Recording (29min) – only first half an hour – then http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/p3sv3xt45ef/
3D virtual environments truly provide fascinating opportunities for experiential (Kolb) and situated learning (Wenger & Lave) through immersive simulations. These approaches are notably pertinent within a communicative pedagogical framework. These environments support three essential pillars for second language acquisition: immersion (location), interaction (objects and people) and socialisation (communities of practice, interest groups etc.)
Arcachon Atlantique truly represents a real life resort located in the South West of France, the high level of details with which the environment was built originally give opportunities for cultural awareness in authentic situations.
Come and join us for an exciting tour in the South-West of France and hear about the current development of the Virtual Institute of French‘s language and teacher training programmes in French FL.
Learn French in Arcachon – sample (A1): here
Bio Dominique Tixier [Claire Pascale]:
Owner of Capvert.com, consultancy agency on ICT. More than 20 years experience in project management related to ICT, created and deployed Cyber point at the Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Developed and implemented web.tv for acuite.tv. For the last 5 years on Second Life, Claire Pascale has been involved in the organisation and management of serious gaming and is currently working on making Arcachon the ideal place to learn and practise French as a Foreign Language.
Bio Edith Paillat
Cyber Placebo aka Edith Paillat is the language technology specialist at Victoria University of Wellington. Her role is to find solutions for the integration of technology in the teaching of 12 languages taught at Victoria. She provides support and hands-on training to teaching staff and students using the computer language labs she implemented in 2005 and 2008 consecutively. She is also an experienced teacher and teacher of French as a foreign language. She has taught in Vietnam, England, Japan and New Zealand since 1992 and took up her current role in 2002.