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June 03, 2013

China

Pop culture helps students learn English

Teaching-English-in-China"An article today about Hong Kong teachers who are using pop culture to help students from less privileged backgrounds learn English as a second language

We are learning A, B, Cs
A, B, Cs are not easy
Our class name is 5D
5D also means "fai dee"

Composing bilingual rap with puns like these has helped students in a Band Three school in a working-class area build bridges between their Chinese mother tongue and English. By identifying more closely with hip hop and rap artists as role models for their own language learning, students develop identities as English-speakers, says Angel Lin, associate dean at the HKU faculty of education.

A pioneer of innovative interdisciplinary approaches to second language education, particularly for young people, she advocates entry points like these to create a fun, meaningful context for the use of English among students.

Read the full article from the South China Morning Post.

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