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July, 2009:

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?

I know just enough Japanese and Spanish to get myself in trouble online.

Sometimes, I practice my language skills by surfing the web, looking for education blogs or articles in my weak languages. Finding them isn’t that hard. Navigating from the first page is where I get into trouble. There’s a visual aspect to web literacy that I don’t really have outside of my native English. I’m never sure if links will take me to another page, or to a totally unrelated site (via ads that come with “free” blogs) or to a check out page for something I unintentionally put in my cart.

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Why Every Language Teacher Needs a (Second) Life

My Second Life self, Lynn Carlucci, being camera shy

My Second Life self, Lynn Carlucci, being camera shy

You may have heard about Second Life . I actually hadn’t heard of it before I saw the course description for a TESOL EVO session on Virtual Worlds and Language Learning. Considering that I thought an avatar was a diety in Hindu Mythology, I think it’s fair to say that my learning curve was pretty steep.

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