Friday, May 08, 2009

SLanguages 2009

This year's SLanguages conference promises to be the best ever - it starts later today at 20.00 Central European time and continues for the next 24 hours.

I'm excited to be speaking several times, first as part of the AVALON project, a European Union funded initiative, with 26 partners in 8 European countries. AVALON stands for Access to Virtual Learning live ONline, and our goal is to explore the potential for scenario-based language learning. This (tonight and then again tomorrow morning - see schedule for details) will be the first time we've spoken about it in public together - looking forward to it.

I'm also speaking as part of the panel discussion plenary on language teacher training in Second Life, with Nergiz Kern, Nick Noakes and Dennis Newson, although I think Dennis can't make it after all. We'll be talking about our experience organising the TESOL Electronic Village Online session on Virtual Worlds & Language Learning. The social network,, that was set up for the EVO session has now just under 3000 members, and the discussions and meetings have been continuing, even though the actual EVO session finished back in February.

Finally, on Saturday I'll be talking about the Virtual Tourism CLIL course I organised earlier this year in Second Life. I'll mention how it went, include references to what the students thought about it (collected here), and finish off by taking people on a short tour of some of the places the students had to visit.

If you're interested in innovative ways of language learning and teaching , be sure to check out the SLanguages conference - hope to see you there!


  1. Hi & sorry for contacting you this way. Just couldn't find your email.

    I've created a software that assists words memorization & provides a way to exchange dictionaries. You might find it useful. Available at

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  2. Thank you Alex.....I´ll try your software....

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  4. O'Mama9:52 pm

    You may be right that my blog looks like a copycat but it's for education, learning, studying, better one's career and life. Education should be "FREE" for everyone and it would be nice if everyone was WELL-EDUCATED and I guess people would make this blue planet a better place to live in, right?

    Some people were born to be rich and just learn to take.

    Someone like me was born to give and share even though I would get nothing in return and was blamed in the end!

  5. I don't doubt that education should be free, O'Mama, but I also believe that people have a right to earn money for the work that they do.

    Writing a coursebook or activity book for teachers takes a lot of work, and believe me, and most of the people who do this work usually do not earn much money for their efforts.

    Providing links to scanned coursebooks on your blog may seem to you like you're helping teachers or students, but it's at the expense of other teachers who have worked hard to write these materials.

    I also notice that you're asking people who visit your blog to donate money to you through Paypal too, so please don't play the role of the good samaritan - the way your blog is set up, it certainly looks like you're out to make some money from this.

    If you really felt education should be free, I don't think you'd be asking people to pay for the materials you have stolen from other people...