6th SLanguages Annual Symposium

28-30 September 2012

Language Learning in Virtual Worlds


Organized by an international committee of language educators (SLanguages Committee group)


SLanguages Annual Symposium was founded by Gavin Dudeney of The Consultants-E in 2007 and in 2010 was taken over by a committee, lead by Gary Motteram of the University of Manchester.

It is the only conference on language learning in virtual worlds and show-cases language learning in Second Life and other immersive 3D environment such as Open Sim, World of Warcraft etc.

It is a ‘magical’ conference that goes way beyond traditional conference presentations.

Tours, workshops, demo lessons, performances and theatre plays were all part of the past conferences.

All of the sessions take place in the immersive 3D environment and are screen shared with Adobe Connect to provide ‘a virtual window’ to a ‘virtual world’.

SLanguages takes place for the 6th time this year.

Committee members

SLanguages Annual Symposium is certainly a team effort.

Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi], let’s talk online sprl, Belgium

Edith Paillat [Cyber Placebo], Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Randall Sadler [Randall Renoir], University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, USA

Carol Rainbow [Carolrb Roux], Teacher trainer in ICT, UK

Gary Motteram [Gwared Morgwain], University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Doris Molero [Pionia Destiny], Venezuela

Helen Myers [Karelia Kondor], ALL Association of Language Learning

Carmela Dell’Aria [Misy Ferraris], University of Palermo, Italy

Maria Sol Cordovez Noboa [Losairam Pelliot], Sol Siglo 21, Ecuador

Barbara McQueen [Barbara Novelli], SLESL, USA

Dennis Newson [Osnacantab Nesterov], IATEFL YLSIG

Marc Meier-Maletz [Marius Madrigal], French-German teacher, France

Marisa Constantinides [Marisoll Orellana], CELT Athens, Greece,

Alexandra Koukoumialou [Alexandra Ergenthal], CELT Athens, Greece

Lynne Hand [YT Upsilon], Learn English Network Ltd, Germany

The SLanguages Annual Symposium is unique because …

  • it is a free conference in virtual worlds for language teaching professionals
  • it takes place in Second Life and is livestreamed with Adobe Connect so that language teaching professionals can attend without an avatar, installation, log-in nor any registration
  • it is solely dedicated to language teaching and learning in virtual worlds


The first 3 SLanguages conferences were conducted by Gavin Dudeney and the recordings are listed on the slanguages.net homepage.

 The conferences in 2010 and 2011 saw a combined total of …

  •  119 guest speakers presenting and conducting workshops
  • 80 hours of program and recordings with about 4,000 recording views
  • for more than 940 unique visitors and 650 signed up members on the community site in more than 95 countries
  • language experts met in panel discussions discussing and elaborating on research, social media, teacher training and much more
  • 3 unconferences as an open session which is led by participants’ topics
  • 10 Second Life sessions simulcasted in Adobe ConnectPro, for easy viewing
  • 41 ‘show & tell’ presentations of products and services for language teachers
  • 13 tours to various sites all over Second Life and World of Warcraft
  • an innovative virtual simulcast, bridging Second Life with virtual classroom technology
  • 2 poster exhibition in Second Life
  • our famous party at the end of the conference

Previous conference programs are as follows…

SLanguages 2011


SLanguages 2010


To date, the conference is free of charge and relies on sponsorship and voluntary donations. Your contribution may help to sustain this learning experience for language educators.

Guest speakers included amongst others …


Aldous Snow [Aldous Snow], graphics designer, UK

Akemi Mochizuki [Draceina Pinion], Japan
Amy K. Wehner [Katarina Camino], University of South Florida, USA

Antonella Berriolo [Anna Begonia], Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain

Babara Hoskins Sakamoto [Lynn Carlucci], Japan
Belma Gaukrodger [KiwiBelma], NMIT, New Zealand

Carmela Dell’Aria [Misy Ferraris], Italy
Caliburn Susanto [Caliburn Susanto], photographer, USA

Carol Rainbow [Carolrb Roux], UK

Charlie Navarathna [Charlie Navarathna], Puget Sound Video, USA
Chris Smith [Shamblesguru Voom], Thailand
(late) Chris Surridge [Christopher Flow], Korea
Curea Leiner [Curea Leiner], Japanese dance performances, Japan

