The Integration of 21th Century Skills into English Language ‎Learning

Fahad Saud Albahlal


This research aimed to explore the 21st century skills and how these skills can be integrated or incorporated into English language learning. With a focus on English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context, the researcher explores the 21st century skills reported in the relevant literature and overviewed the role and location of 21st century skills in EFL classroom. In order to achieve the research goals, the researcher used the descriptive approach with its qualitative dimension. Furthermore, the research findings are deductively made based on a study of the relevant literature and the relevant data collection resources. The findings of the study showed that 21st century skills are highly essential in the educational systems of the developed countries and in the educational system, especially in the English language learning domain. It was revealed that the researchers have varied in their introduction of the 21st century skills and that the basic 21st century skills comprised the communication, cooperation, problem-solving, ICT skills, critical thinking, decision making, creativity, innovation, personal and social responsibility, citizenship, etc. On the other hand, it is shown that 21st century skills play a major role for EFL students in their EFL classes due to the universality of English language and due to the needs of the knowledge-based economy. The research presented a set of steps or strategies that for the integration of 21st century skills into English language learning. Finally, the need for major change in English language curriculum and teachers' awareness were the major recommendations of this research.


Incorporation, 21th Century Skills, English Language, Literacy, EFL, Classroom

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