Date: September 6, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Online

Webinar presented by Catherine Caws, (University of Victoria) and Marie-Josée Hamel (University of Ottawa)


Friday, September 6, 2024,10-11:30 AM Arizona (UTC-7)

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This is the final webinar in our Summer series, Digital Multimodal Composition in Language Education


Engagement in real-world tasks provides language learners with opportunities to immerse themselves in authentic online communication, exercise active citizenship, and apply their digital literacy skills practically. This approach facilitates the development of the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective digital citizenship and appropriate language usage within genuine contexts.

In this webinar, Drs. Caws and Hamel will introduce a pedagogical framework (Ollivier et al., 2021) that promotes active, participatory, transformative, and reflective learning through tasks conducted on open digital platforms. Recognizing the significance of social and interpersonal dynamics in the learning process, it emphasizes the critical role of interpersonal interactions in facilitating meaningful learning experiences. This framework originates from an ECML project called eLANG Citizen project ( In a view to develop sustainable competencies as well as promote a safe, ethical and interactive engagement on Web 2.0 sites, the eLANG Citizen project has been working on developing theoretical and practical resources that language instructors can use to focus on digital literacies and digital citizenship in the language classroom. The main objective of the project is to “help learners become digital citizens and develop the capacity to use digital media critically, creatively and autonomously in several languages”.

A major part of the webinar will be dedicated to defining the concept of real-world tasks (RWT) and to the demonstration of various RWT from the online resources developed by the eLANG Citizen team. Participants will be invited to try them out and then imagine how they could integrate some of these RWT into their own context of teaching.

Finally, this webinar will give an opportunity to participants to think creatively and critically about the concept of digital citizenship in the context of language education and specifically how it can be operationalized through RWT putting at the forefront authentic social interactions.


Dr. Catherine Caws has been teaching French language and linguistics courses at UVic since 2002.  Her research focuses on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), and, more particularly, on learning design, learner-computer interactions and data-driven learning.  Her work is strongly influenced by constructivist and socio-cultural theories of learning, in particular activity theory (AT) as it relates to CALL. She has authored many articles related to students’ success in higher education and runs a blog on Teaching French in the 21st century.

Dr. Marie-Josée Hamel is actively involved in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) teaching, research and development since 1994. She worked at Centre for Computational Linguistics of UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) for ten years, as co-investigator of an EU funded NLP-based CALL project called FreeText. She then took a position as Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the French Department of Dalhousie University and joined OLBI in 2009. Dr. Hamel has an interest in language technologies; CALL ergonomics; blended learning (face-to-face and online) in the context of language teaching and learning; the development of digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages. She currently collaborates as a Canadian expert on a project from the European Centre for Modern Languages called eLANG.


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