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"Feelings are for sissies": Using television to teach tolerance
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study sought to explore how students view the use of television series in English language learning and how these attitudes and opinions, gathered through the use of a questionnaire, could shape a lesson about tolerance in which a television show dealing with the issue of homophobia was shown to a high school class. The questionnaire data revealed that the majority of respondents thought positively of the use of television shows in their English classes, but that students did not necessarily think that cultural skills were developed best by television. The lesson carried out among these same students showed that students were conscious of different sexualities and gender norms but not sensitive enough to refrain from mocking homosexual stereotypes. It was evidenced by the written work produced by students that the important messages featured in the television show, i.e. bullying, sterotyping, and exclusion were understood; the students’ mocking behavior could represent the gap between comprehension and internalization which a skilled teacher could assist in filling. Television shows will likely remain a considerable aspect of popular culture, and English teachers in Sweden are well-served by taking advantage of this enormous source of material that teaches both language and culture.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, education, teaching, ESL, English, television, TV, tolerance, sexuality, homosexuality, homophobia, high school
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49141Local ID: 6881356c-56d2-44a0-9333-1a4103aae5fcOAI: diva2:1022486
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Education, master's level
Validerat; 20130623 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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