Our alphabet soup of English literacy proficiency is impressive—ELL, NNES, L1, L2, NFL, and more—but are you hip to DSL? DSL stands for “digital as a second language.”  The genesis of this acronym shows that we’re beginning to embrace this generation’s new literacies both in the composition classroom and beyond.  Despite rampant nihilism and hopelessness about “the leaders of tomorrow,” I can’t help but feel excited about this new epoch of communication we’re entering, a new chapter in rhetoric and composition studies’ history. And what’s more, I appreciate that the formulators of public opinion—at least in this article, in the U.K.—casted the future of digital literacies in a positive light. 

Teachers of Writing! Are You Hip to DSL?


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