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New ECML project: Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages

Author: Michael Armstrong/08 March 2016/Categories: New media in language education, Digital literacy for the teaching/learning of languages

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A new project “Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages” (e-lang)  started in January 2016 and will run until December 2018. In response to the shortage of teacher training opportunities in digital literacy across Europe, the project provides a basis for a teaching methodology which integrates digital technologies. This will be done through a range of online interactions for teachers, plus a critical use of digital tools and resources to develop language and intercultural skills.

The project expands on previous initiatives, in the area of digitally enhanced teacher training such as those carried out by the ECML (DOTS, More DOTS and  ICT-REV).

On this basis, online training modules will be developed to allow teachers to find out how to:

  • design the various tasks included in this project,

  • help learners to become more efficient in their studies and autonomous as language users thanks to a critical use of digital tools.

The modules will be developed and piloted, before being made publicly accessible at the beginning of 2017. The project workshop is planned for October 2017. Through a blended learning approach (mixing online and face-to-face training), teachers will be able to test the modules and develop tasks for their learners.

The e-lang team is composed of Christian Ollivier, University of La Réunion, France, Catherine Jeanneau, University of Limerick, Ireland, Ulrike Hoffman, Fachhochschule Salzburg, Austria, and Katerina Zourou, Web2Learn, Greece. Marisa Cavalli acts as external advisor. Do you wish to get in touch?  Yes! - through the project website which will be available soon and twitter (#ecml_elang)

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