DescriptionIn our information-based society, major issues and our knowledge about them are constituted through discourse. We are overloaded by information; influenced, cajoled, persuaded through text and talk. Critical language awareness enables us to notice and realise how language and discourse shape society, how they constitute knowledge, and how it is invested with ideologies.
CLAVIS will provide evidence of the fundamental importance of critical language awareness as a competency that benefits democratic citizenship. The aim of the project is to empower people across society, particularly in disadvantaged communities, with the critical language awareness needed for active citizenship and democratic participation. This will be achieved through developing tools and creating educational resources that will influence curriculum design and policy across Europe.
The project will provide evidence of the centrality of language related to topics that are of high importance for modern democratic citizenship: political communication, tolerance and acceptance, sustainability, leadership, media literacy, and equal participation. The project will result in a range of publicly available, educational resources, co-created with support from learners and tested in three specific contexts: business and management education, media training and teacher education. A key ambition of the project is the creation of a developmental model, assessment tool and practical resources for the learning and teaching of critical language awareness.
The development and testing of educational interventions will enable us to demonstrate the effect of critical language awareness on the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour of future citizens of Europe. It is hoped that the outcomes of such critical language awareness will lead to the inclusion of disadvantaged communities, and a more responsible, open and just practice for those who are in the position to affect the life of others.