arizona, USA
Jay Jay Jegatheson [Jay Jay Zifanwe], University of Western Australia, Australia
Kalyan Chattopadhyay [Kalyan Horatio], University of Calcutta, India
Kip Boahn [Kip Yellowjacket], Virtlantis, Austria
Klaus Hammermüller [Claudio Whalen], Talkademy, Austria
Lesley Scopes [Light Sequent], Archi21, UK
Lidia Rossner, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Luisa Panichi [Jole Zhong], University of Pisa, Italy
Manizhe Ali, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Maja Pivec [Maja Yazimoto] University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM, Austria
Dr. Malcolm Alan Compitello [moneo], University of Arizona, USA
Manuel Vuelta [Profesor Korobase] Spain
Marisa Constanides [Marisolde Orellana], CELT Athens, Greece
Mats Deutschmann [Mats Teichmann] Umeå University, Sweden.
Mike McKay [Professor Merryman], Cypris Chat, Japan
Nahir Aparicio [Nahiram Vaniva], La Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL), Caracas
Nergiz Kern [Daffodil Fargis], Turkey
Paul Preibisch [Fire Centaur] Sloodle, Japan
Paula Ferreira da Silva [Morgaine Mayo], PhD candidate at the University of Extremadura, Spain.
Peta Bowker [Gizmo Latte] Dorset Adult Education, UK
Randall Sadler [Randall Renoir] University of Illinois, USA.
Santiago Domínguez Noriega Phd student at the University of Extremadura, Spain.
Scott Grant [Xilin Yifu] Monash University, Australia
Scott Thornbury [Olivetti Oh] New School, New York, Spain
Sedat Akayoglu [Sedat Usher] Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
Shiv Rajendran [Kingsbury Yeats] Languagelab.com, UK
Stylianos Mystakidis [Stylianos Ling], Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Thomas John, student at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Tobias Becker M.A. [Jazmin Orfan] Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Ton Koenraad [Koen Antonioni] Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Dr. Undine Froemming [Augenblick Winkler],Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Wilson Voight [Wilson Voight], Instituto Espanol in Second Life, Mexico
Zeynep Onat-Stelma [Zeon Panthar], University of Manchester, UK
Companies and organizations are invited to support the 6th SLanguages Annual Symposium on language learning in virtual worlds.
Why sponsor a web conference in Second Life?
Sponsorship of a web conference focused on language learning in virtual worlds will raise your profile to key international professionals and institutions across the globe.
Conference presentations feature language acquisition using virtual worlds, serious games, social media, sloodle, online teaching resources, research and other related fields.
SLanguages is being livestreamed throughout using Adobe Connect and Livestream, allowing attendees without an avatar can to watch on whilst others in Second Life enjoy the immersive experience.
All of the sessions are being recorded and there is a long tail of educators watching the recordings. Some 4000 recording views testify to this fact.
Social media activities are high and many of the committee members are well established on twitter, facebook and other social media. There are some 753members signed up on the community of AVALON, many with an academic background and high interest in language learning in virtual worlds.
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