Digital Literacy of Digital Natives: An EFL Students Case

Meltem Huri Baturay*, Ahmet Erdost Yastibas**
*Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey.
**Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.
Periodicity:January - March'2022
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jet.18.4.18585

Abstract

Digital native EFL (i.e., English as a foreign language) students grew up with technology, so they are expected to use technology efficiently while learning or studying English. However, they may not use educational technologies to learn English as they may not be digitally literate. Therefore, the present study aimed to find out the digital literacy levels of digital native EFL students by focusing on Turkish EFL students. It was designed as a mixed-methods study. 38 Turkish EFL students participated in the study. The data were collected through the digital literacy scale and two open-ended questions appended to the scale. The quantitative data were analysed through descriptive statistics, and the qualitative data were content analysed. The quantitative findings have indicated that Turkish digital native EFL students had a medium level of digital literacy. The qualitative findings have also shown that most participants could use educational technologies well, while seventeen considered themselves digitally literate. The study's findings were discussed, and the pedagogical implications of the study were explained.

Keywords

Digital Literacy, Digital Natives, EFL Students

How to Cite this Article?

Baturay, M. H., and Yastibas, A. E. (2022). Digital Literacy of Digital Natives: An EFL Students Case. i-manager's Journal on Educational Technology, 18(4), 45-52. https://doi.org/10.26634/jet.18.4.18585

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