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Learning Japanese through VR Technology. The Case of Altspace VR

Alessandro Mantelli    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



Through this paper, I intend to analyse the state of Japanese learning through virtual reality technologies, avoiding as much as possible the analysis of prototypes and laboratory experiments, focusing instead on a case study that implements software and hardware already present on the consumer market. After analysing the VR technology currently available to end-users and its hardware, which has lately increased in popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the specificities of virtual reality compared to other communication technologies, I will proceed to the analysis of the case study Altspace VR, a social VR software used also by an active Japanese learning community, to try to identify the characteristics that could make this technology particularly suitable for language learning.

June 30, 2021
June 14, 2021
Jan. 25, 2021

Keywords: Informal language learningLearning through technologyVirtual worldsJapanese languageDigital humanitiesVirtual reality

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