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Virtual Exchanges and Gender-Inclusive Toponymy

An Intercultural Citizenship Project to Foster Equality

Francesca Calamita    University of Virginia, USA    

Roberta Trapè    The University of Melbourne, Australia    

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abstract

This paper focuses on a virtual exchange project between the University of Virginia, United States, and an upper-secondary school in Pavia, Italy. Centred on the question of gender equality, the project has been designed to take place over three years (2018-21), and with direct reference to the transnational model of virtual exchange for global citizenship education proposed in 2019 by Robert O’Dowd. As an integrated part of the language learning curriculum, the project creates a virtual space which parallels the space-time of traditional class tuition, and which students can inhabit with a significant degree of autonomy. The project aims to foster gender equality and help students to reflect on the sociocultural evolution of the language and how it can be used to address issues of identity, diversity and inclusion.

Pubblicato
06 Settembre 2021
Accettato
18 Maggio 2020
Presentato
24 Marzo 2020
Lingua
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-529-2

Keywords: Active citizenshipVirtual exchangeGlobal citizenshipIntercultural competenceGender equalityIntercultural citizenship

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