Virtual Worlds for Language Learning: From Theory to Practice by Randall SadlerVirtual Worlds for Language Learning: From Theory to Practice by Randall Sadler

Virtual Worlds for Language Learning: From Theory to Practice

byRandall Sadler

Paperback | June 18, 2012

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This book focuses on one area in the field of Computer-Mediated Communication that has recently exploded in popularity – Virtual Worlds. Virtual Worlds are online multiplayer three-dimensional environments where avatars represent their real world counterparts. In particular, this text explores the potential for these environments to be used for language learning and telecollaboration. After providing an introduction and history of the area, this volume examines learning theories – both old and new – that apply to the use of Virtual Worlds and language learning. The book also examines some of the most popular Virtual Worlds currently available, including a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of each. The Virtual World of Second Life is explored in depth, including research examining how users of this world are using language there, and how they are using it to enhance their second language skills.
Randall Sadler is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches courses on CMC and Language Learning (CMCLL), Virtual Worlds and Language Learning (VWLL) and Teaching of L2 Reading and Writing. His research focus covers these same areas. He is also the co-owner of the EduNatio...
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Title:Virtual Worlds for Language Learning: From Theory to PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034305737

ISBN - 13:9783034305730

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Table of Contents

Contents: Virtual Worlds – History of Virtual Worlds – Virtual Worlds and Language Learning Theory – Varieties of Virtual World Environments – Language Learning in Second Life.

Editorial Reviews

«I enjoyed reading this book and discovering general facts about virtual worlds. I would recommend it to a wide audience because it presents different topics and lends itself to a variety of uses.» (Cristina Oddone, British Journal of Educational Technology 44, 2013/6)