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Computer and Information Literacy: Students learning a language

1. Read the following reading, then answer the question incorporating insight gleaned from the reading (and other sources) in to you response.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2011). Retrieved from American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: www.actfl.org/files/21stCenturySkillsMap/p21_worldlanguagesmap.pdf

Question" Explain what information literacy and computer literacy might mean for students of a language. For example, students of a language, in order to be digitally literate, will need to be competent in typing foreign characters and other diacritical marks. How might information literacy and computer literacy differ in other ways from other subjects? In other words, what does information literacy and computer literacy mean in multilingual and multicultural contexts?

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Basically, what I think you are asking, is that with the world becoming rapidly integrated and the need to know more languages other than English, how might information and computer literacy be a part of the new language program, and in different subjects?

As stated in the article, the goal of the language program is to achieve the 5 c's. If we analyze how computer and information literacy might relate to this, then some ideas can be formulated:

- Communication: This would mean that student would have to learn how to type with foreign characters, learn to read and access foreign-language websites, learn how to work with software programs in different languages and even communicate with someone who speaks another language.

- Cultures: Students would have to learn about the culture related to that language; this would help them understand the language better as well as put it into context. Other key information to learn about the language are its origins, geographic locations and dialects. For this they would have to be literate in geographical and demographical information about the roots and location of that language. They could even possibly need to be literate in reading maps and acquiring data through various means, in the target language.

- Connections: Students would have to apply this foreign language into different settings and subjects. For example, if one is learning Spanish, then they may have to integrate the use of Spanish ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses computer and information literacy including students learning and language.

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