ESL 2.0- Virtual Worlds for L2 Learning!

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How many virtual worlds

are out there?

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Here is a short review of some of

the most popular Role Playing

Games (RPG’s) and how they can

be used for educational purposes.

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WWW.HANDIPOINTS.COM- and personal management. Task and chores lists to be followed and completed online

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Possible lessons: Verbs, counting, commands, feedback, management, and lessons on the time.

WWW.LOLASLAND.COM–  Girls (8-12) will enjoy Lola guiding them through her world, and help you build your!

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Possible lessons: Apply descriptions, steps to the process, colors, shapes, parts of the house, parts of the body, greetings, introductions.

WWW.VIZWOZ.COM– Great engagement game for ESL/EFL. Create characters and avatars, invite friends, and challenge characters for “money.”

vizwozPossible lessons: Descriptions of self,  items of clothing, parts of the worlds, LingTECHlingo (command vocabulary), and introductions/greetings. It is also FREE!

WWW.WHIRLED.COM– Pronounced “world” for “whirled” it is an avatar-based RPG where you “start off as a piece of tofu” and then move on to make a world of your own.

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Possible lessons: Commands, parts of the house, greetings and salutations, descriptions of self, computer basic terminology, colors, shapes, sizes, and names of odd objects not taught in textbooks.

www.smallworlds.com-Similar to Second Life, Smallworlds will allow students to RP and create avatars as well. I find smallworlds.com to be a bit easier to follow than Second Life.

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Possible lessons: Commands, parts of the house, greetings and salutations, descriptions of self, computer basic terminology, colors, shapes, sizes, and names of odd objects not taught in textbooks, basic dialogue, “what do you like?”, sports, hobbies, and urban terms.

www.ourworld.com– This RPG looks like a manga or anime virtual world where dialogue can be added on speech bubbles. It has upgradable options for challenges, and (like Second Life and Smallworld) it is based on 2D avatars.

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www.cartoondollemporium.com– A dress up game for tweens (and adults young at heart) this game is a great opportunity to keep focus through sustained attention while directly targeting vocabulary for dressing up, parts of the face, grooming, and much more!

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www.clubpenguin.com – This avatar-based site saves you the trouble of having to “dress up” too much as all the characters are, well, penguins. I know this is definately kid-approve, since I have found myself kindly asking small users to QUIT or ELSE. 🙂

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Possible lessons: Commands, parts of the house, greetings and salutations, descriptions of self, computer basic terminology,  basic dialogue, sports, hobbies and animal names.


www.whyville.com
–  Whyville is directed towards the 8-12 (Middle school, Upper Elem) population. It is a game which, like Second Life, has received reviews and research-based reasons why it is educational.

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Possible lessons: Application of LingTECHlingo, parts of the body,  greetings and salutations, descriptions of self, computer basic terminology,  basic dialogue, sports, hobbies, and common expressions.

www.woogiworld.com– This is another tween social network based out of a 2D platform, and it is free. The good thing about Woogi is that you can play instantly.  Similarly to the reviewed sites, you can learn dialogue, invite friends, and practice basic vocabulary in English.

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Reference help desk:

CLICK HERE FOR AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON Recent Research  in Virtual Worlds and Computer-based learning for education.

Research Articles on using  SECOND LIFE in the classroom

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2009 Conference

Classroom 2.0 Virtual Worlds discussion

If you would like to add to this discussion, please leave a message in the reply box.

In ligt,

HerAppleness


4 Comments

  1. I’ve only known of a few websites(virtual worlds), mostly club penguin, that are kid friendly. This page, a extremely nice one at that, shows just how many more there really are. On top of that Her Appleness shows the creative ways these sites can help develop and enhance language and learning capabilities.

  2. Brilliant …… Thanks for sharing.
    The kids will love these sites and I will feel better about them learning while playing.

  3. It’s great to have access to so many of these games on one site. It’s so hard to search for them on google, (because I can’t think of what I’m really searching for!!)

    I’ve never thought much about using these games to teach language but they seem so useful as instead of talking to someone in a simple chatroom with no visual aids, you have a virtual world to talk about!
    I must have a look at implementing this into a lesson !

  4. I had no idea there were that many games available for learning purposes. What a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!

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