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Virtual Round Table Conference

April 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The Virtual Round Table Conference is an annual web conference for language learning technologies that is taking place on 20-22 April 2012 as a free web conference.

You can actively participate submitting as guest speaker by 1 April filling in the form at the “submission” area in the website. Visit the community and participate!

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Glossa EU project: free online Greek courses

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

The EU project GLOSSA (LifeLong Learning Program KA2 – Languages ) organizes free Greek language online courses (C1 and C2 levels) that will start in November 2011.
Project partners are the following institutions:

  • Action Synergy S.A. (Greece) – Coordinator of the project
  • Hellenic Culture Centre – Κέντρο Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού (Greece)
  • 12classes Greek School of Hungary (Hungary)
  • Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Madrid – Public Language School of Madrid (Spain)
  • Centro Ellenico di Cultura- Ellenic Centre of Culture (Italy)
  • Recherche et Formation Marie Haps asbl (Belgium)
  • Consulting Balear de Programacion (Spain)
  • Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
  • Kindersite Project Ltd (United Kingdom)

From the 1st of August 2011 till the 31st of October 2011 , applicants can register for free  registering through the following form.

An e-mail will be sent to all registered users providing a username and a password which will be used to do a preliminary language test to check the level needed to follow the online courses.

If you have questions you can contact the project team at: euprograms@action.gr.You will also find more detailed information about the project on the website at: http://www.ellinikiglossa.eu (available in Greek and other languages).

Interactive Whiteboard Language Lessons

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment


IWB Language Lesson is a site that provides several lessons to be used with the support of an IWB and that can be purchased at a low price. You can have a look to a .pdf description of the chosen lesson before buying it.
Currently there’s the chance to have Spanish Smart Board lessons and ELL Smart Board lessons.
To have a closer look and more detailed information you can acces the website where all the features of those educational products are listed carefully.

Follow the link: http://iwblanguagelessons.com/

Metaversos 2011: workshop in Second Life about language educational tools

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

At the Palacio de Congresos (Ibiza, Spain) the “III Congreso sobre Metaversos, Web 3D y Redes Sociales en Mundos Virtuales“ took place the days 28-29 April also providing an international audience to participate through a streaming video connection. Whitin the conference a worshop was organized and run by Akemi Mochizuki and Gloria Gómez- Diago.
Akemi Mochizuki is a math teacher and has designed and created in Second Life a set of educational tools aimed at language acquisition. More details on her activities are available in her blog : http://dracy-drawing-tool.blogspot.com/.
Gloria Gómez- Diago is a PhD candidate in Communication fond of virtual worlds and social dynamics, she also uses her blog to track her research interests: http://fromcommunication.blogspot.com/.
During the workshop 4 different tools were described:

  • Word Puzzle Balls: the tool lets the teacher register a set of structured sentences and asks the students to put in the proper order the words in the sentence that have been put in a scrambled order. Each word is represented by a ball that has to be touched and numbered; the student can play the game by himself since the systems gives a feedback saying if the sentence is properly set or not;

  •  Word Games: a system that consists of different games (word/visual matching; memory etc) and provides different levels of difficulty that are set through a menu accessible on the screen of the client; the games offers a visual input and a audio input as well, students can listen to a word, read it and math it with the related visual;
  • Crosswords: it’s made of two panels, the “making panel” where the teacher can work and set the puzzle and the board where the student will play.

During the workshops the participants could take active part in the games’ playing procedures and were offered notecards with instructions and reference landmarks. Along with the language tools it was introduced the Brainflowing tool, an educational board used to collect ideas and notes during meetings in Second LifeGloria Gomez-Diago has widely and clearly described the tool in the following article: Brainflowing, virtual/physical space and the flow of communication: An explanatory approach to the metaverse through a tool designed for brainstorming.

All the tools are available in a virtual shop in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zerelia/235/111/74

Electronic village online: 2011 sessions

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The 2011 EVO sessions will start on January 10 for a total duration of 5 intensive weeks, you are still in time to register!

A complete description of the available online free courses is given in the following wiki, where you can find the list of sessions, the names of the moderators and a link to the specific sessions with the weekly content.

Hurry up if you are interested in participating!

Nergiz Kern interviewed by Tara Benwell for TEFL.net

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

TEFL.net is a website dedicated to ESL teachers and staff and it is written mainly in British English.

TEFL.net is part of the EnglishClub.com community and is designed exclusively for teachers.

In the section “guest” you can find several interesting interviews such as the one here proposed: Tara Benwell interviewed Nergiz Kern about teaching English in the virtual world Second Life.

Speaking about the opportunities made available for a language teacher Nergiz said:

There are some things you can do in SL that are difficult, impracticable or too expensive to do in RL, such as changing appearance quickly, which can make it more interesting to talk about appearance and is not limited to what the learners are wearing in class. Instead of looking at pictures of let’s say the Seven World Wonders, learners and the teacher can visit them together, climb up the pyramids or walk into a tomb to discover its secrets, visit different countries, museums, galleries, shops, take snapshots or buy stuff and bring them back to class to talk about them. Instead of imagining being in a room looking at a picture, learners can walk into and around a room, interact with the objects, for example: sit on a couch, watch a film, grab a cup of coffee, move the furniture, redecorate the house, and describe what they are doing. You can also drag all kinds of “realia” out of your pocket (inventory) whenever you need something–even whole planes, cars and houses or unusual objects that not every teacher has at home to bring to class. You can change their colour, texture, size, etc to elicit certain language. You can meet people from all around the world and work on projects with them for almost no cost at all. SL also offers multiple communication channels making it possible to give feedback to students without putting them on the spot or interrupting their presentation.

You can read the complete interview in the TEFL.net website.

Learning English in an unusual way

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Do you want to take part to a very motivating English class? a quite interesting approach has been activated byDr. Doris Molero (Pionia Destiny in SL), Nika Beck (Dorka Nemeth in SL) and Heike Phillip (Gwen Gwasi in SL). the three Professors organized a Medieval role play to teach English in  the sim Artstonia in the virtual world Second Life(village: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Artstonia/217/117/127, Romeo and Juliet Castle: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seanrath/150/203/23) and you can read both the course description and lessons plan in their dedicated blog Learning English in a Medieval World.

The first lesson was about greetings and intros, click on the thumbnail for the presentation!