Pop music in informal foreign language learning: A search for learner perspectives

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    There is currently little information about the kinds of foreign language pop music, songs and activities used by language learners in informal learning contexts. This systematic analysis provides an overview of research from 2010-2020 in an attempt to describe how foreign language learners find, listen to, and engage with pop songs from another country or culture and how this can lead to increased informal language learning, using qualitative observations and interview responses found in published articles to conduct thematic analysis using grounded theory. Thematic analysis resulted in six themes within the peer-reviewed qualitative journal articles, and we argue that more research is needed into learner perspectives and about how learners engage autonomously with L2 pop music in informal language learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)251-285
    Number of pages46
    JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics
    Issue number2
    Early online date31 May 2022
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2022


    • Informal foreign language learning
    • Pop music
    • Songs and singing
    • Learner perspectives
    • Thematic analysis


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