Virtual Environments (MUVEs)
My experience in
of the use of the Internet for foreign language education goes back to
1993. I have concentrated most heavily on email and Multi-User Domains
(MUDs) like MOO
and VICs, but have used and created email
websites, and a variety of chat environments for my students and those
taking my workshops.
Currently (2007) I'm using Skype
to teach English pronunciation to health professionals at a distance.
This is amazingly effective and accurate given today's excellent
I was the
founder/director of MundoHispano,
the MOO for native speakers and learners of Spanish,
an administrator at MOOfrancais.
I also have used schMOOze
University in my ESL classes, presenting frequently at
TESOL conferences on MOO use and its language learning pedagogy.
HERE to read one of the
had in a MOO.
I developed for Heinle
& Heinle Publishers a Virtual Interactive Community (VIC
- a multi-media MOO-like environment) called PuebloLindo. This
MUD is the predecessor to Dyvic Innovation's "Frontierra," developed to
fully-functional prototype stage before funding dried up.
I had my eyes
opened to the possibilities
of MOO for the disabled when I used Grassroots
MOO as a site for coaching at
distance. The sophistication of this MOO belies the fact that most of
wizards there are impaired in some way. This experience made me more
to the issue of accessibility to
Few sites bother to put a ramp for the disabled to their front door.
Finally, I was also a
of the international Student
Lists for ESL/EFL learners, a set of eight listservs through which
learners of English can discuss a variety of topics in a friendly
circa 1999. The crazed look is a direct result of spending so
much time on a MOO. ;-)
"When I started teaching
children started learning more."
- John Holt, Learning