Fables and ICT: Intercultural Communication and E-Language Teaching.

Antonella Elia (1)
(1) University of Naples Federico II Naples, Italy, Italy


This paper presents an experimental workshop held as part of an annual university teacher training course directed at Italian teachers involved in teaching Italian as a second language in multicultural classes mainly from primary and secondary schools. Its objective is to train teachers in an intercultural methodology through the use of fables and fairy tales as they have been proven to be an educational tool with a great intercultural power in our multicultural society. They represent a universal narrative genre, which uses the same narrative techniques transversally joining different people from diverse cultures under the star-studded sky of imagination. To develop intercultural awareness, the workshop has used offline and online social tools (such as blogs and wikis) in order to teach how to operate in an innovative socio-constructivist scenario using ICT.

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Antonella Elia
aelia@unina.it (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Antonella Elia, University of Naples Federico II Naples, Italy

Antonella Elia is an expert in media education and currently a Ph. D. student in English for Special Purposes at the University of Naples Federico II. She has been a lecturer in ‘Humanities and Computing’ at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ since 2002, and has published some papers which connect languages, humanities and computing. Elia is the author of Inchiostro Digitale: tecnologie e scienze umane - scrivere, comunicare, insegnare con i nuovi media (2004), (Digital Ink: new technology and humanities: writing, communicating and teaching through the new media) and Uomini di latta e sogni di metallo: cyborgs & cyberspaces nel mondo digitale anglofono (2006) (Tin men and metal dreams: cyborgs and cyberspaces in the digital English world)

Elia, A. (2007). Fables and ICT: Intercultural Communication and E-Language Teaching. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 7(2), 1012. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v7i2.436

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