Learning a Second Language in Three Dimensions: Potential Benefits and the Evidence So Far

Klaus Schwienhorst


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

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