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Virtual Exchange and the Role of Foreign Language Pedagogy in Educating Learners for Global Citizens

Roberta Trapè

This paper aims to explore the (neglected) role of foreign language pedagogy in educating learners for global citizenship, and in particular for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. I begin by pointing out the necessity of authenticity in foreign language pedagogy, of the development of intercultural communicative competence, and of the adoption of an intercultural/global citizenship pedagogy. Approaches integrating foreign language education and intercultural/global citizenship education bring real cogent contemporary issues into the classroom, promoting community engagement and active citizenship. In this context Virtual Exchange could have a fundamental role for developing self-regulated language learning, creating communities of inquiry and extending learning beyond the classroom…

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