1st Edition

Pop Culture in Language Education Theory, Research, Practice

Edited By Valentin Werner, Friederike Tegge Copyright 2021
    304 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Pop Culture in Language Education provides comprehensive insight on how studies of pop culture can inform language teaching and learning. The volume offers a state-of-the-art overview of empirically informed, cutting-edge research that tackles both theoretical concerns and practical implications.

    The book focuses on how a diverse array of pop culture artifacts such as pop and rap music, movies and TV series, comics and cartoons, fan fiction, and video games can be exploited for the development of language skills. It establishes the study of pop culture and its language as a serious subfield within language education and applied linguistics and explores how studies of pop culture, its language, and its non-linguistic affordances can inform language education at various levels of proficiency and with various learner populations.

    Presenting a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research approaches including case studies on how pop culture has been used successfully in language education in and beyond the classroom, this book will be of great interest for academics, researchers, and students in the field of language education, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics, as well as for language teachers and materials developers.


    1 Learning languages through pop culture/learning pop culture through language education

    Valentin Werner & Friederike Tegge

    Part I: The language of pop culture and language skills areas

    2 Teen talk in TV series as a model of linguistic innovation and emotional language

    Silvia Bruti

    3 Swear/taboo words in US TV series: Combining corpus linguistics with selected insights from screenwriters and learners

    Monika Bednarek

    4 Exploring the vocabulary of rap lyrics

    Friederike Tegge & Averil Coxhead

    5 Teaching grammar through pop culture

    Valentin Werner

    Part II: Pop culture and classroom practice

    6 Going beyond the surface with pop culture: Using humorous cartoon series to explore social issues in the foreign language classroom

    John Rucynski

    7 Political comics and cartoons in language education: Suggestions for Arabic as a Foreign Language in classrooms in the USA

    Sadam Issa

    8 Eco-songs in foreign language education

    Theresa Summer

    9 Learning through sharing: Enhancing critical engagement with pop culture content using social media in a second language context

    Anne Peirson-Smith & Lindsay Miller

    10 Foreign language students, pop culture, and university degree thesis projects

    Joe Trotta

    Part III: Beyond the classroom

    11 Pop culture in teaching Chinese as an additional language: Theory, research, and practice

    Raymond Pai & Patricia A. Duff

    12 "Watch out! Behind you is the enemy!" An exploratory study into the relationship between extramural English and productive vocabulary knowledge

    Lieven Bollansée, Eva Puimège & Elke Peters

    13 Levelling up comprehensible input and vocabulary learning: The lexical profile of videogames

    Michael P. H. Rodgers & Julian Heidt

    14 Pedagogically mediating engagement in the wild: Trajectories of fandom-based curricular innovation

    Shannon Sauro & Steven L. Thorne

    Part IV: Sociocultural and culture-critical considerations

    15 Teaching "authenticity" of media and pop culture texts

    Andrew Moody

    16 The new normal: English language learning, pop culture, and the politics of investment

    Awad Ibrahim

    17 The use of K-Pop culture in a critical EAP classroom

    Hyeyoung Jung & Graham V. Crookes


    Valentin Werner is Assistant Professor at the department of English and Historical Linguistics of the University of Bamberg, Germany.

    Friederike Tegge is a Research Associate at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa/Massey University and an English teacher at Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

    "This volume convincingly shows why pop culture must have a firm place in foreign language education- You cannot teach a language without teaching its (popular) culture."

    Maria Eisenmann, Professor of English Didactics, University of Würzburg, Germany

    “The prevalence of and widespread access to multilingual popular cultural artifacts make them a very real part of our everyday lives, and interacting with pop culture requires skills to manage and negotiate meanings. Decoding the language of popular culture is a fruitful exercise for all consumers, but foreign language students in particular may have the most to gain from such an endeavor.  Pop Culture in Foreign Language Education not only acknowledges popular cultural capital but also definitively establishes the educational value of popular cultural materials. The range and diversity of artifacts included in the analyses and the inclusion of chapters which take turns highlighting methodology, application, and theory contribute to a multi-purpose volume that appeals to students and teachers alike.”

    Kristy Beers Fägersten, Professor of English Linguistics, Södertörn University, Sweden.

    "On the whole, Pop culture in language education is a pleasant and useful read. As a comprehensive volume that includes a range of pop culture artifacts and offers insights into their features and potential use in language classrooms, it can be a practical resource book for language educators and relevant stakeholders."

    Duy Van Vu, International Journal of Applied Linguistics