Pop culture in English education

Learners today encounter various symbolic resources through digital media and pop culture. Yet, despite its omnipresence in learners’ daily lives, there is a research gap in the theoretical and conceptual development of pop culture in the context of ELT. In this research project, pop culture serves as a basis for discussing the importance of developing pop culture literacy in English education. This includes the theoretical and conceptual development of a pop culture discourse to shed light on the pedagogic potential of pop culture artefacts for English lessons.


Summer, T. (in preparation). Pop Culture in English Language Education: From Theory to Practice. Erich Schmidt Verlag.

Werner, V. & Summer, T. (2024). Pop Cultural Media as a Resource for Fostering Responsible World Citizens. In Chris Shei & James Schnell (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Mind Engineering. London: Routledge, 224-241. open access

Summer, Theresa (Ed.) (2020). Englisch 5-10 [Pop Culture], Heft 49. Friedrich Verlag, Hannover.