this year’s SLanguages conference will take place from 28th to 30th September 2012. It’s a very interesting event where language students and educators from all over the world come together online to talk about learning and teaching languages using new technologies, especially in virtual worlds. The conference itself takes place in Second Life, the most popular of the virtual worlds, but you will probably also be able to participate using Adobe Connect, an online software for conferences. At the moment the planning committee is working out a program of events for the three days which will surely be full of interesting activities, including presentations, demo lessons, tours and performances. The greatest advantage is that you can watch the events from home without having to travel anywhere. Among the many participants there are also some VIPs, like people from the British Council or from some big universities in the world that are looking for or have already started co-operations with educational lands in SL.
If you are a language teacher or student interested in new technologies, particularly the internet and virtual platforms or if you are into e-learning and into using computers and virtual environments to learn or teach new content, then you should really take part to this conference. Here you can find information about and a summary of last year’s event with links to the sessions’ recordings and here is the official conference web page with a call for papers and for volunteers.
To be able to attend the conference in Second Life, you would have to sign up (it’s completely free) and install the software from the SL website. Otherwise, I guess you’ll be able to find the links to the Adobe Connect conference rooms in the official conference website just before the events start. If you don’t know anything about Second Life and would like to know more or if you have any problems, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to help.
Hope to see you in-world!