EAL teachers’ professional learning about digital literacies: a socio-material perspective

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It is widely acknowledged that to be able to teach digital literacies as an integral part of second language (L2) education, teachers need to engage in relevant professional learning. However, there appears to be lack of understanding as to what counts as relevant professional learning (PL) for L2 contexts, which has its own specificities. In response to this problem, this paper draws on the survey data and explores how 33 English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers in Victoria (Australia) perceive their needs in terms of professional learning related to digital literacies. Utilising a sociomaterial theoretical perspective, this study found that EAL teachers engage in professional development (PD) about digital literacies in a number of ways. However, they believed the provision of PD was inadequate because there was an apparent disconnect between what they perceived they need and the current provisions especially in terms of the materiality of teaching digital literacies and its specificity for EAL settings. The paper concludes with implications for professional bodies and future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSITE 2019
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
EditorsKevin Graziano
Place of PublicationWaynesville NC USA
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781939797377
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
EventSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2019 - Las Vegas, United States of America
Duration: 18 Mar 201922 Mar 2019


ConferenceSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleSITE 2019
CountryUnited States of America
CityLas Vegas
Internet address


  • digital literacies
  • materiality
  • sociomaterial theory
  • professional learning
  • EAL

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