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Identifying Identity: Using Second Life in the Teaching of Sociolinguistics for the Raising of Gender Awareness
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2012 (English)In: EuroCall Review, ISSN 1695-2618, Vol. 20, 49-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper presents further innovative use of virtual worlds under the pilot stages of ASSIS (A Second Step in Second Life), a project funded by Umeå University. One of the aims of the project is to make use of the affordances offered by Second Life in order to raise sociolinguistic language awareness among teacher trainees and other students studying courses in sociolinguistics. Several experiments were conducted where creative use of the avatar in combination with so-called “voice morphing” (a tool which allows the voice of the speaker to be distorted so that a male speaker can sound more feminine and vice versa) allowed students to enter the virtual world incognito in order to “experience” a different linguistic identity. Activities were conducted in cross-cultural settings involving students from Sweden and Chile. The paper presents the initial stages of development of a model for how language awareness issues can be internalised through first-hand experience in virtual worlds.

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Coleraine: University of Ulster , 2012. Vol. 20, 49-53 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60160OAI: diva2:558365
EUROCALL 2011. The CALL Triangle: Student, Teacher and Institution. The University of Nottingham, 31st August to 3rd September 2011
Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2012-10-16Bibliographically approved

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