Learners Creating Their Own Virtual Language Learning Environment

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Abstract

This article presents the result of a project developed by university language learners (teachers-to-be) in which they developed their own virtual learning environment. These students were invited to look for tools not specifically tailored for the learning of a language, but that could be used for that purpose as well. Their final task was to create a free and simple virtual environment to be used by them and other language learners and teachers. The paper begins discussing some theoretical issues related to the project itself: the need for a change of attitude in relation to technology; the importance of promoting autonomy; and the proposal for a broader concept of virtual learning environment. Then, it describes the project itself, explaining each phase and presenting its final product: a blog and a wikispace.