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Informatics The ability to read and write. See Digital literacy Medical communication The ability to read and understand written text, instructions and medically relevant materials. See health literacy, Science literacy.


Ability of a person to read, write, and speak English, and to solve problems sufficiently well to function in a job and in society.
[L. littera, letter]


(lit′ĕ-răt) [L. litteratus, marked with letters]
Being able to read and write, and to use written language as in understanding graphs, charts, tables, maps, symbols, and formulas. literacy (-ră-sē)

number literacy

The ability of patients to understand their lab values and make lifestyle adjustments accordingly.
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Hoping to have situated the author in relation to where the term 'literacy' comes from and what constitutes to be 'critical', we shall now discuss more specifically the new literacy studies or multiliteracies.
New Demands, New Concepts: The New Literacy Studies
Lankshear and Knobel (2003), for instance, have used the expression new literacy studies revisiting the notion of literacy from the 70s towards the very recent social transformations.
Concerning its characteristics, our research has come to the conclusion that from the perspective of the new literacy studies assessment is expected to be collaborative, situated and negotiated, in accordance with the emergent notion of 'knowledge' in the digital age.
From the perspective of the new literacy studies, the comfort of teaching and assessing objective and homogeneous linguistic contents is replaced by a wider spectrum of language teaching and assessing possibilities, whose key elements turn to be difference and critique.
By redefining the notions of language and knowledge, we, thus, assume that the new literacy studies from the last decades may offer very good insights to the field of foreign language teaching.
The new literacy studies draw attention to the constructed nature of all literacy practices.
It seems to me that the new literacy studies provide good evidence in support of the following points.
Research studies from the new literacy studies and from situated cognition both give primacy to the social.