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Thursday, October 6 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
WoW! It's Immersive: Designing Language Learning Experiences in World of Warcraft

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When we seek opportunities to leverage existing digital spaces and communities, we open up the possibility for constructing new curricular structures. Project V-LIFe (Virtual Language Immersion in Foreign LanguagEs) is part of the Multidisciplinary Design Program at the University of California, Irvine. This interdisciplinary project utilizes the immersive language environment afforded by foreign-language servers of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft (WoW). Leveraging this immersive setting, custom in-game tasks enable second language (L2) learners to negotiate meaning in real time by engaging with the L2 and making themselves understood in culturally appropriate ways. This pedagogical strategy provides access to areas of communication and cultural competency not feasible in traditional classrooms. During the initial 1-week pilot of our ongoing project, students participated in researcher-designed quests intended to facilitate  communication (reading, writing, listening, speaking). Additionally, in scaffolded debriefing sessions students were given the opportunity to explore the confines inherent in their own cultural frames as well as notions of the ‘real’ German-speaking world. In this presentation we will share challenges and benefits we encountered in designing “learning quests” for use within a platform developed without L2 outcomes in mind. Successful strategies are highlighted which leverage the native game design and storyline to embolden L2 use with native speakers on an individual, collaborative, learner-learner and learner-native speaker basis.

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Kierstin H Brehm

German Studies, Graduate Student, UC Irvine

Thursday October 6, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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