Possible Affordances of The Use and Production of Digital Texts to Better Accommodate a Competency-Based Approach in College-level ESL Courses

ID: 48667 Type: Brief Paper: Other
  1. Nolan Bazinet, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Tuesday, June 28 4:00-4:20 PM Location: Pavilion Ballroom A

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Abstract: Almost two decades after an education overhaul in the province of Quebec, Canada, ESL teachers are still reconciling the imposed competency-based approach with the realities their students will encounter post-graduation. Though competency-based ESL teaching has significant advantages, it is not without its critics, many of which echo the challenges of the ever-changing reality of postgraduate life, revolving more and more around digital technology. The aim of this paper is to present results of an in-depth interview with a teacher who has instituted a digital, multiliterate pedagogy, in which he discusses the possible benefits, challenges, and perceived affordances of such a pedagogical approach.


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