Promoting the development of citizens as users of languages and digital technology in language education

Conference for the DICE.Lang Project – Digital Citizenship Education and Foreign Language Learning, 2/2/2022, online

A meta-analysis carried out by the e-lang citizen project team and including 98 texts published between 2016 and 2020 has resulted in a profile of the digital citizen. In the conference, we will present this profile of “digital citizens” as social agents with a multi-faceted identity who are involved in a wide range of (online) communities and whose actions are largely guided by specific values, rights and responsibilities. The profile also outlines individual characteristics needed to use technologies as a citizen as well as the societal and material conditions that promote or refrain digital citizenship.
On the basis of the pedagogical approach elaborated in the projects e-lang citizen (European Center of Modern Languages) and Lingu@num (Erasmus+, strategic partnership for digital education readiness and creativity), we will point out strong interconnections between digital citizenship education and language education. We will show how foreign language learning and teaching can promote the development of attitudes (especially critical ones), skills, awareness and knowledge required to exercise (digital) citizenship and enable technology users to (inter)act online and offline within local and global communities as well as in interpersonal relationships in a safe, informed, critical, ethical and responsible or even transformative way.

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