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Writing for Webheads
Presentation at ESADE in Barcelona
with avatar-based chat in The Palace

July 2, 2000

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Here you can read a cogent rational for Writing for Webheads as presented by online students Moral in China and Ying Lan in Taiwan. They have been students in the Webheads class for one and two years, respectively.

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The Palace chat logs

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*** Welcome to The Virtual School House Vance in Barcelona!

Vance in Barcelona: @64,64 !It's Vance in Barcelona

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Moral in China: @64,64 !It's Moral in China

Moral in China: Hi Vance!

Vance in Barcelona: Hi Moral.

Vance in Barcelona: Moral, just setting up here.

Vance in Barcelona: Moral, I´m glad you´re here. I think we´ll bring some people in to talk to you in a minute.

Moral in China: Sure. How are you Vance?

Vance in Barcelona: Fine. We´re just starting. I´ll have some people coming to see you.

Moral in China: Sure. I'll be here Vance.

Moral in China: @64,64 !It's Moral in China

Moral in China: Hi again!

Moral in China: It seems better now.

Moral in China: Vance, are you there?

Moral in China: I am already here Vance.

Vance in Barcelona: hold on

Moral in China: sure

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Vance is logging off and logging in New Friend, Antje, or Gobne

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*** Welcome to The Virtual School House New Friend!

New Friend: @64,64 !It's New Friend

New Friend: Hi, Vance here. Antje is joining

Moral in China: I don't remember how many. but you can find it out on our webpages.

New Friend: I am back, moral

New Friend: Oh, my name¨s gobne

Moral in China: good

Antje: right, here it is again

Moral in China: Hi Gobne!

Antje: now everybody in this room can see what we are talking about

Moral in China: I think I've learn a lot in the class.

Antje: do you know that I am at a CALL conference in Barcelona?

Moral in China: I knew it. Vance told us.

Antje: don¨t be shy, no one is paying attention because everybody is busy trying out all the exciting features of the environment

Moral in China: Are you a teacher Antje?

Moral in China: Sure...

Antje: Yes I am. A teacher for German, actually. But now I work in a language centre in Germany, being respondible for appr. 20 languages!

Moral in China: I believe Vance must be doing a good work.

Antje: yes, he is

Moral in China: Oh? how many languages do you know?

Antje: your English seems to be very good. Did you learn it all in this way?

Moral in China: Mostly.

Antje: That¨s very impressive. Do you use the voice option, as well?

Moral in China: maybe you don't believe. i don't use English in my real life.

Antje: So, you never really speak it?

Moral in China: I can't use Hearme. That's why my speaking is much worse that my writing.

Antje: W

Antje: Sorry, wrong key

Antje: Why can¨t you use hearme?

Moral in China: I spoke English about 5 years. I almost haven't done it after that..

Moral in China: i don't know. Maybe only a connection problem.

Moral in China: Sorry...5 years ago.

Antje: You are not Andy Moral who used to be in Hongkong, are you?

Moral in China: I am not. I've never been to Hongkong. I live in Kunming.

Antje: Where is Kunming?

Moral in China: Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China.

Antje: And are you in an Internet Cafe or do you have a computer at home?

Moral in China: Kunming is in the south-west of China. the capital of Yunnan Province.

Moral in China: I am at home now.

* Antje * Why is noone else in the palace?

Moral in China: They must be at Hearme where it is more funny.

* Antje * I hear all these people talking and actually, I¨d like to try it out as well.

Moral in China: Sure, do't hesitate.

* Antje * But I like talking to you, too. I´d like to know more about your learning

Moral in China: Ok, I'll be here to answer any question from Vance's session.

Moral in China: Have fun in Hearme!

* Antje * You said you put your results on webpages. How does it work exactly?

* Antje * I am not in hearme

Moral in China: I send my works to the Webheads mailing-list.

* Antje * what´s the address?

Moral in China: Teachers correct them and put them on our webpages.

* Antje * And who sets the work? Vance? Are there other teachers as well?

