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Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages

E-lang provides language teachers with resources which promote the use of “real-world tasks” in a pedagogical approach that fully integrates social interactions. E-lang ultimately supports learners to become competent and autonomous language users as well as digital citizens.

Introduction

The e-lang project (“Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages”) has developed, on the basis of the action-oriented approach of the CEFR, a pedagogical approach for the use of digital tools and resources in the context of language teaching and learning. The objective is to help learners become competent and autonomous language users and digital citizens. 

By focusing on “real-world” tasks, carried out online on participatory sites, the e-lang approach emphasizes the importance of social interactions in human communication and action. Teachers will be able to explore and familiarise themselves with this approach by using the 

  • the didactic framework presented in the publication Towards a socio-interactional approach to foster autonomy in language learners and users; and
  • the modules on the e-training Moodle platform. 

In addition, a guide is available for those who wish to facilitate a training session using the e-lang modules with a specific group of teachers.


Webinar

Webinar from 12 October 2018:
Real world tasks, digital resources and autonomy

In this two-part webinar in English and French, Christian Ollivier, project coordinator, and the e-lang team first present the socio-interactional approach and the notion of real-world tasks. This presentation is illustrated by concrete examples that can be implemented on web 2.0 sites. It demonstrates the value of real-world tasks in developing action and communicative competences. In the second part, the e-lang team shows how the use of digital resources and tools can help learners to: (a) carry out tasks, and (b) develop their autonomy while enriching their personal learning environments.

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Glossary

The glossary contains 20 key terms in English and French in the field of digital literacy for language teaching and learning. It was developed by the e-lang project team.

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This resource contains

Didactic framework Towards a socio-interactional approach to foster autonomy in language learners and users
Webinar with concrete examples that can be implemented on web 2.0 sites, glossary, related resources  
E-lang online training platform (Moodle)
Guide for facilitating training sessions using the e-lang modules

Related thematic areas

New Media in Language Education
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Towards a socio-interactional approach to foster autonomy in language learners and users
Littératie numérique et approche socio-interactionnelle pour l’enseignement-apprentissage des langues
This book has been produced as part of the e-lang project “Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages” (project of the European Centre for Modern Languages within its “Languages at the heart of learning” programme 2016-2019). It is intended for language teachers and future language teachers, as well as researchers interested in this topic who wish to explore the pedagogical principles of the e-lang project.<br><br> The book explores a possible evolution of the action-oriented approach and the tasks associated to it as presented in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It introduces a socio-interactional approach to language teaching and learning and a new type of task to be implemented on the Web 2.0: real-world tasks. The overall objective is to enable learners to start being language users at a very early stage in their learning path. Through real-world tasks, they will engage in activities taking place beyond the classroom and learn to fully take into consideration the social interactions that determine action and communication. Furthermore, they will learn to become digital citizens equipped with strong digital literacy skills.
Cet ouvrage a été produit au sein du projet e-lang « Vers une littératie numérique pour l’enseignement-apprentissage des langues » (projet du Centre européen pour les langues vivantes du Conseil de l’Europe dans le cadre du programme « les langues au coeur des apprentissages »). Il s’adresse aux enseignants et futurs enseignants de langues, mais aussi aux chercheurs intéressés qui souhaitent découvrir les fondements didactiques de ce projet.<br><br> L’ouvrage propose une possible évolution de l’approche actionnelle et de la typologie des tâches proposée par le Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues. Il présente une approche socio-interactionnelle en didactique des langues et un nouveau type de tâches à mettre en oeuvre sur le web 2.0 : les tâches ancrées dans la vie réelle. L’objectif est de permettre à l’apprenant, dès l’apprentissage, d’être également un usager des langues. A travers les tâches ancrées dans la vie réelle, il va participer à des projets réels au-delà des murs de la classe et apprendre ainsi à tenir pleinement compte des interactions sociales qui déterminent l’action et la communication. En outre, il va apprendre à devenir un citoyen du numérique doté d’une littératie numérique forte.
The book explores a possible evolution of the action-oriented approach and the tasks associated to it as presented in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It introduces a socio-interactional approach to language teaching and learning and a new type of task to be implemented on the Web 2.0: real-world tasks.
L’ouvrage propose une possible évolution de l’approche actionnelle et de la typologie des tâches proposée par le Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues. Il présente une approche socio-interactionnelle en didactique des langues et un nouveau type de tâches à mettre en oeuvre sur le web 2.0 : les tâches ancrées dans la vie réelle.
Language teacher and learner competences New media in language education
English French
Ollivier Christian
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Keywords: e-lang elang
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WebSite: www.ecml.at/elang
Created: 17 June 2019

Publication

The book Towards a socio-interactional approach to foster autonomy in language learners and users explores a possible evolution of the action-oriented approach and the tasks associated to it as presented in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It introduces a socio-interactional approach to language teaching and learning and a new type of task to be implemented on the Web 2.0: real-world tasks.

Available in English and French

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E-training platform

The e-training platform offers several modules to become familiar with the e-lang approach: didactic foundations of the project, real-world tasks, informal language learning, oral and written reception, oral and written production, oral interaction, as well as grammatical, lexical, phonological and intercultural competences. You can opt for your own training path according to your needs. Access to all the online material is free: https://moodle.e-lang.ecml.at (click on “Log in as a guest” to access the modules).

Training guide for the Moodle platform 

The objectives of this training guide to the training modules are to:

  • explain the basic principles of the e-lang approach;
  • explain the structure of the training;
  • support the trainer/facilitator in navigating the various steps of an e-lang training programme, namely digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages.

Project team


Christian OLLIVIER
(Coordinator)
France

Ulrike SZIGETI
Austria

Catherine JEANNEAU
Ireland

Katerina ZOUROU
Greece

Catherine CAWS
Canada

Marie-Josée HAMEL
Canada

Project

These are the results from a project of the European Centre for Modern Languages within its "Languages at the heart of learning" programme 2016-2019.
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