learnSpanishJust a note on something I thought looked quite interesting…

Language life Spanish classes give you the opportunity to converse with teachers and other students in ‘real life’ situations such as cafes, hotels, restaurants and banks within a virtual Spanish city – Ciudad Bonita. Courses are spread over 10 weeks and include weekly class sessions, practice time and web-based exercises. They claim to focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing – it would be interesting to see how they do this…

Lipsynching is not great in SecondLife  – this would be expecially problematic for teaching and learning a language. The course uses VOIP so I guess the sound is OK but wouldn’t there be a slight delay? Why not use video for teaching pronounciation? How well populated is the city for practicing?

Lots of questions that I haven’t got time or money to investigate at the mo. It’s $267 (approx £169) for a 10 week course – but one it would be good to return to at some point!

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