Learning a second language in three dimensions : Potential benefits and the evidence so far

Part of : Themes in science and technology education ; Vol.2, No.1-2, 2009, pages 153-163

When looking at virtual environments and language learning we can take our pick where to begin. Should it be technology or pedagogy? I will use the pedagogical concept of learner autonomy to approach virtual environments in different ways. First, there is a need to look at interaction and online interaction; second, reflection as an essential ingredient to learningprocesses; and third, experimentation as the freedom to play around with learning tools in a stress-reduced learning environment. All three have strong links to the way we understand virtual environments. I will finish with a quick look at current research projects involving a promising virtual environment, Second Life.
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