Integrating Digital Literacy Into English Language Instruction: Companion Learning Resource

This companion learning resource, Integrating Digital Literacy into English Language Instruction, provides numerous examples of instructional models, strategies, tools, and tasks for integrating digital literacy into English language acquisition instruction.

Rob Jenkins
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Santa Ana College
World Education, Inc.
American Institutes for Research
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This Companion Learning Resource provides a synthesis of the main ideas and practices in several existing seminal resources from the adult English language learner (ELL) resource collection. It also extends and expands upon these resources by offering many hands-on ideas and techniques to help practitioners integrate digital literacy instruction into adult ELA classes.  . 

Highlights of key concepts and practical strategies include: 

  • The variety of technology integration options in ESL instruction 
  • The role of digital literacy instruction in reducing the digital divide 
  • The role technology can play in problem-based learning 
  • The benefits of using technology to support learner-centered instruction at all levels of ESL and in various learning environments

Although this Companion Learning Resource can be used as a stand-alone document, it also complements the other resources in the suite of materials, “Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction.” Other resources in this suite are the Issue Brief, and the Professional Development Modules.  

Benefits and Uses

Formatted as a digital magazine, this clickable PDF contains embedded resources and links to websites that encourage users to delve deeply into the areas of greatest relevance. It includes task-based lesson plans, problem scenarios, open educational resources, and digital literacy tasks that integrate language development, information literacy, and technology integration. Practitioners are able to link to concrete examples taken from multiple sources including, where relevant, from other contexts (e.g., K–12 education).

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