DigLit - Lit. Up Your Phone

A Digital Toolkit for ESL/EFL Classroom to Combat Social Inequalities in Times of Covid19 Crises

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz / University of Graz

Founded in 1585, the University of Graz (Uni Graz) is the second oldest university in Austria. With about 31.000 students and 4.300 employees, it is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Austria. It is a comprehensive university offering about 120 study programs at 76 institutes, which are organized in six faculties.

Due to its experience of both participating in and coordinating international research and educational projects, University Graz can draw on expertise and good practice that will contribute to the success of the present project. Furthermore, the University of Graz, in particular the faculty of the humanities, has been involved in teaching and researching aspects of language and culture, and intercultural communication in particular.

Roberta Maierhofer as the key person to this project is a professor and director of the Center for Inter-American Studies (C.IAS) at the University of Graz, with the mission to research aspects of transcending boundaries in terms of the American continent, offers a specific approach to the question of interculturality, as it tries to redefine research areas away from national connotations towards regional (hemispheric) denotations. Intercultural communication and means of representation of difference and diversity are thus an important tool for research and teaching. At the Center for Inter-American Studies, scholars re-conceptualize the Americas through comparative research transcending linguistic, political, and geographical borders that divide the Americas, and thus also position international exchange with the region. Additionally, digitalization are of high interest in the Research carried out by the C.IAS through interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches. This understanding is very relevant for the DigLit project.

The English Department has also played an important role in cooperation with the European Center for Modern Languages, which is an institution of the Council of Europe located in Graz. Hermine Penz is the chair of the Austrian Association of the European Center for Modern Languages, which is responsible for providing the infrastructure for the institution and for networking with the institutions at the community and provincial level, as well as with the ministries of education and research at the national level.

Pécsi Tudományegyetem / University of Pécs

The University of Pécs (UP) with its 20.000 students, more than 4.000 international students, 2.000 lecturers and researchers, 22 doctoral schools and 10 faculties is one of the largest HEI in Hungary. Its roots date back to 1367. Its mission is development of innovation-oriented and knowledge-based economy. UP supports industry by the technology transfer of research results to create marketable solutions, and it also exchanges international experiences with research and educational institutions to create synergies.

The university knowledge base can be interpreted along three dimensions:

  • research results, which are produced in the university environment & labs;

  • teaching, where a highly qualified labour force is trained to support the knowledge industry;

  • business & technology transfer services to support the market introduction of innovations.

The university also actively participates in the Central European mobility programme called CEEPUS and plays an active role in the different international university associations (EAIE, EUA, Danube Rectors’ Conference, AlpsAdriatic Rectors’ Conference, Compostela Group of Universities). Project based developments are supported by the Directorate of Grants of the Chancellery. Its Project Management Office employs numerous project managers, financial managers and assistants for initiating, preparing, managing and monitoring projects on national and international level on diverse fields.

University of Pécs is active in Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, Interreg, V4 Grants programmes and some other specific EU calls as partner or lead partner. The professional work is coordinated by researchers and lecturers of the faculties, with UP has been an active applicant for ERASMUS programme since 1998 with the aim of providing academic and teaching opportunities to our students and professors by deepening their knowledge at partner institutions in an international environment. The university has also put a strong emphasis on integrating its courses given in foreign languages into undergraduate studies.

UP is an active applicant for ERASMUS programme since 1998 with the aim of providing academic and teaching opportunities to our students and professors by deepening their knowledge at partner institutions in an international environment. The university has also put a strong emphasis on integrating its courses given in foreign languages into undergraduate studies.

University of Venice / Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia

Ca' Foscari University of Venice has a national and international outstanding reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Established in 1868 as a Royal Business College, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was the first educational institution in Italy to offer higher education in business and economics and the second in Europe. There are almost 25,000 students, 7,000 new enrolments per year, over 4000 graduates per year, almost 1,200 professors, lecturers, native language teachers and administrative staff.

