August 1, 2007, marked the debut of Avatar Languages
, a blog dedicated to the study and theory of teaching language using the virtual world Second Life
. Recent posts include links to places to go in Second Life to eavesdrop (and talk with) native languages speakers, teaching English as a second language in Second Life, and creating Second Life-themed webquests. Check the archives on eClassics for past blog posts on Virtual Roma and Greek sites in Second Life.
To fill the void of Latin speaking/listening in Second Life, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
will be producing a "sandbox" for teacher-moderated Latin conversations (either via chat or voice) in Second Life in the next few months in support of its forthcoming Latin textbook series, Latin for the New Millennium
. All Latin students, regardless of what books they are using, will be welcome to come and practice.