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Using ‘second life’ to develop EFL students’ language learning: opportunities and challenges

Hassan, Riad F. and Dzakiria, Hisham and M Idrus, Rozhan (2015) Using ‘second life’ to develop EFL students’ language learning: opportunities and challenges. In: 1st Global Conference on Technology in Language Learning (GLIT2015), 8 - 9th June 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Within the related language teaching and learning, various terms have been assigned to Virtual Worlds and similar environments. One of these terms is Second Life.Learning English for EFL learners have been always challenging task.Second Life is a phenomenon raising interest many educators around the world, with many educational and institutions experimenting and offering classes in Second Life for enhancing their students language skills due to its immersive and interactive environment.Its interactive interfaces provide students with realistic experiences and simulated everyday situation in 3D virtual worlds for more authentic and physical practice, students’ awareness of the target culture, knowledge construction and learning.On the other hand, its drawbacks can be categorized as financial, technical and user-related once. This paper offers a broad vision of potential benefits and challenges associated with using Second Life as educational tool develop students’ language learning.It provides a definition of Second Life as well as demonstrates the affordances that Second Life offers for language learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: e-ISBN 978-967-0792-03-3 Organized by
Uncontrolled Keywords: Second Life; English as a Foreign Language; Virtual Worlds; Computer Assisted Language Learning CALL.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: School of Education & Modern Languages
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Hisham Dzakiria
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2016 12:55
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2016 12:55

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