[caption id="attachment_100546" align="alignleft" width="150"] Students can ‘meet’ native speakers and converse informally in virtual worlds.[/caption]

Learning a foreign language has long been a high school graduation requirement, but technology has taken language learning to new levels with the availability of interactive websites, apps for handheld devices, and software that can target students’ weak spots.

Technology changes quickly, and recently, a new way of teaching and learning foreign languages has emerged: using virtual worlds, such as Second Life, to increase student engagement and confidence as they build new language skills.

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