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W8 Q1 - Suha
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October 21, 2021 - 6:53 pm

Drawing on this week’s readings, it is evident that literacy practices for students have been changing with the advent of the internet, especially the spread of Web 2.0 or social media platforms. Even though the NYT article dates more than a decade back, one can say if the changes were evident, then new trends and changes are being recognized today, with technology and the web having become an inseparable element of all aspects in one’s life.

Keeping this development in mind, I would like to propose the development of three literacies that scholar teachers need to equip themselves with. The first of course, is digital literacy. Children are born today with screens in front of them, and therefore their minds are developing keeping these and screens as part of their natural environment. Therefore, to utilize this natural environment in the process of teaching how to read and write, it is necessary for teacher-scholars to train ourselves in the digital ways of reading and writing.

The second kind of literacy I propose is emotional literacy. Teaching and learning how to read and write don’t need to be a task like it used to be. Instead, understanding the students’ emotional capacities, seeing how this interacts with their technological surroundings, and using these insights into teaching how to read and write will perhaps prove to be far more fruitful.

Finally, the third literacy that I recommend is cultural literacy. History has seen a dominance of the English language, and its literacy practices being used to suppress local and regional languages. However, the time spent on the internet by the youth has given them exposure to the linguistic and cultural diversity present across the world. This needs to be kept in mind while devising literacy teaching practices to diverse students.

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October 23, 2021 - 12:56 pm

Hi Suha!

You have talked about important literacies, including digital ones. Personally, I am so captivated with digital media, and it really helped me on my career path. However, what do you think about the time that should be allocated to this? Should be there limitations on this?

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October 24, 2021 - 8:54 am

Thanks for your question, Abdu! I think what I was hoping to advocate for is a redesign in the way we look at teacher education programs, where these literacies are built into programs that students teachers pass through. There are some courses that teachers have to take on class room management, for example, that is offered to student teachers training to teach across disciplines. Exposure to and training in these literacies will enable these teacher educators to be more equipped in handling the diversities that their students come with, and not leave them pedagogically under-prepared. I hope I was able to answer your question!

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