Languagelab.com and request for volunteer teachers
- Dear all,
(sorry for cross posting)
This message is about seeking volunteer teachers and facilitators for
languagelab.com. Read on if interested.
Some of you may be aware of Languagelab.com (www.languagelab.com) as a
nascent language learning company in Second Life.
Some of you may have registered on the site already - apologies for
the delay in getting back to you.
My name is Paul Sweeney and I have worked in English Language Teaching
(ELT) for 20 years, the last 10 of which in the area of learning
technologies. A large part of my career was spent with British Council
and I was fortunate enough to be able to work on a variety of Learning
technology related projects: teacher training; setting up blended
courses; designing and delivering virtual English courses; designing
and supporting communities for teachers and
learners; designing and implementing projects around what
supplementary services learners want *around* rather than *instead of*
classroom learning; devising on where technology is really going to
solve an educational problem as opposed to being a nice potential
solution if only it
could find a problem to justify its existance ;-)
Another way of saying the above is I have had the opportunity to make
more mistakes than most but have hopefully learnt not to
(knowingly) repeat them.
Last month I started working for Languagelab as Director Education.
A teaching / learning philosophy of Languagelab.com might run
something like this:
We think that language learning and teaching in SL is perfectly
possible (of course). Where we aim to formally teach, our initial
approach involves identifying elements of good communicative practice
in the ELT / ESOL classroom and transferring them into voice enabled
SL. This probably won't happen in recreated virtual classrooms though
- good as some of the experiences can be in classrooms, most ELT /ESOL
teachers spend a fair amount of time trying to transcend the walls and
relate to real life so we don't see much point recreating them.
Learning languages in SL should revolve around the principle that SL
is a social space and Languagelab will facilitate that through helping
people relate to one another in their target language, informally,
through structured events as well as in 'classes'.
In the medium term we would like to work with people to build
educational SL tools and resources which support the learning of a
variety of languages. We will also be putting out a call for people
with an aptitude for developing course materials.
In the short term (over the next 3 months) we are interested in
working with people to
- trial courses we have written
- host events (speed greeting, karaoke, quiz shows, the 'Desperate
Housewives hour', the Murder Mystery)
- facilite communication in the restaurants, bars and leisure areas of
Until September Languagelab will be free to learners as we try out our
courses and social events with them.
We are looking for a core number of teachers- I assume most on this
list share a communicative language teaching background - who would
like to collaborate for a few hours per week. We won't be making any
money of this but will be putting other resources at your disposal and
think will be a serious learning experience for all involved.
If you wish to bring your own students then all the better - you can
explore the facilities with them and we will boost the numbers of
Please get back to me personally if you would like further information.
46 Manchester Street
London W1U 7LS
sl: Head Teacher
e : paul@...
t : +44 (0)2074875831 (DL)
+44 (0)2074875801 ext. 20