Grupo Extremeño de Enseñanza de Idiomas Asistido por Ordenador

Constructing new identities around Languages and Media

TítuloConstructing new identities around Languages and Media
Tipo de PublicaciónConference Paper
Año de Publicación2013
AutoresNaranjo, M. J., M. Rico, J. E. Agudo, G. Delicado, and N. Plaza
Conference Name10th International Conference on Semiotics
Conference LocationVolos
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Migration has contributed to the richness in diversity of cultures, ethnicities and races in developed countries, changes caused by many reasons, including economical situations, politics, family re-unification, natural disasters, poverty, the wish to change one's surroundings, or looking for better living conditions.
Thus, bearing in mind the importance of mastering a language when you are abroad, migrants should have to develop language and cultural competences no matter whether they want to change their customs or not, always being tolerant and respecting other people’s cultures. However, helping migrants to acquire and develop cultural awareness and understanding is an arduous and cumbersome task. A special challenge which reveals a divided world, with certain inequalities, should be revived establishing an egalitarian and caring society.
Based on these social concerns, the LiMe project, a Multilateral Language initiative supported by the European Lifelong Learning Programme, which comprises six organizations from across five European countries (Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and UK) aims to minimize these social–cultural differences. Migrants will overcome these barriers and solve their everyday conflicts by acquiring language competences and integrating culture as a means of social inclusion by demolishing prejudicious resistances and integrating synergies.
To achieve the objectives, the project identifies strategies to help adult migrant language learners and educators understand language in context, and how the language of media resources and tools, such as television, radio, ICT, films, newspapers, among others, can help learners develop a sense of belonging and understanding the national culture. Additionally, the possibility of constructing newer identities through the exploitation of media - “Media: inform, amuse, startle, anger, entertain, thrill, but very seldom leave anyone untouched” (Shirley Biagy, 1996) - will simultaneously strengthen social inclusion, especially among migrants through the development of innovative methods and a virtual learning platform.