Exploring the Information Literacy Experiences of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Learners: A Discussion of Methods

  • Jessica Elmore
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


The paper shares the early stages of doctoral research; discussing the research questions, methods and pilot study findings. The full research will be a longitudinal case study of three community ESOL classes in England. ESOL learners are adult migrants who are learning English and are typically very different from the higher education student who is the focus of much information literacy research. The paper discusses the challenges of the pilot study and looks forward to the full data collection which will use a range of participatory methods.


Information literacy ESOL Adult education Participatory methods Language learning 



The researcher is funded by a University of Sheffield Faculty Scholarship and supervised by Ms. Sheila Webber and Dr. Peter Stordy.


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  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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