Title: A review of studies on digital competence in teaching English as a foreign language


Vol. 11(3), 2023, pp. 82-101.



Author: Tuğba Yalçin

About the author: Tuğba Yalçin is an MA student who is currently working on her dissertation project in the Department of English Language Teaching at Sakarya University. She received her undergraduate degree from the Department of English Language Teaching, Yıldız Technical University. She has been working as an English language teacher at a public school since 2013. She is interested in new approaches and methods in ELT, materials design with the help of Web 2.0 tools, conducting e-Twinning projects funded by the EU, and the integration of digital technologies in teaching English.


ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3128-6331


Author: Assist. Prof. Elif Bozyiğit, PhD

About the author: Dr. Elif Bozyiğit has been working as an assistant professor doctor in the Department of Foreign Language Education at Sakarya University, where she has been working since 2013. She received her undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees from Gazi University. She took part in many undergraduate and graduate level courses, publications, and project activities on foreign language education, teacher education, reflective practices, adult education, child education, digital competence, outdoor practices, and qualitative research methods. With these experiences, she continues to carry out academic studies in the field of foreign language education and to give lectures at undergraduate and graduate levels.

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5258-7638




Citation (APA style): Yalçin, T., & Bozyiğit, E. (2023). A review of studies on digital competence in teaching English as a foreign language. Studies in Linguistics, Culture, and FLT, 11(3), 82-101.


Abstract: This review aims to highlight how digital competence and English as a foreign language were addressed in research and how the integration of digital tools in the teaching and learning process was reflected in the pertinent research area. For that purpose, it examines the studies published in notable journals between 2017 and 2022. Criteria-based review approach was used to search the relevant articles. Following this approach, review of 24 articles was categorized under five main themes; a) article distribution into years, and according to the contexts, b) target groups as participants in the studies, c) focal points of the relevant research, d) methodological tendencies in the studies and e) implications drawn from studies. As a result of the analysis of the papers, the review suggests that digital competence needs being inspected from different perspectives relating it to psychological constraints. Further, longitudinal studies and action research can yield more fruitful results to understand the dimensions of teacher digital competence.

Keywords: Criteria-based review approach, digital competence, EFL, language teaching, teachers


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