Language Lab Unleashed #20: Gaming, MMPORGs and Language Learning

Many thanks to Todd Bryant (Language Program Administrator at Dickinson College), Felix Kronenberg (Instructor of German and Director of the Foreign Language Resource Center at Pomona College) and Doug Canfield (Coordinator of the Language Resource Center at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville) for participating in LLU#20.

The text from the synchronous chatroom that ran during our webcast is below. Please leave a comment here if you need additional information or wish to ask further questions of these gentlemen. Access the downloadable audio file, or stream this episode using the built-in player:

Or, if you can, please join these folks and me and many others at IALLT 2007:The Next Revolution in Language Learning Technology at Tufts University June 19-23 where many of these topics will be discussed.

The text from the chatroom, complete with links and names of items mentioned during the show:

You have entered Chat Lobby.
[Todd] machinma examples
[Todd] mix of mmorpg and secondlife
[Todd] when I wrote my article, I started here
[Todd] Oblivion, Die Gilde II, Neverwinter Nights, Peacemaker

For those of you who are not familiar with machinima, here is an example of a machinima movie made from screen captures of WoW avatars dancing (/dance) and then the clips are set to music with machinima.

Warning…the music (Cartoon Heroes by the Scandinavian group Aqua)is highly addictive… 🙂 But the lyrics are kind of intriguing given the context of alternative realities (second lives?) and gaming:

Full lyrics here

Feel free to leave comments and more links to machinima creations!

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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