Literacy for the 21st century learner encompasses a broad set of skills and competencies, integrated across the Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs of study. These skills are manifested when students are engaged in authentic, relevant and meaningful learning contexts. Each student must develop competency in reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, representing and numeracy as foundational skills for 21st century learning. Literacy learning involves effective use of:
- Personal and social skills such as collaboration, communication, leadership and self-direction
- Digital age literacy that includes cultural competence, global awareness, accessing information from a variety of texts and effective use of technology and tools
- Learning and thinking skills such as inquiry based learning, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, number sense, higher order thinking, meta-cognition and and intellectual engagement.
The 21st century learner embraces the pluralism of the contexts in which these skills are applied.
The 21st century literacy encourages student interaction with a community of learners and promotes self-directed learners.
Quality assessment and instruction are paramount to the teaching and learning of literacy in language and in all other curricular areas.