Mundos virtuales en la enseñanza de lenguas: hacia un aprendizaje significativo a través de la interacción, la acción y el juego [Virtual Worlds in Language Education: Towards Meaningful Learning through Interaction, Action and Play]
Comunicación Mediada por Tecnologías - Aprendizaje y Enseñanza de la Lengua Extranjera - Marta González-Lloret
Kristi Jauregi Ondarra [+]
Kristi Jauregi is Associate Professor and researcher at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her main area of research is computer-assisted language learning (CALL), particularly telecollaboration through synchronous tools. She has started and coordinated several innovation projects (NIFLAR and TILA) and has participated in the Euroversity project, all financed by the European Commission.
Silvia Canto [+]
Silvia Canto is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on telecollaborative tools, specially video-communication and virtual worlds, in language learning programs. She has participated in European projects such as NIFLAR, Euroversity, and TILA, and her work at these projects has been published in several academic journals and book chapters.
In a highly digitized society, as the present one, the use of technology is available to all and is gradually permeating the education sector. In this continuous development of digital innovation, three-dimensional virtual worlds appear to offer excellent opportunities to enrich foreign language teaching through play, action and interaction beyond the walls of the classroom. In this chapter we propose to unravel those aspects that make virtual worlds a motivating environment, low in anxiety and rich in learning opportunities, and we offer pedagogical guidelines for their integration in the curriculum of foreign languages.