With the development of the voice facility in Second Life, “real” conversations to practice language and comunication skills are now much more feasible. Where to start? As with other language activities the starting point is not first looking at the tool but thinking about the context, speakers and communciation need. The novelty of using a virtual environment for language practice will very soon wear off … learners will only find a use for the environment if it makes sense.
However, finding out what is possible and how Second Life could be used can be helped by looking at what others have done. You might find it helpful to see examples and practice activities on Nik Peachey’s blog. He’s developing podcast interviews with various people to explore the variety of uses of Second Life. This list includes an inteview with a web designer and ICT consultant. What I like about the way Nik has introduced it here is that they are talking about Second Life IN Second Life – makes sense to me to practice what you are doing in this way!