Event Title

Second Life as a Third Place for ELLs’ Cross-Cultural Interaction

Location

ED Annex 318

Start Date

7-3-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

7-3-2014 2:00 PM

Description

This presentation is an overview of ELLs’ perceptions and expectations of the effectiveness of virtual third places in Second Life for cross-cultural interaction and engagement. The central research question for this qualitative case study is how effective is virtual third place created in Second Life as a venue for ELLs cross-cultural interaction with native speakers? ELLs gathered with native speakers in Second Life to learn about the target language culture in a location that has Oldenburg’s characteristics of third place, which is neutral, leveler, plain, and conversation about cultural issues is the main activity in that place. Responses collected from participants’ interviews and reflection papers were the main source of data and will be discussed in this presentation. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of individuals’ perspectives of virtual third places for cross-cultural interaction followed by recommendations of how to create a viable third place that enhances cross-cultural engagement.

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Mar 7th, 1:00 PM Mar 7th, 2:00 PM

Second Life as a Third Place for ELLs’ Cross-Cultural Interaction

ED Annex 318

This presentation is an overview of ELLs’ perceptions and expectations of the effectiveness of virtual third places in Second Life for cross-cultural interaction and engagement. The central research question for this qualitative case study is how effective is virtual third place created in Second Life as a venue for ELLs cross-cultural interaction with native speakers? ELLs gathered with native speakers in Second Life to learn about the target language culture in a location that has Oldenburg’s characteristics of third place, which is neutral, leveler, plain, and conversation about cultural issues is the main activity in that place. Responses collected from participants’ interviews and reflection papers were the main source of data and will be discussed in this presentation. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of individuals’ perspectives of virtual third places for cross-cultural interaction followed by recommendations of how to create a viable third place that enhances cross-cultural engagement.