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Integrating Digital Literacy Into English Language Instruction: Issue Brief

Posted on 08/08/2016

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In today’s society and economy, what it means to be literate has expanded to include the ability to use digital technology for literacy tasks. As a result, if adult English language learners are to succeed, they need to have digital literacy. This issue brief External link opens in new window or tab is intended to serve as an introduction to the topic of digital literacy for teachers and administrators, providing them with a broad overview of digital literacy as it relates to adult English language learners (ELLs) in English language acquisition programs. This brief defines digital literacy and describes the ways in which digital literacy activities can be embedded in adult English language instruction to foster language learning and digital literacy acquisition. Specifically, this brief addresses four aspects of digital literacy:

  1. using basic digital skills
  2. creating and communicating information
  3. finding and evaluating information
  4. solving problems in technology-rich environments.

Source: CALPRO Research-Based Practices July 2016 External link opens in new window or tab