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The citizen as a user of digital technology and languages at the heart of the second meeting of the project's experts

"Digital citizenship through language education (E-LANG citizen)" (2020-2023)

Author: Catherine Seewald/02 November 2020/Categories: Show on front page, Digital citizenship through language education

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The e-lang citizen project members and associate partners from Canada met online on 8-9 October 2020. During these two busy days of work meetings, the team members had the opportunity to discuss the results of a meta-analysis carried out over the past few months. This analysis focused on how the notion of digital citizen and digital citizenship was defined in literature and in the publications from major international organisations (Council of Europe, UNESCO...).  The list of all the defining elements mentioned in these texts allowed us to draw a large portrait of what we call the technology and language user citizen.

This citizen is thus perceived as a social agent acting - online and offline - within various communities each one with its own values, rules and norms. The action of the citizen is shaped by the interplay between, on the one hand, the context, social rules and values of the communities and, on the other hand, his intentions, his own values and attitudes, his ethics, his awareness, skills, knowledge and critical understanding of the world and - in particular - technologies and their use. Ideally, this action will be competent, responsible, ethical, creative, informed and safe (for people, data, the environment, health...).

The project will now develop teaching material with tasks, especially Real-World Tasks. These language classroom activities aim at addressing the different dimensions that constitute the technology and language user citizen.

Christian OLLIVIER
"E-LANG citizen" project coordinator



  • ECML project website "Digital citizenship through language education (E-LANG citizen)": English - French

  • "Digital Citizenship Through Language Education (E-LANG citizen" is one of the 9 projects of the ECML's current programme of activities "Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences" (2020-2023): English - French

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