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Exploring Immersive Language Learning Using Virtual Reality

Notari, Michele; Wong, Gary (2018). Exploring Immersive Language Learning Using Virtual Reality. In: Spector, M.; Lockee, B.; Childress, M. (eds.) Learning, Design, and Technology (pp. 1-21). Cham: Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-17727-4_144-1

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Computer-mediated reality (CMR) is a cutting-edge technology that gives numerous opportunities for language teaching and learning. Learners can enhance their language skills through immersion into contextualized environments where they enjoy rich and diverse sensational experiences. Through exposure to specific realistic computer-mediated content, they can learn how to express their authentic experiences. The added value of CMR is its three-dimensional representation, construction, and visualization of the learner’s concept. In the first part of this chapter, common CMR technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality are reviewed. The following sections focus on the affordances of CMR for learning and the conceptual framework underpinning language learning supported by CMR. Two existing project ideas are presented to illustrate how a CMR environment may be used in different aspects of language learning, i.e., reading, speaking, and writing. These two ongoing projects demonstrate the different affordances of CMR and how to derive meaningful research objectives based on the CMR environment. Toward the end of the chapter, potential research problems are examined to help researchers and practitioners find new research directions for further development.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)

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Notari, Michele






Jessica Brunner

Date Deposited:

24 Nov 2022 13:58

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02 Dec 2022 03:43

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, language learning,




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