NORDSCI International Conference 2021, Book 1

Language and linguistics

TO THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE TEACHING IN 3D MULTI-USER VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT

Doc. PhDr. Hana Marešová, Ph.D., MBA, Mgr. Daniel Ecler, Mgr. Miroslav Menšíková, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT

This article focuses on the use of a 3D multi-user virtual environment in language teaching and presents the results of four-year research at the Palacky University Olomouc Faculty of Education (Czech Republic). Language teaching was conducted in an experimental form in the 3D virtual worlds of Second Life and Kitely (experimental group) and, in parallel to this, there was also traditional teaching conducted on identical topics in the form of lectures using a textbook (control group). The didactic test, which was presented to both of the groups in an identical form before the start of teaching and after its implementation, verified the effect of teaching in the experimental group by comparing the achieved results of both groups. Out of the three components of mother tongue teaching (grammar, literature, style and communication education) students achieved partial better results (in the case of points focused on the visualization of the subject matter, these were statistically significant) in literature. Students from the control group performed better in grammar and style and communication education. Based on the achieved results, we discuss the selected psychological implications of these results and can state the most appropriate use of MUVE in teaching those topics that have the possibility of role playing, dramatization and group cooperation.

KEYWORDS

3D virtual reality, multi user virtual environments, online education, language education, psychological aspects

REFERENCE

NORDSCI International Conference 2021, Book 1, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4112, ISBN 978-619-7495-14-5, TO THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE TEACHING IN 3D MULTI-USER VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT, 245-254 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/NORDSCI2021/B1/V4/22