Welcome to the Monash Chinese Island blog!
Chinese Island is an initiative by the Chinese Studies Program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia designed to compliment traditional classroom-based learning with context-based, hands on learning in the virtual environment of Second Life.
While primarily designed for enrolled Monash University students, all are welcome to visit the island and explore the unique Chinese language and culture learning environment it offers.
The island is a work in progress, so please be sure to come back and see us often as new things are being added all the time.
To get the most out of our island, but sure to pick up a ‘Chinese Island HUD’ when you first arrive on Chinese Island. There are a number of dispenser signs around the island. They are bright red and easily spotted. Once you have received the HUD, open your inventory, find the item ‘Chinese Island HUD’, right click on it and then select ‘wear’. The HUD allows you to interact with a wide range of objects around the island.
For Monash students and staff studying Mandarin Chinese at Monash or elsewhere, please check out our Chat Club where you can practice communicating in Mandarin via text chat or voice chat. For details please see the Chat Club page.
Throughout the year there will be a range of other activities happening on the island. Please keep a watch on this blog for further information.
If you want to learn more about Chinese Island or any of the activities conducted by the Monash University Chinese Studies Program in Second Life, please feel free to email me at: