Pop lyrics and mobile language learning: Prospects and challenges

Faculty/Professorship: English and Historical Linguistics  
Author(s): Werner, Valentin  ; Lehl, Maria; Walton, Jonathan
Title of the compilation: Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Corporate Body: Information Resources Management Association
Publisher Information: Hershey, PA : IGI Global
Year of publication: 2019
Pages: 342-359
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7663-1.ch016
Pop lyrics represent a rich, but underused resource in language teaching in both institutional and informal contexts. This is striking in view of analyses from the fields of motivational and cognitive psy-chology, didactics as well as linguistics, which all provide evidence for the inherent potential of pop lyrics. This paper will first take a closer look at arguments in favor of exploiting pop lyrics for learning purposes. Next, it will outline gateway steps and potential difficulties on the way toward using lyrics in a video/lyrics app tailored to the requirements of an informal, gamified and learner-centered setting. In conclusion, the authors suggest that pop lyrics can be used effectively to establish a connection to the world of the learner both within and beyond the language classroom. However, there remain a number of technical and methodological challenges that have to be overcome to create a fully adaptable and flexible framework for using lyrics in mobile-assisted language learning.
Keywords: pop culture, lyrics, CALL, MALL, language learning
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/45339
Year of publication: 21. February 2019
Awards: Habilitationspreis des Deutschen Anglistenverbands