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The Hub for Education and Language Diversity (HELD) at King's College London invite you to an event exploring identity, digital storytelling and linguistic citizenship.


What is the relationship between identity, digital storytelling and linguistic citizenship? Due to advances in digital technology, there are new relations of power at micro and macro levels, and digital literacy has become essential in “claiming the right to speak.” As language learners navigate these changing times, they need to negotiate new identities, investments, and imagined futures (Norton, 2013, Darvin & Norton, 2015).

In this presentation, Dr Bonny Norton demonstrates that while there are social structures that may constrain a language learner’s linguistic citizenship, digital stories in multiple languages can help these learners claim the right to be heard. Drawing on her recent research on digital storytelling in both wealthy and poorly resourced communities worldwide (Norton & Doherty, 2020; Norton, Stranger-Johannessen, & Doherty, 2020), she discusses how freely available digital stories in multiple languages can harness the linguistic capital of language learners in homes and schools, with exciting implications for the promotion of linguistic citizenship in communities worldwide.

Key open access resources are available here:

Global Storybooks

Storybooks UK

About the speaker

Dr Bonny Norton (FRSC) is a University Killam Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Her primary research interests are identity and language learning, digital storytelling, and open technology. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Educational Research Association, she was awarded the BC 2020 Academic of the Year Award for her leadership of the Global Storybooks project. You can find out more on Dr Norton's research here.


Please register in advance for this event here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This event is part of the Hub for Education & Language Diversity summer school, July 21-23 2021, but is open to everyone.