Sunday, February 21, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Monash University Virtually Enhanced Learning (VEL) Programme Task-based language, culture learning

Monash University Virtually Enhanced Learning (VEL) Programme  
Task-based language  culture learning
A brief introduction to the use of virtual worlds for task-based language and culture learning at Monash and the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching funded Virtually Enhanced Languages project.


The Virtually Enhanced Languages Project aims to promote the use of task-based language learning in combination with a 3D multiuser virtual environment to supplement and enhance the learning of Chinese language and culture. Funded by the Australian Federal Government Office for Learning and Teaching, the project builds on eight years of practical experience at tertiary introductory level implementing a range of authentic scenarios that simulate real-life tasks and facilitate purposeful communication and feedback. 
The project website ( provides a full range of ready-made shareable resources that any interested educator can download for free to try out for themselves or with their students. 

For general enquiries and technical assistance please feel free to contact Scott Grant in the Chinese Studies program at Monash University (scott.grant AT 



Chat bots

The chat engines are the “nerve centre” of the NPCs in terms of dialogue. They are small programs coded in LSL (Linden Scripting Language), which is has similar syntax to C.  The chat engines are embedded in the NPCs in the virtual environment and the dialogue content is copied from the Dialog Script Editors above into the relevant “lists” in the chat engine program.


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