Teaching Media Literacy to ESL and EFL Students in the Age of COVID-19


  • Joshua Gaston Webster University




Media literacy education is a field that is fraught with disagreement over definitions, approaches, principles, and purposes, but teaching media literacy is arguably needed now more than ever before, especially for ESL and EFL students. From the research available, it appears as though many ESL and EFL students are not taught media literacy in their home countries. Additionally, much of the research that does exist in regards to teaching media literacy to ESL and EFL students focuses on forms of media that are no longer relevant to most learners. Since ESL and EFL teachers support the development of their students’ English-language skills, it is justifiable that at least some of the responsibility of media literacy education should fall on their shoulders. The widespread transition to virtual learning as a result of COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity for ESL and EFL teachers to teach media literacy to their students. However, because this period also presents numerous challenges to the public’s collective media literacy skills, it is imperative that teachers integrate media literacy education into their pedagogy.

Keywords: media literacy, ESL, EFL, COVID-19

Author Biography

Joshua Gaston, Webster University

Joshua Gaston teaches media literacy at Webster University, Webster Groves, MO; email [email protected].

Media Literacy ESL Students (Gaston, 2020)




How to Cite

Gaston, J. (2020). Teaching Media Literacy to ESL and EFL Students in the Age of COVID-19. GATESOL Journal, 30(1), 48–58. https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.107



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