Sunday, July 3, 2011

MiddWorld: Serious Games Inviting Students To Live World Languages

Serious Games immersing players in each language specific culture

Via: Middlebury Interactive Languages

In my prior posts Serious Games For Online Language-Learning and Serious Games Creating Cultural Experiences To Reinforce Language-Learning, I had covered Muzzy Lane Software's partnership with Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL) to create an innovative 3D language learning role-play game as part of MIL's Online World language courses – MiddWorld Online.

MIL website is now announcing a most advanced language-optimized learning platform in the K-12 market, blending Serious Games, Social Networking, and Multimedia Interactive Learning.

“We've taken Middlebury College’s successful full-immersion methodology and combined it with the efficiency of online technology to deliver breakthrough innovations in world language learning. This intensive, academically-based, and innovative program offers the most immersive experience online available today and will change the way students learn world languages.”

The 3D role-playing Serious Game is set in a virtual world that stimulates student collaboration in-language

Initially supporting French and Spanish languages, here is MiddWorld Online Product Demo including two key components: one is called Passport City, which is a Social Network, the second is the Serious Game that provides students the opportunity to use the language as if they were living in the country: