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Digital Literacy for EFL Students

location_on Tetovo, Macedonia

A combined approach in teaching ICT and EFL skills, offering basic training in digital literacy for EFL students aged 12-18.

Digital Literacy for EFL Students is a course designed specifically for learners of English as a foreign or second language at Intermediate (B1-B2) level, aiming to advance their linguistic competence through the use of digital technology. The course comprises of five modules: Blogging, Web Design, Filmmaking and Video Editing, Social Networks, and Presentation Skills.

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Overview

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HundrED 2019

2015

Established

100

Children/users

1

Countries
Organisation
For-profit
Target group
All
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
At Pegasus ELS we promote Digital Literacy for EFL Students in order to enable young learners to create and share contents in English, using information technologies and the Internet. This approach increases their impact and visibility in the digital world we live in, and makes them feel like digital heroes of their time!
Pero Sardzoski, Director of Studies, Pegasus ELS

About the innovation

What is DIGITAL LITERACY FOR EFL STUDENTS?

In an increasingly dynamic and globalized world, where technology constantly offers new assets for a greater connectivity among cultures, groups, and individuals, we need to focus on developing the basic skills required for young learners to fully develop their potentials to be truly involved in the digital age that we, as educators, are preparing them for. English language skills and ICT skills are the main skills required for 21st-century literacy. By introducing a combined instruction between these two subject areas in order to produce a common intellectual output can create the necessary context for students' full engagement in the learning process, allowing individuality in their expression of ideas, with proper guidance facilitated by their educators.  

Pegasus English Language School, located in Tetovo, Macedonia, is a pioneer in promoting Digital Literacy for EFL Students in the country. The school offers a model of blended learning (Flipped Classroom), combining both EFL and ICT instruction to bring the process of acquisition of new skills to yet another level, where students will be able to produce their own digital products, using English as a language required for a greater impact in sharing and promoting their ideas beyond their local communities. 

Therefore, Digital Literacy for EFL Students offers a step-by-step process in facilitating students' production of content for their blogs, websites, videos, and promote them on social media by advancing their presentation skills as well, focusing on networking and creating online communities, where they could share and exchange ideas. It is a unique opportunity for students of EFL and ICT to combine their skills in order to increase their visibility in the ever-changing digital world we live in. 

Digital Literacy for EFL Students provides a meaningful context for the further development of students' entrepreneurship skills by introducing digital branding for products and services, using the skills they will acquire during this course. In this way, students are provided with the necessary tools to use a set of skills that are required for success in college, career, and life. 

Digital Literacy for EFL Students was a finalist in the category of Local Innovation at the ELTons 2017 Innovation Awards, organised by the British Council in partnership with the University of Cambridge (Cambridge English Language Assessment).  

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Steps

Introducing Blogging
Students learn the basics of blogging, focusing on successful blogs from young bloggers under 18. They are introduced to the types of blogs, as well as what it takes to make your topic interesting for a bigger audience. They learn how to set up their own blogs, and post comments to their classmates. The ICT Teacher helps students set up their Edmodo accounts for further communication, and EFL teacher explains the types of blogs to students and encourages them to write their first blog post, as well as personal information for setting up their blogs, including comments to other students' blog posts, through circulation.  (2 hours)
Blog Commenting and Connecting
Connecting with other bloggers from the group by commenting on each other's blogs.

Students read each other's blog posts and prepare comments to be checked and confirmed by the EFL teacher and then posted on each other's blogs. The ICT teacher helps with the technical issues students might have. 

Creating Content
Students learn how to develop content for their blog posts. Students are given an example how to develop content for their blogs through the school's blog and are encouraged to research into a specific topic before writing a blog post. 

The EFL teacher corrects the texts for the blog posts, and the ICT teacher helps students with any technical issues regarding the process. 

Building Audience
Students learn how to post comments to the second blog posts of their classmates, and generate interest for their favorite topics. Students are encouraged to provide quality comments to their classmates' blog posts, in order to build an audience for the topic of their interest. 

The EFL teacher checks and corrects students comments via Edmodo. 

The ICT teacher shows students how to use hyperlinks, and attach media files to their blog posts.  

Developing Content and Creating Web Space
Students are encouraged to continue developing quality contents for their blogs. Students are shown the basics of using HTML for building a web space. EFL teacher checks and corrects students texts for their blog posts and comments. 

ICT teacher shows how to create a web space using HTML. 

Building Audience and Developing Content (extended blogging practice)
Students provide comments to their 3rd blog posts. Students write their 4th blog posts. EFL teacher checks and corrects students texts for their blogs and comments.

ICT teacher helps students with any technical issues in the process. 

Building Audience and Developing Content (extended blogging practice)
Students post comments to their classmates 4th blog posts. Students prepare and post their 5th blog posts. EFL teacher checks and corrects students texts for comments and blog posts. 

ICT teacher helps with any technical issues.  

Web Content Development
Students learn how to design a website. Students write short introductions, and texts on a selected topic. EFL teacher checks and corrects students texts.

ICT teacher guides students through the basics of HTML, and demonstrates how to add their short introductions to the site they are constructing. 

Presentation Skills
Students develop comments to their classmates 5th blog posts. Students prepare and post their 6th blog posts. Students develop their presentation skills. EFL teacher checks and corrects students texts and helps them prepare their speeches. 

ICT teacher helps students with any technical issues they might have. 

Web Content Development (extended practice)
Students prepare texts and design a section on their web page related to a topic of their interest. EFL teacher checks and corrects the text for the students' blogs and encourages students to develop contents about a specific topic for their website.

ICT teacher guides students through the process of using HTML to add their contents to their website. 

Blog and Web Content Development (extended practice)
Students write text for their blog posts and develop content for their website. EFL teacher checks and corrects students' texts for their blogs, and encourages them to develop content for their website. 

ICT teacher assists students in using HTML to add their contents to their website. 

Filmmaking and Video Editing (Pre-Production)
Students prepare texts for their blog posts. Students develop a storyboard and prepare the script for the video they will produce. Students practice various shots and angles with different cameras. EFL teacher encourages students to develop content for their blog posts, as well as develop a storyboard, and prepare the script for the video.

ICT teacher assists students in practicing various shots and angles with different cameras.  


Filmmaking and Video Editing (Production)
Students develop contents for their blog posts. Students record their videos and learn the basics of video editing using a video editing tool. EFL teacher checks and corrects students' texts for their blog posts. 

ICT teacher helps students record videos and demonstrates the basics of video editing. 

Filmmaking and Video Editing (Post-Production) and Social Networks
Students prepare texts for their blog posts. Students finalize the editing stage of the video. Students promote contents online. EFL teacher checks and corrects students' texts for their blog posts. 

ICT teacher assists students in finalizing the editing stage of their video. 

ICT teacher demonstrates to students how to upload a video on a YouTube channel, and how to share and promote it on other social media.  

Promoting Content Online - Social Networks
Students are encouraged to continue blogging and be independent in developing contents for their blogs. Students are encouraged to share the contents they produced during the course on all social networks available to them. EFL teacher checks and corrects the text for the students' final blog posts. 

ICT teacher provides technical assistance to the students. 

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