Today’s 360 VR Buzz: VR and Language Learning: How VR Can Crack the Language Code

This was a very interesting BUZZ that I found today and wanted to share with you.

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As theory-based techniques are becoming increasingly scrutinized and the need to experiment with a practical curriculum increases, we can look at VR’s role in EdTech’s trajectory and the ways it seeks to impact the language-learning of the future. With an estimated 1 billion people learning English alone, 95% is a huge drop-off. There are many ways that people go about learning English, including through programs such as the Effortless English Club, who say that they can get people speaking fluent English within 2 or 3 months. There are a load of other ways that people learn a language though, some people prefer to go to the country and be submerged into their language and culture. People do this by either going there for a vacation, whilst others might do something like become an au pair. This way they can earn money, have a new experience and gain a new language. If this is something that interests you then you can take a look at something like this Cultural Care Au Pair. As this should give you a good idea of how an au pair works and what you would have to do to apply yourself for the role. However, according to language experts, a natural setting versus an instructed setting plays as much of a role in successful language learning as personal motivation. In a 2010 study (pdf), linguistics professor, Carmen Muñoz heavily favors a natural setting over instruction-based learning when writing on language-learning methodologies as 1) In an instructed setting, the sessions are limited to 2-4 sessions per week and up to 50 minutes per session 2) The target language exposure is very low compared to the first language of the learner and is majorly not used as a form of communication between the teacher and the learner 3) The target language is not the language commonly used between peers 4) The target language is often not used outside of the classroom. The glaring commonality across each of these is the lack of exposure and a lack of immersion to the language being learned. Traditional, instructional language learning focuses on the constructions of the language itself rather than the use of the language: ‘Almost any second language learner who is provided with sufficient exposure to the target language will outperform those who are not given the opportunity to practice the target language in a social environment.’

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