Attitudes toward multimedia (karaoke) and popular culture when learning English as a foreign language in Taiwan
Chen-Yin Lee, University of Northern Colorado, United States
University of Northern Colorado . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to investigate if learners' motivation improved when popular songs as authentic material and karaoke as an authentic environment were introduced to the process of learning English as a foreign language. Learners' perceived value of the classroom activity was also examined. Participants were 97 college students enrolled in English courses at a private university located in Taipei. Two intact classes were randomly assigned to either Chinese or English discussion/writing groups, and ten collaborative teams were organized in each class. Each team selected a preferred popular English language song to teach to the rest of the class. This karaoke activity was designed to promote listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills through the English lyrics. One class discussed and wrote in English, and the other class discussed and wrote in Chinese. Both the classroom use of popular songs as authentic material and karaoke as an authentic environment were motivating to learners and perceived as valuable. This has implications for educators as they design teaching strategies for effective outcomes. Recommendations were provided for further research.
Lee, C.Y. Attitudes toward multimedia (karaoke) and popular culture when learning English as a foreign language in Taiwan. Ph.D. thesis, University of Northern Colorado.
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