Skills for Success defines Digital as the ability to use digital technology and tools to find, manage, apply, create and share information and content.

Discover the language in Digital

Digital requires finding, interpreting and conveying information and ideas via digital technology. It involves listening, speaking, reading and writing, often in combination; for example:

  • Interpreting and using menus to navigate digital content and accomplish digital tasks, such as printing or opening a file.
  • Locating relevant content using search functions and keywords; skimming and scanning search results for relevance.
  • Following instructions to complete digital tasks.
  • Giving explanations for digital tasks, using technical jargon where needed, and adapting language to suit the listener’s digital competence.
  • Identifying sources of digital information and evaluating them for credibility and bias; citing digital sources.
  • Interpreting digital messages to recognize fraud, including phishing and identity theft.
  • Labelling files and folders to keep organized; identifying file extensions for file types.
  • Composing texts that are appropriate to the digital platform.
  • Completing digital forms.
  • Issuing voice commands or record voice messages.
  • Participating in live technology-mediated interactions.

Explore work-related examples at each CLB stage

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) describe communicative ability in English as a Second Language (ESL). The CLB organize 12 benchmarks into three stages of ability: Stage I (Basic), Stage II (Intermediate) and Stage III (Advanced).

Learners may already possess Digital skills but lack the English language to demonstrate them. For this reason, there is no direct correspondence between Digital and CLB levels.

The examples below show the language involved in demonstrating Digital.