Steven L. Thorne is the Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition at Portland State University and also works for the Department of Applied Linguistics at the university of Groningen, the Netherlands.
We wanted to write about Steven L. Thorne ever since we saw him give the plenary speech at the 46th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition in 2012 in Glasgow. We were impressed by his knowledge, expertise and his ability to wax lyrical on the topic of Awareness, Appropriacy and living language use’ and have considerable things to say about research conducted within many games, specifically World of Warcraft.
Steven L. Thorne is an academic (and virtual world) champion for the use of video games in language acquisition and development. His talk of the collaboration, debate, communication and social engagement endemic within such game genres as Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) stresses how all this is mediated by language. For this reason, gaming could prove a very interesting avenue for language teaching.
You can watch also Steven L. thorne presenting a very interesting talk entitled ‘Intercultural engagement and the new frontiers of language learning’ .