Digital literacy of language learners in two different contexts

Son, Jeong-Bae and Park, Sang-Soon and Park, Moonyoung (2017) Digital literacy of language learners in two different contexts. The JALTCALL Journal, 13 (2). pp. 77-96. ISSN 1832-4215


This article discusses the concept of digital literacy and presents a digital literacy questionnaire containing questions related to the use of digital technologies and the level of digital literacy skills. It also reports the results of two studies that used the digital literacy questionnaire to investigate the digital literacy level of 100 English for academic purposes (EAP) students at a university in Australia and 70 English as a foreign language (EFL) students at a university in Japan and examine factors affecting their use of digital technologies for learning English. The findings of the studies provide some insights into the students' awareness and use of digital technologies and their views of the use of digital tools and resources for language learning. Each group showed a different level of expectations and needs in their digital literacy skills with a different background and experience. It is suggested that the expectations and needs of respondents to the digital literacy questionnaire should be taken into account when the results of the digital literacy questionnaire are presented and interpreted in different contexts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2017 JALT CALL SIG.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 04:42
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 01:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital literacy, digital technology, language learners, English for academic purposes, English as a foreign language
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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