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Preparing English Teachers with Critical Media Literacy for the Digital Age

, , UCLA, United States

CITE Journal Volume 20, Number 1, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


This essay addresses the potential for English teachers to prepare their students for the literacy requirements of our digital age. We review the literature about media education and teacher preparation, focusing on the need for students to think critically about the information, technology, and media they interact with daily. Based on our experiences teaching a critical media literacy course in a university teacher education program, we designed a survey for former students to comment on their successes and struggles in bringing the ideas from the course to their K-12 students. Through this online survey, we questioned secondary English teachers and elementary teachers about the critical media literacy teaching they have been doing with their students. We also interviewed an exemplar secondary English teacher who regularly incorporates critical media literacy into her instruction. The data from the literature, surveys, and interview provide examples of the potential English teachers have to teach with and about media, and to analyze media critically.


Share, J. & Mamikonyan, T. (2020). Preparing English Teachers with Critical Media Literacy for the Digital Age. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 20(1), 37-54. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved May 25, 2020 from .