Battling for knowledge: How to use media literacy and Epic Rap Battles of History in a thematic lesson plan for teaching English

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Publication Student thesis
Title Battling for knowledge: How to use media literacy and Epic Rap Battles of History in a thematic lesson plan for teaching English
Author(s) Bergqvist, Maria ; Kronqvist, Runa
Date 2013
English abstract
In this paper, we looked at how media influence education and how to provide students with tools for analyzing media messages in order for them to be able to reflect on that influence and foster critical thinking. We summarized research on media literacy in English language teaching and discussed how that may increase students’ language learning and critical thinking skills. To concretize our findings we developed a lesson plan using a contemporary YouTube genre, Epic Rap Battles of History, and used that as a basis for our discussions. This resulted in a discussion on the advantages of using media literacy to teach English and practical examples of how to do this in an English 6 course. We show the importance of connecting language learning to practical application as well as providing students with opportunities to develop their analytical and critical skills.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Pages 40
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) media literacy
English language learning
ERB
critical thinking
language awareness
task authenticity
multimodality
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16234 (link to this page)

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