DLS Virtual Reality
DLS VR provides culturally meaningful environments in which students activate real–world cultural and linguistic knowledge through virtual field trips to target regions.
Currently, VR modules are available in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.
When participating in DLS VR, here is what to expect:
Complete practical, real-life tasks such as ordering a meal, booking a hotel room, conducting a business negotiation, etc. while being immersed in the virtual environment.
Language learning as if one is in the target country, offering a supplement to live environment training.
Collaboration & Exploration
Students and their instructors explore cultural and historical environments, using a guided tour metaphor.
Pre- and post-VR activities scaffold, extend, and solidify learning, while aligning objectives with the ILR scale.
Students activate their senses, increase listening comprehension, and improve speaking fluency in a multi-modal immersion.
Students perform everyday activities in a cultural context in the country of their target language.
KEY ELEMENTS OF DLS VR
DLS VR offers culturally focused, proficiency-based language training in virtual environments to prepare those studying a foreign language to interact in real settings with linguistic fluency and solid understanding of the target culture.
Instructor and student converse throughout the virtual environment, as they explore cultural and historical landmarks of the target region, completing tasks along the way. Modules are suitable for students at ILR levels 1 to 3+.
Instructors adapt to students’ language needs and interests throughout the lesson. Pre-work assignments in the learning management system prepare students for the vocabulary and culture they will encounter in VR, with immediate application in the VR environment, followed by a reflection activity to close out the session.
Our back-end website provides curriculum developers the freedom to capture images, string them together, and embed instructional material overtop. Background audio, signs, videos, and audio for listening comprehension are uniquely incorporated into our modules. Click here for more information.
DLS Virtual Reality
DLS VR provides culturally meaningful environments in which students engage with real-world cultural and linguistic knowledge through virtual field trips to target regions. Instructor and student converse throughout the virtual environment, as they explore cultural and historical landmarks of the target region, completing level-appropriate tasks along the way, and interacting with pedagogical content like audios, videos, and signs. Modules are most suitable for students at ILR levels 1 to 3+, but can be tailored to any level. Pre-work and post-work in the LMS scaffolds learning and encourages reflection.
DLS Virtual Reality Video
Virtual Reality Quick Facts
I highly recommend
Awesome tool to not only supplement what I have learned through the textbooks, but it also afforded me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and put my skills to use in a “real world” scenario. I highly recommend and hope that this tool will be used in the future!!!
Well-organized and led class
Well-organized and led class. Audio background sounds improved the sensation of physical presence at the sight. Birds’ eye/drone view was a great way to encompass all the steps taken, while enjoying the panoramic scenery of the surroundings. Instructors were truly engaging and supporting throughout the tour. Brought additional information and facts, while skillfully navigating along the way.
It was an amazing experience to lead the students studying through the VR environment. The students have a higher participation than using other studying methods.
Experience the culture
This is a great opportunity to experience how the culture is like in that country. This is the best closest thing to being in a country of a language you are learning.
I appreciated the variety of sounds and sights
I thought this was a great experience. Thank you for the opportunity and the instructor-led preparation beforehand. I appreciated the variety of sounds and sights. I did feel like I was immersed.
Students got more cultural understanding
It’s a good experience, I love it! And I’m sure my students got more cultural understanding of China via this VR class.
The Ancestor Hall demo has very typical Hakka cultural characteristics and significance, which embodies the traditional Chinese concept of filial piety and sacrifice. Students who are interested in Chinese cultural etiquette and traditional customs will learn a lot.
My students kept on asking me some questions about the relevant culture and traditions after the VR class.
Role play different scenarios
I thought it was a nice change of pace from normal class and gave me some nice opportunities to describe my environment and role play different scenarios relevant to Italian culture.
Instructors were truly engaging
Instructors were truly engaging and supporting throughout the tour. Brought additional information and facts, while skillfully navigating along the way.
Conducive to all levels
What’s so great about this VR class is that the environments really are conducive to all levels. If you’re a beginner, then you can take your time with the little things like reading signs and role play. If you’re very advanced, then you can use it as a jumping off point for deep conversation topics. It is a great idea, and I imagine it’ll keep getting better!
DLS VR is a finalist in the 2023 LaunchPad competition held by The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center! This event showcases innovative EdTech solutions transforming world language education. Launchpad will take place during the 2023 Conference of the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) on June 8, 2023.
Language Project Specialist
Lia joined the DLS team in 2020 as a Language Training Coordinator for the Asian Languages Department, and she now works with the VR team, managing curriculum and pedagogy. Having grown up in China and spent time in Indonesia as an adult, Lia has a love for all things Asian. She has a B.A. in Linguistics and B.A. in Chinese from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, Lia loves spending time with friends, drinking coffee, and playing piano & guitar, sometimes all at the same time.