Ca’ Foscari has signed hundreds of international cooperation agreements with universities from all over the world, in order to promote mobility, training and research. UNIVE attracts funding from regional, national and international programmes. It has a long-standing tradition in research and well established experience in EU funded projects for education and training (since 2014: 48 Erasmus+ projects, including EMJMDs and a JM Chair; 219 research projects, within 140 Horizon 2020, and REC-programme, EU DGs grants, Territorial Cooperation Programmes, Life, Creative Europe, EuropeAid, participating as Lead Partner or Partner). It is a top Host Institution with more than 86 Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship awarded in 2019, a Cofund Fellowship programme, 10 ERC grantees and an active and continuous participation in competitive research and collaborative programmes.

The University participation in European and International calls has been enhanced through six Interdisciplinary Research Institutes established within the ‘Research for Global Challenges’ initiative that aims to encourage international partnerships and fostering the most promising interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. The six Research Institutes bring together research strengths from across the University and from its strategic partners, including local, national, and international stakeholders, to promote an interdisciplinary approach to research. They were mapped onto the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs.

Priv. Gymnasium und Oberstufenrealgymnasium des Schulvereins der Ursulinen Graz

The Ursuline school in Graz is a private catholic school in the heart of the city. Its long monastic educational tradition is the basis for innovation, interdisciplinarity, and interculturality. The focus lies on a holistic education approach for people of all ages based on Christian values in order to assure giving young people the foundation for a successful life. Ursulinen Graz accompanies their students on their school career and part of their personal life starting at Kindergarten and Primary school as well as through Middle and Secondary school. In Middle and Secondary school, students can decide to focus on music and arts or modern foreign languages and Latin. One class per year has a specific focus on Europe. These classes, also referred to as E-class, study three languages – English, French or Latin and Spanish – at lower levels and have English as their working language in individual subjects. At the same time, the E-classes focus on Europe as a whole, its politics, culture and literature.

Liceo Scientifico Tron

IIS Tron Zanella is a high school that was born in 2019 after the merger of two high schools: Liceo N. Tron the scientific high school and Liceo G. Zanella the foreign languages – classical high school. Both have a long history - Liceo Zanella was born in 1947 and Liceo Tron in 1969.

Both schools, now a single institution, have developed together over time implementing the most up-to-date curricular, methodological, and didactic innovations. Our main aim is to be a dynamic, modern school, open to Europe, where students can learn in a safe and peaceful environment. Our task is that of providing our students with knowledge and skills for building competences making them citizens of the world. Our students are offered both curricular as well as extracurricular activities ranging from music to sport, from literature to IT including active citizenship. The school is located in Via Luzio 4, Schio, in the province of Vicenza (Italy), in the local campus “Città degli Studi”. It is an agile and functional structure with modern and wellequipped classrooms and labs. Its IT system (Intranet, Internet, WiFi) makes communication and management procedures easy and immediate and provides an efficient and avantgarde learning environment. The high school constantly co-operates with local, Italian and European schools, universities, and research centers. The institution currently has 1,600 students, 150 teachers, 5 technical assistants, 14 administrative assistants and 21 school collaborators/school care-takers. Our students come from Schio, neighbouring areas and also from every part of the province.

Pécsi Tudományegyetem Gyakorló Általános Iskola, Gimnázium és Óvoda

We are a high school of the University of Pécs with a rich tradition. Our school is a four-year high school, and we start six grammar schools each year. We provide a number of hours of training according to the class profile in English, German, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics, Sport and Humanities (Literature, History). Our school is characterized by colorful student life, versatile sports and artistic activities, including aatrical and rhythmic circles, orchestra, chamber choir and mixed choir. Our sports facilities, as well as the languages and information technology, are highly prized nationwide. Our main pursuit is education for healthy lifestyles, family life and environmental awareness. We have substantial external relations with institutions, organizations in the English, German and French speaking countries. There are more than 700 students and over 80 teachers in the school.