About SLanguages

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 …

  • it is a free conference in virtual worlds for language teaching professionals
  • it takes place in Second Life and is livestreamed with Adobe Connect so that language teaching professionals can attend without an avatar, installation, log-in nor any registration
  • it is solely dedicated to language teaching and learning in virtual worlds

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…

SLanguages 2011


SLanguages 2010


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

Jens Nerido,

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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