Second Life - A virtual world where you can move around and interact with people from all over the world in real time for free. People chat in a variety of languages, and some use chatbots to translate their chat into other languages. There are also commercial endeavors (see the NPR story below). Be aware that the site was originally intended for adults. Each space is "rated" (PG, M for Mature, etc.). Special space is available for teachers working with students ages 13-18.
Free Land Grants for Educators in Second Life - Allows educators to obtain an acre of virtual land in Second Life for free for the duration of one semester so you can try Second Life with your students. Special space is available for teachers working with students ages 13-18.
Harvard Extension School in Second Life - YouTube video from one of the classes. (2006, November 6). NPR. Retrieved November 16, 2006.
Kuo, Ben. (2006, October 11). Interview with W. Lewis Johnson, founder of Alelo. SocalTech: News. This interview discusses a military project in which gaming is being used as a tool for teaching foreign language and culture, along with its commercial spin-offs.
Wong, Grace. (2006, November 14). Educators explore 'second life' online. CNN.com. Retrieved November 16, 2006.