LINGUIST List 30.2901

Wed Jul 24 2019

Calls: Applied Linguistics/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 24-Jul-2019
From: Valentin Werner <>
Subject: Pop Culture in Applied Linguistics and Language Education
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Full Title: Pop Culture in Applied Linguistics and Language Education
Short Title: S113

Date: 09-Aug-2020 - 14-Aug-2020
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Contact Person: Valentin Werner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Sep-2019

Meeting Description:

(Session of World Congress of Applied Linguistics)

Pop culture is ubiquitous in its various manifestations (such as pop music, shows and movies available in cinemas, on TV and streaming services, YouTube clips, podcasts, comics, cartoons, memes, video games, etc.). “Pop language” thus also plays a pervasive and highly relevant role in the lives of many language learners. Given this large social impact and many favorable theoretical arguments for using pop culture (from various fields of study such as the psychology of learning and motivation, sociology, language pedagogy, and SLA theory) in language education, it is surprising that to date the use of relevant artifacts and their language has been undertheorized and underresearched in the applied linguistic community.

To address this gap, this symposium aims to provide a platform for empirically informed research that addresses both theoretical concerns and practical implications. More specifically, it focuses on how pop culture materials can be exploited for the development of individual language skills areas and welcomes case studies on how pop culture can be used in language education both in and beyond the language classroom. The symposium also invites papers that extend the perspective to interdisciplinary work (e.g. tackling media literacy and multimodal literacy) through using pop culture materials.

Featured speaker: Joe Trotta (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Organizers: Valentin Werner (University of Bamberg, Germany) & Friederike Tegge (Massey University, New Zealand)

Call for Papers:

Submission Link (Symposium S113):

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