* Antje * may be someone eldsew

Moral in China: Please try I'll check my addressbook for exactly. You can see it's Vance.

* Antje * sorry, try again: may be someone else is joining the palace

Moral in China: onlyu us 2 so far.

* Antje * could you tell me more about the kind of tasks you do for webheads?

* Antje * Moral, are you there?

Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan

Ying-Lan: Hi, this is Ying Lan

* Antje * Hi Ying-Lan, where are you?

Ying-Lan: Hello. moral.

* Antje * Ying, are you learning English, as well?


Antje: Do you like my new outfit?

Ying-Lan: hello antje.

Ying-Lan: Yes..

Moral in China: Hi Ying.

Antje: I like your outfit, Ying-Lan

Ying-Lan: Antje.. it is the frist time..

Ying-Lan: Hello Moral.

Antje: But you used some of the other features before?

Moral in China: Sorry... I left to check the url.

Ying-Lan: What kind of URL did you check?

Moral in China: Michael is trying to come here but failed.

Antje: Ok, Moral, tell me the url, please

Moral in China: Sorry I haven't got it. Ying, do you remember the weheads homepage?

Ying-Lan: Michael is speaking at our voice chat room now.

Ying-Lan: I don't remember the url of webheads.

Ying-Lan: I usually go to then key in "webheads".

Moral in China: Yes.

Ying-Lan: Go to then type "webheads'.... they will lead you be webhead homepage.

Moral in China: webheads.

Antje: Thak you. Vance just showed us your pictures!

Ying-Lan: My picture... I was fat at that time.

Ying-Lan: Antje... are you a teacher in the conference in BCN?

Antje: No, I think you look really sweet!

Antje: No, I am at the CALL conference in BArcelona, where Vance uis demonstrating all this

Ying-Lan: Thanks... But "You've got a mail" always is a movie not a truth in my life. ;-))

Ying-Lan: You are the only one teacher who came here... everyone at our voice chat room.

Antje: Yes, there is a problem and only one person can be on the Palace

Ying-Lan: Is it depend on the software?

Antje: I think it is a registering problem

Ying-Lan: Moral is gone.

Ying-Lan: Do you have questions about the webheads?

* Antje * Yes: how do you actually learn? Of course you learn when you talk as well but what else are you doing?

Ying-Lan: It is dificult to say about learning...

Ying-Lan: But I have been learning how to speak by conversation with Vance, Michael and maggi.

Ying-Lan: Sometimes, I read some materials...

Ying-Lan: But I think it is important to learn how to express myself in English from the Webheads.

Antje: So, you mostly use the hearme option?

Ying-Lan: Because I could study grammer , ... from the book.

Ying-Lan: Yes,,. I use hear me to talk to teachers on Sunday night.

Antje: Yes, sure. Are there agreed topics you talk about?

Ying-Lan: But I have some trouble with speaking and listening.

Ying-Lan: Sometimes.. we discussed everything...

Moral in China: @64,64 !It's Moral in China

Moral in China: Sorry! A connection failure.

Antje: How many students are present at the Sunday chats?

Ying-Lan: We did not make rule or schedult on studying.

Ying-Lan: Only two or three...

Antje: Oh, this is a good number - so everybody has a chance to speak

Ying-Lan: We do not force students come to class. you know it is free.

Antje: Why are there so few?

Ying-Lan: Yes... sometimes 5...

Ying-Lan: It is free....

Ying-Lan: I think only few people know the web site.

Ying-Lan: You know it limit the time schedule.

Antje: But Vance is always there?

Moral in China: Mostly, Vance is here.

Ying-Lan: Yes, he is.

Ying-Lan: except he went to travel.

Antje: So, you can really exploit him as a teacher.

Ying-Lan: But he always is here as he could.

Ying-Lan: He is a teacher.....

Antje: When I am back home (Germany) I am going tyo look at the wesites in detail. I find this all very interesting

Ying-Lan: I don't understand why you said " you can really exploit him as a teacher.".

