Digital Literacy - Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Course Announcement 

Topics in Linguistics: Digital Literacy in Language Learning

Course Number: 20304 
Subject: Ctr for Study of Lang&Cultures
Professor: Hana Kang -
Monday, Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. DeBartolo Hall 329

Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive understanding of digital literacy in relation to teaching and researching language acquisition.  Students will learn a variety of digital writing technologies and be trained to think critically about cultural and communicative consequences of the digital media. Students will also gain the critical perspective and literacy tools needed to actively apply in language teaching and researching. 

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Course FAQ
What exactly do you mean by digital literacy?

The term ‘digital literacy’originated from two terms: computer literacy and information literacy. Bawden (2008) extended the concept to be a hybrid of a group of literacies: visual, remix, information, hypermedia, and social-emotional literacies. We will continue to examine the current definitions of digital literacy in our class and discuss the role of digital literacy in language acquisition.

What are some projects and activities in this class?

One of the possible projects is that students will actively engage in digital literacy and examine their own products with different perspectives such as how they construct their identities in public online spaces, how digital rhetoric is different from traditional ones.

Students may conduct a case study on how foreign language learners acquire language through digital literacy practices.


A goal of the class is to train students "to think critically about cultural and communicative consequences of the digital media." What is an example of this?

Students will examine their digital literacy practices, how they select words and images. It will lead them to think about how they position themselves from others.


How might I apply this class to a teaching context?

This course's projects and classroom activities will help a teacher understand their language students’ literacy practice in and out of the classroom and especially on an online setting. The course also covers how to design online language learning activities and select effective materials for a language classroom.