Who is your German training partner?
How did I come to offer German training courses using virtual reality?
Throughout my professional life, I have worked on the further development of various teaching methods, all with the aim of providing better support for individual learning pathways. My students were always enthusiastic, but I wasn’t satisfied. I know that that is just part of my nature. But at the same time, I always knew there had to be a more enjoyable and much more effective way to learn German.
It was quite by chance that I came into contact with virtual reality. I had heard about the technology in the media and had some interest in it, but was dismissive of it at the same time. That was until the day I visited an event and saw a virtual reality app for marketing. I immediately realised that this was a tool I could also use for providing German training. If VR can be used to look around houses, it can be used to visit different places in Germany too
If you can practise speeches in front of an audience in virtual reality, you can also give presentations in German in front of a virtual gathering. In other words, virtual reality can be used to create very realistic German environments – ones that make you feel like you are right there. It’s fantastic!
I saw on TV that we can now ‘travel’ through our bodies using VR and knew then that this technology would fundamentally change the way we learn.
The app I have developed for learning the cases in German is based on this principle: I step into the case, I am the case, and I experience it. Learning through VR also takes the various types of memory into account.
That all sounds pretty theoretical, right? It is, and the app is not a game. But it does feel like one.