Views in*2 Literacies
language, learning, stories
The project overview
Literacy – the use of writing and written language – is part of our every-day social practices. Learning to read and write is more than just developing technical skills and language acquisition is more than just learning words. The use of the written word is considered here as a collection of interactive processes between texts, authors, readers, languages, contexts, institutions and societies that shape and are shaped by literacy practices in specific social contexts. This project asks for the many aspects of literacy-related practices and learning processes as experienced by language learners and literacy users.
Citizens are encouraged to share their personal experiences with literacy and language learning by creating Digital Literacy Narratives, a combination of Digital Storytelling and Literacy Narratives. Digital Literacy Narratives (DLN) are first-hand narratives about reading, writing and language learning in any form, context or media. These digital stories are composed of language(s) in oral or written form combined with images, video, music, motion or other modes.
How to participate?
We invite participants of any age (child, teenager, adult, or senior), of diverse language communities, educational backgrounds, any level of language proficiency and with diverse learning experiences to contribute to our collection of Digital Literacy Narratives.
Before participating, users will have to sign in with a valid e-mail address. Registered persons can submit a contribution under their real name or a pseudonym. Published contributions can be commented and discussed by other users. Participants from diverse target groups will be able to communicate via the project’s web platform to exchange their experiences, views and ideas.
Teachers are particularly encouraged to participate by organizing their own DLN-project and will be supported with How-to-tutorials and other materials. Experiences and materials from pilot workshops starting in spring 2017 will be available on the project’s website.
What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?
Participants are invited to send their DLNs to the research team. All incoming contributions will be accepted as part of the corpus. Only those contributions that authors wish to share will be published on the website. Commenting, liking, asking and discussing are other forms of participation that contribute to our research aim, the reflection of favorable and adverse conditions of literacy and language learning.
Digital Literacy Narratives give us an understanding of socially constructed values and beliefs that shape and are shaped by literacy practices in complex cultural, political and historical contexts. Major objectives of the project are to encourage individuals to express their experiences, thoughts, attitudes and ideas about successful learning processes and to pool experiences of academic and non-academic individuals in order to improve and diversify the ways literacy and languages are learned or taught and to create new directions for language teaching and learning.
Participating and supporting institutions
- University of Vienna, Department of Linguistics (project leader)
- University of Innsbruck, Institute of German Studies (project partner)
- University of Vienna, Department of Sociology (project partner)
- EURAC European Academy Bozen, Institute for Specialised Communication and Multilingualism (project partner)
- Language Center of the University of Vienna (project partner)
- Sprachförderzentrum Wien (des Stadtschulrats für Wien) (project partner)
- Österreichischer Verband für Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Zweitsprache (project partner)
- Verein der MuttersprachenlehrerInnen Österreichs (project partner)
- Global Calligraphy Vienna (project partner)
- Amerlinggymnasium (project partner school)
- Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (project funding)