Ying-Lan: One of our teachers..., maggi, she lives in Germany too.

Ying-Lan: Maggi is a American but she lives in Germany.

Antje: I am thinking how to use the environment for my language centre, as well.

Moral in China: and teacher Michael Coghlan is in Austrilia.

Moral in China: Vance also has a group for teachers. ( - ed)

Antje: I mean it is a very good ratio: one teacher and only 3 students or so - that means intensive learning, I think

Antje: so Ying-Lan, where in Germany are you?

Ying-Lan: No... I don't remember the name of town... let me ask her.

Moral in China: we have dozens of classmates but we can't be here all. you know some are sleeping.

Moral in China: Ying is in Taiwan.

Antje: sorry

Antje: What time is it in China / Taiwan?

Moral in China: 18:16

Ying-Lan: It is p.m. 6:15 in Taiwan.

Ying-Lan: Moral... we are at the same time area?

Moral in China: yes, I think so Ying.

Ying-Lan: Michael always give us the topic to write.

Antje: here it´s 12:16 pm - so that´s a reasonable time for us- the Americans are still asleep, of course

Ying-Lan: But there is nothing in my mind... I have no idea to write down something.

Antje: And does he then correct the writing? Or do other students do?

Moral in China: the teachers do this.

Ying-Lan: Yes, they do.

Ying-Lan: Vance always put those story on web site.

Ying-Lan: I means teachers correct the student's email.

Ying-Lan: There are three teachers, Vance, Maggi and Michael, at our webheads.

Ying-Lan: Moral could speak English better than me.

Moral in China: Thanks. but I almost really speak it... I write...

Moral in China: You speak very well Ying, I heard.

Moral in China: ...I almost can not really speak it...

Ying-Lan: thanks... tone or pronounceation?

Moral in China: I think you are good at both...I can't use Headme so I need some chances to speak I think.

Ying-Lan: But you could use pure voice to record your voice,

Ying-Lan: there is a good method to learn speaking English.

Ying-Lan: I usually record the movie by type... then I play those type when I am driving.

Moral in China: That's different from real-time chat - You don't need to come up with the words instantly.

Antje has left and Sophie joins ...

Antje: HI guys just joining for a short while

Ying-Lan: I also find those script on line... sometimes I read those scripts to help me understanding the movie.

Antje: My name is Sophie

Moral in China: Nice to see you Sophie.

Ying-Lan: ^Maggi lives at Griesheim...near Darmstadt which is just south of Frankfurt....

Ying-Lan: But Moral, I could repeat those dialog when I was driving.

Sophie: Nice to meet you, too

Ying-Lan: I think it helps me speak out.

Sophie: How did you get your pink panther avatar

Ying-Lan: Sophis.. are you cut off the line?

Moral in China: I watch English movies too...but it seems to me that I don't need to talk much. :)

Sophie: Got to go now. The session is finishing

Ying-Lan: From the palce.

Sophie: bye!!!!!

Ying-Lan: But you could grab now.

Moral in China: sorry. we talk so short.

Moral in China: bye sophie.

Ying-Lan: To grab three icon by your mouse , put it into your suitcase.

Moral in China: Ying, are you at Hearme?

Ying-Lan: Yes, I ma.

Ying-Lan: am

Moral in China: who else?

Ying-Lan: But the conference seems end

Ying-Lan: You can not get there because the frie wall.

Moral in China: may not the firewall... maybe something else.

Ying-Lan: I want to go... It is time for dinner in my house.

Vance has now taken over Sophie's avatar

Sophie: Hi everyone. Thanks for coming. I was telling people in the voice chat that everyone´s left.

Sophie: Thank (this is vance, btw)

Ying-Lan: yes...

Moral in China: Ok, bye. and you can download Voxphone. I can use it.

Ying-Lan: hi, vance. I heard your voice through Chris-Fry-BCn

(She means that she heard me speaking on a computer where the user had given it the above name - I was moving from machine to machine throughout the session, speaking rarely but as appropriate. - V) 

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