English-Language Learners, Fan Communities, and 21st-Century Skills

Black, Rebecca W.
May 2009
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy;May2009, Vol. 52 Issue 8, p688
Academic Journal
The article discusses how technology and media can be utilized to promote 21st-century and digital literacy skills for English language learners (ELLs). The author discusses how globalization and technological diffusion require that students develop 21st-century skills and notes a study investigating the role of fan fiction in developing print and information literacy skills. He comments on how Internet use by young immigrants affects literacy practices and notes that technological literacy is required to participate in online fan communities. He discusses how fan communities can influence teaching methods.


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