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Improving non-native English students’ communicative competence and collaboration skills through Virtual Simulations

By Alisa Sadiku

Abstract

Knowing how to communicate in the target language is the main goal of most language learners. Furthermore, it is very challenging for teachers to bring real world communication experiences in classroom settings where English is not the native language. Hence, in this paper I explore the role of virtual simulations in promoting communicational and collaboration opportunities to non-native speakers of English. In my research, I describe how virtual worlds improve communicative and collaborative skills of non-native speakers of English. Moreover, I investigate how virtual worlds can create a learner centered environment where students take control of their own language production. And third, I explore how the affordances of virtual worlds can enhance non-native English students’ communication and collaboration by engaging them in contextual and authentic environment

Topics: Computer Assisted Language Learning, Virtual worlds, Communication, Collaboration, Communication, Computer Sciences
Publisher: UBT Knowledge Center
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:knowledgecenter.ubt-uni.net:conference-1056

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