The integration of Second Life into CFL teaching and learning

Sarah Hsueh Jui Liu, Yu Ju Lan, Tsun Ju Lin, Yu Ping Wang, Nian Shing Chen

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    Abstract

    In the past a few years, technology has made it feasible to use virtual worlds to enhance second or foreign language learning. The objective of this paper is twofold: first, to explain how the teaching of Chinese as a Foreign language was implemented in such a virtual environment in relation to teaching approaches in a second/foreign language, such as the task-based approach, and the language activities, tools, and resources in Second Life; and second, to illustrate the effects of such virtual pedagogy on English speakers as novice learners of Chinese at a tertiary level in Australia. The preliminary results derived from the pre- and post-test and online survey questionnaires show that virtual worlds like Second Life have a great potential not only to improve the knowledge of Chinese but also to increase learners' levels of interest in learning the language. All in all, this small-scale study proved that it is possible to implement in a virtual classroom the strategies used in L2/FL teaching in conventional face-to-face settings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorkshop Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012
    PublisherNational Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
    Pages650-654
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012 - Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 2012 Nov 262012 Nov 30

    Other

    Other20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012
    CountrySingapore
    CitySingapore
    Period12/11/2612/11/30

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    Teaching
    learning
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    online survey
    Virtual reality
    classroom
    questionnaire
    resources

    Keywords

    • Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL)
    • Second Life
    • Second/Foreign language (L2/FL)
    • Virtual worlds

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
    • Education

    Cite this

    Liu, S. H. J., Lan, Y. J., Lin, T. J., Wang, Y. P., & Chen, N. S. (2012). The integration of Second Life into CFL teaching and learning. In Workshop Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012 (pp. 650-654). National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

    The integration of Second Life into CFL teaching and learning. / Liu, Sarah Hsueh Jui; Lan, Yu Ju; Lin, Tsun Ju; Wang, Yu Ping; Chen, Nian Shing.

    Workshop Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 2012. p. 650-654.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Liu, SHJ, Lan, YJ, Lin, TJ, Wang, YP & Chen, NS 2012, The integration of Second Life into CFL teaching and learning. in Workshop Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, pp. 650-654, 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012, Singapore, Singapore, 12/11/26.
    Liu SHJ, Lan YJ, Lin TJ, Wang YP, Chen NS. The integration of Second Life into CFL teaching and learning. In Workshop Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. 2012. p. 650-654
    Liu, Sarah Hsueh Jui ; Lan, Yu Ju ; Lin, Tsun Ju ; Wang, Yu Ping ; Chen, Nian Shing. / The integration of Second Life into CFL teaching and learning. Workshop Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 2012. pp. 650-654
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