VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Digital Literacy and the EAP curriculum: a project-based approach
Julian Savage

Last modified: 2019-08-28

Abstract


As pathways to tertiary attainment, EAP programmes are preparatory education for the requirements of university degrees. While language competency is central to this, the student of the twenty-first century requires a wide range of capacities to become a successful graduate and lifelong learner. One of those key attributes is digital literacy, in short, the ability to think, learn, research, produce, collaborate, share and behave across digital networks. While EAP programmes acknowledge the need to evolve to meet the needs of its learners (digital) technology is often understood as an add on, typically employed to buttress traditional language learning. This presentation will outline how a project-based EAP curriculum that fully embraces the tenets of digital literacy would function and address how to reconcile the challenges of alphabetic language learning with dynamic, multimodal approaches to the EAP classroom. What will be presented is not so much a ‘how to’ but rather a model by which each unique learning context could adapt to meet the needs of its learners. Central to this is a modular approach to resources; a shift away from fixed text books to adaptable, agile materials relevant to student’s interests and domains. This, in part, aims to also consider the experience of learning in an EAP context.


Keywords


digital literacy; multimodality