A virtual chinese language class in second life: Lessons learnt from a two-month pilot study

Y. H. Kan, Y. J. Lan, Indy Y.T. Hsiao, Stephen J.H. Yang

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Abstract

Authentic context and active social interaction are two critical factors in the success of foreign language learning. Second life (SL) has been viewed as an attractive platform with potential for foreign language learning because of its virtual authentic real context. However, simply moving students to SL guarantee neither students' active involvement and rich interpersonal interaction nor effective learning outcome. In a two-month pilot study of Chinese learning and teaching in SL, analytical results indicate that there is still more needed to do in SL to help create a more active Chinese language learning environment for Chinese learning and teaching for global learners. While this pilot study focuses on teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language, the findings and suggestions are also relevant to understanding the related issues of other language.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationEnhancing and Sustaining New Knowledge Through the Use of Digital Technology in Education, ICCE 2010
Pages228-235
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Event18th International Conference on Computers in Education: Enhancing and Sustaining New Knowledge Through the Use of Digital Technology in Education, ICCE 2010 - Putrajaya, Malaysia
Duration: 2010 Nov 292010 Dec 3

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education: Enhancing and Sustaining New Knowledge Through the Use of Digital Technology in Education, ICCE 2010

Other

Other18th International Conference on Computers in Education: Enhancing and Sustaining New Knowledge Through the Use of Digital Technology in Education, ICCE 2010
CountryMalaysia
CityPutrajaya
Period10/11/2910/12/3

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Keywords

  • Chinese as a foreign language
  • Second life
  • Social interaction
  • Virtual authentic context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Kan, Y. H., Lan, Y. J., Hsiao, I. Y. T., & Yang, S. J. H. (2010). A virtual chinese language class in second life: Lessons learnt from a two-month pilot study. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education: Enhancing and Sustaining New Knowledge Through the Use of Digital Technology in Education, ICCE 2010 (pp. 228-235). (Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education: Enhancing and Sustaining New Knowledge Through the Use of Digital Technology in Education, ICCE 2010).