I saw a post on another blog that got me thinking. Eloise Pasteur’s post entitled “Just askin’ or simplement demander?” deals with the use of Second Life for learning another language. She makes some excellent points, but what I want to add is that SL has a high degree of international flavor. I don’t have a citation for it, but somebody told me that 40% of new accounts come from outside the U.S. Where else do you have the opportunity to so easily and quickly find people who speak the language you’re learning every day? What a great opportunity to practice!
Aside from the question of how well SL can work for teaching the language, it is an unparalleled opportunity for using the language.