Volume 1, Issue 2 December 2019, pp. 68–90
Memeing to learning: Exploring meaning-making in a language-learning chat group
Meaning-making in a new era increasingly defined by digital communication is a complicated ensemble of both verbal and non-verbal modes. Following this trend of conveying information multimodally, digital memes have become a new and viral way to communicate and make meaning. Memeing, as a multimodal and social practice, may hold potential for language learners. This study explores the impact of memes on second language learning, examining how memes support meaning-making and language learning during intercultural encounters in an online chat group. Using a case study design, this article focuses on three Chinese L2 learners varying in language proficiency, learning motivation, and memeing engagement. The naturally-occurring memeing data (from 2016 to 2018) of a university-level student-run Chinese-English intercultural chat group was collected and analyzed together with individual interviews. The findings show that meaning-making and language learning were empowered by memeing in the intercultural chat group through remixing linguacultural messages, constructing identities, and developing social connections. This study concludes with meme-related pedagogical activities and a discussion of future research.
© Yiting Han
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Han, Y. (2019). Memeing to learning: Exploring meaning-making in a language-learning chat group. Technology in Language Teaching & Learning, 1(2), 68–90. https://doi.org/10.29140/tltl.v1n2.191
Intercultural education in times of restricted travel: Lessons from the Gaza Strip
Maria Grazia Imperiale
Intercultural Communication Education Published: 19 April, 2021, Volume 4(1), 22–38.
"I don't want to be stereotypical, but..."
Norwegian EFL learners' awareness of and willingness to challenge visual stereotypes
Cecilie Waallann Brown
Intercultural Communication Education Published: 20 December, 2019, Volume 2(3), 120–141.
"Writing like a health scientist": A translingual approach to teaching text structure in a diverse Australian classroom
Sue Ollerhead, Isobel Crealy, Rebecca Kirk
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published: 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), 77–90.
(Re)imagining a course in language and intercultural communication for the 21st century
Adriana Raquel Diaz, Paul J. Moore
Intercultural Communication Education Published: 29 December, 2018, Volume 1(3), 83–99.
A day in the life: Mapping international students' language learning environments in multilingual Sydney
Phil Benson, Philip Chappell, Lynda Yates
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published: 1 April, 2018, Volume 1(1), 20–32.
A developmental framework for online language teaching skills
Ursula Stickler, Regine Hampel, Martina Emke
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published: 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), 133–151.
A systematic review of written corrective feedback research in ESL/EFL contexts
Sin Wang Chong
Language Education & Assessment Published: 31 August, 2019, Volume 2(2), 57–69.
Adopting a dual focus to drive forward the fields of language education and language assessment
Heng-Tsung Danny Huang
Language Education & Assessment Published: 25 July, 2018, Volume 1(1), 1–2.
Advancing intercultural learning in world language education: Recent developments in pre-service teacher education in the U.S.
Intercultural Communication Education Published: 29 December, 2018, Volume 1(3), 110–122.
An essay on internationalism in foreign language education
Intercultural Communication Education Published: 22 August, 2018, Volume 1(2), 64–82.