Developing New Literacies among Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades

Jill Castek, Donald J. Leu, Julie Coiro, Mileidis Gort, Laurie A. Henry, Clarisse O. Lima

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This chapter explores the learning potentials that exist at the intersection between language, literacy, and the Internet for multilingual learners. It suggests that, in addition to the foundational literacy skills required within traditional book and print technologies, the Internet requires new reading, writing, and communication skills. The authors use the integrated set of principles to analyze several instructional environments they viewed as exemplars for the acquisition and development of new literacies among multilingual learners in the elementary grades. With more than 176 languages spoken nationwide, the population of the United States is becoming increasingly diverse and multilingual. The number of Americans speaking a home language other than English has more than doubled since 1980. Promoting communicative and literate exchanges between and among students who use more than a single language system creates opportunities for developing expertise and knowledge in a variety of forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnology-Mediated Learning Environments for Young English Learners
Subtitle of host publicationConnections In and Out of School
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages44
ISBN (Electronic)9781000944501
ISBN (Print)9780805862324
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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