Delighted that Digital Innovations and Research in Language Learning (IATEFL / LT SIG) is imminent. Within its hallowed pages nestles my contribution – the chapter entitled: Virtual Reality in English Language Teaching.
The chapter explores the potential uses of Virtual Reality using HMDs (head-mounted displays) in language teaching. It focuses on low, mid and high-end VR devices: Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear and HTC Vive. The chapter is research-driven and takes two approaches. Firstly, it summarises the results of a number of online searches which attempt to identify the literature and research in this area. Secondly, it reports on the results of two small-scale questionnaires for students and teacher to establish their knowledge, experience and attitude towards VR in language teaching and learning.