Learning through sharing: enhancing critical engagement with popular culture content using social media in a second language context.

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This chapter reports on the findings of a novel action research project regarding an undergraduate general education course about popular culture at a university in Hong Kong where English is not the students’ first language. The course is delivered in an interactive, student-centered lecture/tutorial fashion with an online discussion component on a dedicated class Facebook group. By qualitatively analyzing Facebook comments, we are able to demonstrate that students benefited from the use of an out-of-class social media site to share their ideas, opinions, and feelings about the Popular Culture course content. Students are motivated to use their second language when engaging in relatable popular culture topics and interacting in online and offline contexts. This enhances their cognitive and communicative abilities, and further develops critical awareness by blending academic concepts with everyday life experiences of popular culture using a popular social media site.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPop Culture in Language Education
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, Practice
EditorsValentin Werner, Friderike Tegge
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages166
ISBN (Electronic)9780367808334
ISBN (Print)9780367644895, 9780367365417
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Language Education

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