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Posted: Jan 23rd 2008 3:25PM (Unverified) said

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I think that the introduction of technology such as MMO's could be extremely useful in teaching students of any age a foreign language. The captivating nature of games in general are able to keep the attention of the player, and it has the ability to adapt to the individual's level of learning whereas a teacher most attend to the class as a whole. MMO's would give students the intimate lessons and immediate gratification in order to reinforce the learning that a teacher isn't capable of doing constantly for all students.

Posted: Jan 21st 2008 8:06PM Ghen said

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Most people don't type the language proper so I doubt it can be brought into the mainstream way of thinking.

Personally I think its a great idea. I learned Spanish by working alongside a group of people for a good 3 years who mainly spoke the language. I got more grammar and (more importantly) courage to learn than I did in the 3 years of high school Spanish in which I got C's and B's.

Posted: Jan 21st 2008 8:14PM (Unverified) said

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There's plenty of language classes and (from memory) at least two language schools in Second Life. Basically all the way from ad-hoc study-buddies, through free classes, up to paid and professional tuition.

Now I don't know for sure about MMOs with an embedded language mechanic, per se - but single-player language games like Slime Forest Adventure certainly seemed to be something of a hit. Whether that concept would work so well in an MMO environment - heck, most people barely speak their *own* language in MMOs, right? :)

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