Teaching Younger Learners Junior/Senior High School Plenary Session
The Digital Generation’s Language Use and Abilities
As the use of digital technology continues to increase, the types of communicative competencies that are needed in this digital era are also evolving. Focusing on young people born after 2000 (whom I refer to as the “digital generation”), I address how they use digital technologies today and what kinds of communicative abilities are called for in this new era of advancing digital technology.
I am Professor of Educational Linguistics in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also directing the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at Penn. My research interests include language assessment and second and foreign language learning among children.