Critical media literacy and film discussions in secondary schools: A case study on Disney films

Szu-Yun WANG

Research output: ThesisHonours Projects (HP)


This research uses a qualitative approach to study the possibilities of using popular culture and films to promote Critical Media Literacy with Hong Kong secondary students by analyzing social justice ideologies in Disney films. Two critical post-film watching discussions were done with two groups of students with the same gender from form one on two Disney films, the 2017 film Beauty and the Beast and the 1998 cartoon Mulan, in a Hong Kong band two secondary school. The findings show that students held positive attitudes about having film screenings and discussions, and both group’s perspectives on race and gender representations on screen has either changed or being deepened. The findings suggested the need for ESL teachers to deploy popular culture and films as a resource for the development of students’ critical media literacy. Film discussions act as a suitable platform for students to voice out their ideas. The need for a closer collaboration among language teachers and liberal studies teachers and the formation of critical questions for film discussions are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Education (Honours)
  • CHANG, Benjamin Johnson, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Alt. title: 映後討論會對於香港中學生批判媒體識讀的影響:迪士尼電影的個案研究
  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B059
  • Course code: TLS4029


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