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.
|Published - 2010