Learners Creating Their Own Virtual Language Learning Environment

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  • Title: Learners Creating Their Own Virtual Language Learning Environment
  • Author(s): Janaina Cardoso
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Humanities Education
  • Keywords: Language Learning, Virtual Language Learning Environment, Technology, Teacher Development
  • Volume: 11
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 2327-0063 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2457 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0063/CGP/v11i02/43797
  • Citation: Cardoso, Janaina. 2014. "Learners Creating Their Own Virtual Language Learning Environment." The International Journal of Humanities Education 11 (2): 15-32. doi:10.18848/2327-0063/CGP/v11i02/43797.
  • Extent: 18 pages

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.