Dr. Cynthia Calongne [Lyr Lobo], Colorado Technical University, USA

David Richardson [Davidric Rinkitink], Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Deborah Corder [Deborah Corder], Auckland University of Technology, Australia

Dennis Newson [Osnacantab Nesterov], Germany
Dr. Doris Molero [Pionia Destiny], Rafael Belloso Chacin University (URBE),Venezuela
Edith Paillat [Cyber Placebo], Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Elena Quintarelli, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Emma Corbett-Ashby, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Eugenia Calderon [Eugenia Calderon], Instituto Espanol in Second Life, Mexico

Fidel Devkoto, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Gary Motteram [Gwared Morgwain], University of Manchester, UK
Gavin Dudeney [Dudeney Ge], The Consultants-E, Barcelona

(late) Graham Davies [Groovy Winkler], EuroCALL, UK
Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart [Yvonne Handrick], Talkademy, Austria

Gloria Gomez-Diago [gloriagdiago Galicia], Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain

Graham Stanley [Baldric Commons], British Council, Spain
Harold Jacobsen [Galdi], museum curator, USA

Harter Fall [Harter Fall], artist, Germany

Hanna Outakoski, Umeå university Department of language studies,Sweden
Hajnalka Beck [Dorka Nemeth], University of Göttingen, Germany
Hayo Reinders [Hayo Reinders], Innovation in teaching, UK

Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi], LANCELOT School GmbH, Germany
Iffaf Khan [Iffaf Ling], languagelab, UK
Inge Knudsen [Inge Qunhua], MIL (collaborating 4 universities), Denmark

James T. Abraham [Calisto Encinal], Glendale Community College, USA
Jens Nerido,

Joe Pereira [Creed Juran], British Council, Portugal
Julian Cheng [UnicornG Luminos], University of Maryland, USA

Juliana Luna Freire [Kahlo], University of Arizona, USA

Jay Jay Jegatheson [Jay Jay Zifanwe], University of Western Australia, Australia

Kalyan Chattopadhyay [Kalyan Horatio], University of Calcutta, India
Kip Boahn [Kip Yellowjacket], Virtlantis, Austria
Klaus Hammermüller [Claudio Whalen], Talkademy, Austria
Lesley Scopes [Light Sequent], Archi21, UK

Lidia Rossner, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Luisa Panichi [Jole Zhong], University of Pisa, Italy

Manizhe Ali, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Maja Pivec  [Maja Yazimoto] University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM, Austria

Dr. Malcolm Alan Compitello [moneo], University of Arizona, USA

Manuel Vuelta [Profesor Korobase] Spain
Marisa Constanides [Marisolde Orellana], CELT Athens, Greece
Mats Deutschmann [Mats Teichmann] Umeå University, Sweden.

Mike McKay [Professor Merryman], Cypris Chat, Japan

Nahir Aparicio [Nahiram Vaniva], La Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL), Caracas

Nergiz Kern [Daffodil Fargis], Turkey
Paul Preibisch [Fire Centaur] Sloodle, Japan
Paula Ferreira da Silva [Morgaine Mayo], PhD candidate at the University of Extremadura, Spain.

Peta Bowker [Gizmo Latte] Dorset Adult Education, UK
Randall Sadler [Randall Renoir] University of Illinois, USA.

Santiago Domínguez Noriega Phd student at the University of Extremadura, Spain.
Scott Grant [Xilin Yifu] Monash University, Australia

Scott Thornbury [Olivetti Oh] New School, New York, Spain

Sedat Akayoglu [Sedat Usher] Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

Shiv Rajendran [Kingsbury Yeats] Languagelab.com, UK
Stylianos Mystakidis [Stylianos Ling], Open University of Catalonia, Spain

Thomas John, student at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Tobias Becker M.A. [Jazmin Orfan]  Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Ton Koenraad [Koen Antonioni] Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Dr. Undine Froemming [Augenblick Winkler],Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Wilson Voight [Wilson Voight], Instituto Espanol in Second Life, Mexico

Zeynep Onat-Stelma [Zeon Panthar], University of Manchester, UK

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