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How to use the Virtual Reality Language Learning Lab to teach academic writing structure

Austin Pack (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) and Alex Barrett (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

  • Time: 10:00 - 12:00 (registration 9:45)
  • Venue: Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Building 4, Room, 433
  • Cost: JALT and non-JALT Members FREE - To pre-register click here Pre-register (This workshop is limited to 25 participants.)

Presenters Austin Pack and Alex Barrett showcase the Virtual Reality Language Learning Lab (VRLLL), a Virtual Reality Learning Environment (VRLE) uniquely designed and created to teach academic English writing structure. The workshop will introduce the VRLLL through demonstrations and audience participation. Current research on the motivating principles of using the VRLLL will be disseminated along with concepts for future research. Following, the presenters will explain the development process of the VRLLL and how they intend to expand it with additional applications. The workshop not only intends to inform the audience about current research in VRLEs, but also to inspire collaboration.


Speaker Bios


Austin is the manager of the Virtual Reality Language Learning Lab at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He is a part-time English Ph.D. student with the University of Liverpool. Austin has taught English, Greek, intercultural communication, and linguistics classes to undergraduate and graduate students in America and China. His research interests include psycholinguistics and technology-mediated pedagogy.

Alex is an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teacher at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. Alex has taught English and conducted teacher training in several countries, including Uzbekistan, Honduras, America, and Japan. His primary research interests include pragmatics and technology-enhanced language learning.