Ever since the early days of people writing about VWs for language learning there has been an emphasis on the “affordances” that VWs inherently provide for language learning and task-based learning. I take an historical look at a couple of different variations of concepts of affordances and then show some brief examples from video recordings I made of a couple of students during a lesson which illustrate successful and unsuccessful realisations of affordances I designed into the Chinese Island learning environment. My thinking on this is not complete yet, but presenting and getting feedback could help crystallise things a bit. Informal meeting with those interested in doing a thesis, phd or similar in virtual worlds.
Scott will also talk about a successful in obtaining Australian Federal Government funding for a project based on Chinese language learning in a virtual world environment. They haven’t formally started the project yet, but I could talk about the project, the reasoning behind the project and the goals.
Scott Grant [Xilin Yifu] is a graduate of Monash University with Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Translation Studies degrees. His PhD thesis on teaching language and culture in virtual worlds. The working title is “Getting Immersed in Chinese”.
Scott spent 8 years living, studying and working in China.
Scott has taught Chinese language and culture at tertiary level for more than ten years. He also taught translation for a number of years at post-graduate level and is a professionally qualified translator. Scott has developed a Chinese-themed virtual leaning environment in Second Life on Chinese Island at Monash University 2.