How Second Life can help to learn a foreign language – upcoming lecture at DIT


26 September 2013: Susanna Nocchi, lecturer in Italian in the School of Languages, will deliver a lecture on how virtual worlds such as Second ‌ Life can help with foreign language learning.

The lecture – on Wednesday 16 October – is part of a series of public lectures organised by the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics (IRAAL).

The aim of the talk is to introduce the virtual world of Second Life as an environment for teaching and learning foreign languages. It will commence with a short introduction to the different uses of virtual worlds in education. It will then demonstrate material and data collected during the author’s years spent designing, developing and running courses in Italian as a foreign language in DIT.

Susanna Nocchi has been teaching Italian and internationally since 1989. She is now completing a PhD in teaching and learning foreign languages in virtual worlds at DCU. She has published many textbooks in Italian as a foreign language in Italy and Ireland is currently co-chair of the Special Interest Group in Virtual Worlds for EuroCALL.

The lecture takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16 October in room 3029 at DIT Aungier Street.

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