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Lesson ideas

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 Pedagogy Index




NOTE: This page is one of the first and written in haste. We can re-write, add to and correct it together. The lesson plans that you can find when you follow the link below are not reall thought-through but my first ideas when I started thinking about teaching in SL. The only plans that I fully developed are those of the course. 








We collect teaching ideas in the Pedagogy Index (link above).


Create a new page for each idea.

  • You can just give a short description of the idea or write the different stages of the lesson.
  • To suggest improvements to the idea, leave comments.
  • Whoever is interested can use the ideas for their classes, develop them to full lessons and even post their lesson plans to the wiki. 
  • It would be nice to also leave some comments on how the idea/the lesson worked out.
  • If you want to add a complete course, simply create a new folder in the Lesson Plan/Idea folder.

---> Remember to tag your pages



General Principles/Methodology/Techniques:

  • Students seem to prefer open envirionments (beaches, rivers, parks) to closed ones (classrooms or even a café).
  • Lessons should be communicative, interactive and engaging.
  • Students should have some control and choice.
  • Think also of self-access (e. g. touch various objects to see new phrases possibly with sound, links to e-books, or a class wiki or blog with resources (video, audio, voicethread etc.).
  • Think of an alternative meeting point (virtual classroom) in case SL is down.
  • Whenever possible, lessons should include Skills and Systems components.
  • Most students in SL want to most practise their speaking skills. So, give them enough room to do this.
  • Most people in SL are there to have fun. Lessons (even RL) shouldn't be too serious and certainly not lecture style.


Link to the Lesson Plans/Ideas folder.

You can also find the link on the sidebar. 


Video tutorial: How to create a Lesson plan


Comments (5)

Nergiz Kern said

at 3:55 pm on May 31, 2008

If you have lesson plans that are only relevant for a other languages, we could create a sub-folder in the Lesson Plans folder or simply write the language in brackets in the page title.

Robert said

at 2:21 am on Jun 2, 2008

Interesting general principles. Could I ask for your understanding of Skills and Systems components? Is it Skills as in integrated skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and systems as in the language systems: grammar, lexis etc.? Thanks.

Nergiz Kern said

at 7:20 am on Jun 2, 2008

Robert, yes, that's exactly it. If anybody has done research or read or has more to say here, please add it. I'm still very new to teaching in SL and only experience will tell what works well.

barbitta@... said

at 2:40 pm on Jun 2, 2008

Hi Robert! I do also agree with you and Nergiz, but we also thought about the skills you need to move properly inside SL, as a teacher or from the point of view of the student.

It's not that easy to see, sound 'free' in SL. You need to develop abilities as well. So, let's 'share' what you and the rest think is needed from the point of view of a teacher to look professional inside SL, and what is needed from the point of view of a student, to look 'relaxed' inside SL.

Włodzimierz Sobkowiak said

at 2:15 pm on Dec 23, 2009

You may like to have a look at my lesson plans and ideas for the use of sound, which I've been regularly uploading to slactivities.ning.com (you'll need to sign up first). There're altogether a few dozen of them in the forum section of that ning site. On slenglish.ning.com I blog regularly about my "Pronunciation with Wlodek Barbosa" Wednesday sessions in-world. Some of those blogs also contain notecards and lesson ideas...

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