Developing information literacy in EAP

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Last week we shared Robert Shepard’s blog post about the range of literacies that adult learners need to develop in addition to basic literacy–the ability to read and write.

The concept of multiliteracies has been around for two decades, inaugurated with The New London Group in 1996 and extending to the current focus on 21st-century literacies: necessary skills for navigating the modern world. (University of Melbourne’s ACT21S site has a great initial introduction to these skills–worth checking out!)

Smart EAP educators are paying attention to this trend: it’s the future of our profession. We don’t just teach language–we prepare students for higher education, and our stakeholders expect that the students completing our programs will possess at least foundation-level competence in the full range of literacies needed for participating in university.

This Edutopia article by neurologist/teacher Judy Willis offers some helpful tips for developing students’ information literacy–agreed upon by experts as one of the core 21st-century skills. In a world of claims framed as facts and ever-proliferating online sources, how can language learners analyze sources and parse the credible from the dubious? Check out the article for ideas!

Worth a read for: 

  • English for Academic Purposes educators.
  • TESOLers and grad students interested in multiliteracies.
  • Mainstream educators with EAL/low-literacy students.

Discussed in this post:

Willis, J. (2016). Critical Analysis and Information Literacy. Accessed June 28, 2016 at