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New ERASMUS+ project: Digital Citizenship Education and Foreign Language Learning in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Dr Liam Murray, Dr Marta Giralt & Dr Silvia Benini are now part of a European consortium that has received an ERASMUS+ grant for its transnational project “DiCE.Lang” – Digital Citizenship Education and Foreign Language Learning.

The kick-off meeting which took place virtually in October 2020.

The University of Munich will lead five European institutions, University of Limerick, University of Latvia, University of Aveiro, and Siena Italian Studies to develop a project that has received a grant (424,880 EUR) from ERAMUS+ programme Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education, a programme designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences. The three-year-project aims to strengthen the profile of Digital Citizenship Education (DCE) vis-à-vis foreign language education.

Digital Citizenship Education seeks to empower younger citizens to participate actively and responsibly in a digital society and foster their digital technologies skills effectively and critically. In order to facilitate the implementation of DCE in curricula across Europe, subject-specific solutions are required which, at the moment, are still lacking. This would include a thorough adaptation of DCE principles and objectives into foreign language education.

DiCE.Lang will conceptualize how DCE can best be implemented in foreign language education by developing four intellectual outputs:
(1) a survey to research teachers’ knowledge, skills and attitudes related to DCE, which will later be turned into a tool for teachers’ professional self-reflection;
(2) a comprehensive set of open educational resources available in English and additional European languages;
(3) a teacher training package for DCE in foreign language education providing various scalable opportunities for professional development;
(4) a new policy framework serving to guide DCE adaptable implementations in foreign language education in local and national educational contexts across Europe.

For more information about this project, click here.

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