Chapter 9. Lessons from the fandom
This chapter builds upon work in media and fandom studies to explore the use of fandoms (online networks of fans of books, movies, bands, etc.) and fandom tasks as pedagogical tools in technology-enhanced language classes. This fandom-oriented task-based approach to computer-assisted language learning (CALL) looks at the creative and practical work of several online fandoms, and focuses on examples of four different technology-mediated language tasks that offer both technological and linguistic continuity with language learners’ target online activities. The chapter explores the linguistic skills and proficiency levels targeted by each of the four tasks and discusses curriculum implications. Finally, this chapter concludes with a discussion of specific technology-influenced pedagogical considerations associated with fandom tasks.