I missed the beginning of the session but I’m looking forward to viewing some of the machinima at the CAMELOT website. Heike said that some people see virtual worlds as a “killer app” for language learning, and interaction with native speakers is a big part of that.
As a language learner myself — happy to smooth out my Spanish and actively working on relearning and improving in German — I recently had an SL experience that got me thinking. My partner and I were walking around a pretty area and I was naming things that I knew in German (his native tongue but not mine). He named things I didn’t know and corrected my frequent gender mistakes. For me, this functioned almost like a memory palace. It reinforced the vocabulary and put a physical, located object for each word into my head. When I think “die Krabbe”, I now see the crate overflowing with crabs in the boathouse in this area. It’s more powerful for recall than practicing with text or picture flashcards or even Duolingo, which I adore.
Side note: I got a seat in the amphitheater for this session and the next. Woo!