The 21st century is the century of information and, therefore, assuring language learning and digital competence development for everyone is an essential priority in the context of international education policies. Accordingly, the fundamental objective of this International Conference will consist in reflecting on the so-called ‘language gap’ (Johnson & Zentella, 2017) as well as the ‘digital gap’ (Hargittai, 2010). These two phenomena are caused by the economic disparities derived from the global crisis, and they both affect negatively certain population groups, especially those suffering from unemployment in Andalusia. In this light, the latest trends in second language teaching and learning processes on the international scene and their corresponding best practices will be addressed in this 1st International Conference on Language Gap and Digital Competence: Challenges for the 21st Century, mainly dealing with aspects related to language gap and digital gap, digital competence, accessibility and the use of ICT in second language teaching.
The objectives of this 1st International Conference on Language Gap and Digital Competence: Challenges for the 21st Century include:
- To establish a forum to share research results, to which relevant and renowned personalities in the field of second language teaching, the application in teaching of ICT, and bilingual and intercultural education, among others, shall be invited to give lectures. There will also be sessions for young researchers who have started their career in these fields and wish to share their results with the scientific community.
- To create an appropriate setting for the exchange of experiences and results coming from the educational practice. In this sense, the 1st International Conference on Language Gap and Digital Competence: Challenges for the 21st century will be open to teachers and members of the management teams of education centres who wish to share their experiences and results with the international community.
- To make the population aware of the importance of overcoming the linguistic gap and developing the digital competence in both social and economic fields for and with the population.
- To increase the visibility of the researchers’ results coming from Andalusian universities and other educational contexts.
- To promote the organization of events and meetings to bring attention to the best practices carried out by different centres of all levels of education.
Three main topics have been established for the Conference. The Scientific Committee may define others (if necessary) regarding the proposals received. These three topics (with corresponding sub-topics) are:
- Second Language Acquisition
- Bilingual Education
- Educational policies and curricular approaches
- Curricular theories, models and approaches
- CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) and TELL (Technology Enhanced Language Learning)
- Digital Gap
- Teacher training and teachers’ digital competence
- Technologies for language learning
- ICT, AKT, EPT
Language Gap and Digital Competence in Andalusia