Intercultural Citizenship Education in the Language Classroom
This chapter describes the notion of intercultural citizenship in language education and illustrates it with a telecollaboration project in higher education between Argentina and Italy. The theory’s tenet is that a combination of language teaching and citizenship education has an educationally significant potential to contribute to the evolution of societies. With global citizenship education it shares its purpose of developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes (civic, social and others), through criticality and reflexivity, to instill change in the world. Findings show an identification as a community of transnational peers amongst participants, the development of intercultural citizenship skills and civic engagement.
I am grateful to the editors of this book for this opportunity to put intercultural citizenship in language education in the foreground. I am also indebted to Mike Byram for his continuous support and to Ana Virginia Miguel, Graciela Baum and Marta Guarda for their collaboration in this joint project.
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