Dialogue between Chinese language teaching and pop songs: Language in life; life in language

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Abstract

Our students learn standard language in the classroom yet cannot avoid coming across non-standard forms in songs, films and other forms of popular culture. A question often asked by language teaching educators is: whether popular culture and language teaching undermine or support each other. Language transmits thoughts and ideas. It is inextricably bound up with our emotions, ideas, values and cultures. How it is used cannot be separated from where it is used. A series of questions follow. Do the products of popular culture contaminate or facilitate language education? How can pop songs facilitate the delivery of language teaching? How can teachers use pop songs to give life to classroom language teaching? This research tries to explore the contents of Chinese pop songs and to analyze their place in new methods of language education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Citation

Ho, C. H. (2010, December). Dialogue between Chinese language teaching and pop songs: Language in life; life in language. Paper presented at the 2nd East Asian International Conference on Teacher Education Research: Teacher Education for the Future: International Perspectives, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.