Creating machinima for learning languages provides teachers with a great opportunity to embed language in a context of use rather than present it to the learners only through audio – without the benefit of the images and the features of the context surrounding the language. For a machinima to be put to good use in class, some principles relating both to its creation and its use need to be taken into account. This presentation aims to explore some of the characteristics of machinima suited for the language classroom and some ideas for effective materials and lesson design. The same issues apply to the use of any video material, whether teacher created or not.
Marisa Constantinides [Marisolde Orellana] is a teacher educator/trainer from Athens, Greece. She runs CELT Athens, a centre offering a variety of TEFL training programmes, from TEFL and CELTA certificates to Cambridge DELTA courses. Marisa has a DipTEFLA and an M.A. in Applied Linguisitcs from the University of Reading (UK). She is a frequent conference speaker at conferences – IATEFL, TESOL France, as well as online conferences, such as the Virtual Round Table, Slanguages and RSCON. She joined Second Life in 2009 and has been a resident in Edunation since 2012. Marisa is a moderator/co-founder of the ELTon nominated weekly #ELTChat on Twitter which organises free professional development chats and maintains a blog full of resources. She helped in the moderation of MachinEVO 2012 and was moderator for Digikids EVO in 2013.