SUWICHIT CHAIDAROON (THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE)

DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE FAKE NEWS ERA: IMPLICATIONS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING : DIGITAL LITERACY IN ELT

Digital literacy is one of the core competencies educators hope to establish in the 21st century curriculum. Language classrooms, in particular, could serve as a site for learners to develop their digital skills as “it is increasingly difficult for us to separate language from the digital environment in which it is being used (Hockley, 2012, p. 110).” This presentation extends the concept of digital literacy and highlights the fact that ELT instructors can educate their students to be digitally literate about ‘fake news’ and misinformation. The presentation will cover three main parts. First, dimensions of digital literacy will be discussed to fully capture the digital skill sets language learners can achieve. Second, the concept of fake news and misinformation will be explained with the aim to address what language learners can do to identify misinformation in fake news. Finally, pedagogical implications and teaching ideas for ELT instructors will be provided.

Dr Suwichit Sean Chaidaroon teaches in the Department of Communications and New Media, at the National University of Singapore. Previously, he has held full-time teaching positions in USA, UK, Australia, and Thailand.