Enhancing Tertiary Chinese Foreign Language Learning through task based language learning in 3D multiuser virtual environments

  • Grant, Scott (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Huang, Hui (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lan, Yu-ju (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Pasfield-Neofitou, Sarah Ellen (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

There is an increasing need for young Australians to learn foreign languages, especially regional languages like Mandarin Chinese. Currently retention rates in beginner level tertiary language programs are facing a range of challenges. These challenges can in part be met by increasing student motivation and engagement. 3D multiuser virtual environments and task-based language learning have been shown to positively affect student motivation and engagement, however, technical complexity and a lack of easily shareable and implementable resources have acted as a barrier to wider adoption. This project will develop common design and development standards and a range of ready-to-use technical and pedagogical resources to reduce this barrier. It will also foster a community of practice and establish a central website and repository to sustain ongoing development and sharing of resources and ideas. An online 3D multiuser virtual environment region will also be established to showcase resources, conduct training and allow potential adopters to try out available resources.
Short titleVirtually Enhanced Languages
Effective start/end date1/02/1430/01/15


  • virtual worlds
  • foreign language learning
  • task-based learning
  • Chinese language
  • simulation
  • FLA
  • foreign language anxiety
  • technical anxiety