Teaching information literacy to EFL writing classes

Susan Gilfert

This paper argues for the importance of teaching EFL students how to build information literacy strategies and skills. Literacy has many forms, most of which have been learned by the time a student enters university. EFL students have a variety of writing assignments in their university English classes. Not only do EF/SL writers need critical thinking skills to write academically, they also need to be able to analyze, organize and synthesize information from other sources for research. Beginning researcher-students are often daunted by the mysterious box that libraries and other information sources can seem to be. This paper describes a model information-literacy course, and presents a resource-evaluation checklist.