Monday, October 26, 2015

2015 EDU: STECH: Language learning in an immersive world. Maybe this is the way to do it.

Language learning in an immersive world.  
Maybe this is the way to do it.  
Spanish Language instruction on the Hypergrid.  College level course offered on a sim. The sim is actively used to teach a Spanish class at Glendale Community College in Arizona.  It is also open for use by anyone on the Hypergrid.  It may be used for self instruction, as an instructional environment for classes, as a source of ideas for other instructors of Spanish, or as a demonstration of methods for others seeking support for 3D language instruction
 
Arrival point 
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Escape is your destination for learning Spanish in the virtual world. Here you´ll find a rich, immersive 3D environment to ready to explore. With over 60 targeted vocabulary and grammar topics, Escape will lead you on the path to your Spanish educational goals.

Hypergrid address

  • Put the line below in your World Map, next to Find.  Click FindTP
  • login.digiworldz.com:8002:escape 
  • In digiworlds, use World Map to find Escape sim
  • Escape web site

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Metaverse events, current and upcoming

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    Metaverse beginner help


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    Each of the locations contains embedded activities designed to teach you grammar concepts and vocabulary, practice those concepts and vocabulary and finally test your comprehension. The activities include audio, text, video. Many of the activities are delivered through NPCs (non-playing characters/robot) that use artificial intelligence to move you through the concepts.
    Practice verbs at the cafe bar
    This immersive 3D environment transports students to Escape, a town in the Spanish-speaking world, that includes a plaza, cathedral, cultural pavilion, school, cafĂ©, bakery, clinic, transportation hub, bank, travel agency, pharmacy, dry cleaners, traditional house, amusement park, stores and a mysterious pyramid.
    Those people may talk 
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    A mysterious pyramid
    • You could put puzzles here.  In Spanish.
    • You could even let students come in and work together on the puzzles.
    • Help them learn conversational Spanish.  
    • YesButters:  You can't be sure they will speak Spanish.
    • Selby:  The tests are going to be in Spanish.
    See the color, learn its name
    • If you learn to associate the Spanish name for the color with the English name,
    • You are leaning to translate in your head.
    • If you want to think in Spanish, you must associate the Spanish name
    • with the world around you.
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    • You could give instructions in Spanish.
    • Since there is no real peligro here.
    • When you learned your first language, you learned to translate words into images.
    • You had to use it to talk about the world around you. 
    • Why not do it that way now?
    You can learn a lot from signs
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    • If you can understand them

    Each of the locations contains embedded activities designed to teach you grammar concepts and vocabulary, practice those concepts and vocabulary and finally test your comprehension. The activities include audio, text, video. Many of the activities are delivered through NPCs (non-playing characters/robot) that use artificial intelligence to move you through the concepts.
    Historical figures of Mexico
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    A newsstand offers good practice in reading
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    Language immersion, or simply immersion, is a method of teaching a second language in which the learners’ second language (L2) is the medium of classroom instruction. Through this method, learners study school subjects, such as math, science, and social studies, in their L2. The main purpose of this method is to foster bilingualism, in other words, to develop learners' communicative competence or language proficiency in their L2 in addition to their first or native language (L1). Additional goals are the cognitive advantages to bilingualism. (Wikipedia) 
    • Calisto Encinal's Place on the Web
    • James Abraham is Calisto Encinal in Second Life
    • The second life island is here:
    • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GCCAz/70/71/24
    • Look in the square for a post with a list of Spanish-related places in SL
    • You can practice Spanish on your own by chatting 
    • with some of the people in those places.  
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    • Names on the stores, contents will be added.  
    • Find the store that teaches the word "Shoe store"
    • Note that it will teach a concept.  
    • And you will probably be able to guess correctly when you see the word for "shoes"
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