Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022 Pp. 237-250
A Systematic Literature Review on the Integration of Internet Memes in EFL/ESL
English and Translation Department
Saudi Electronic University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Received:07/31/2022 Accepted:10/26/2022 Published: 12/15/2022
As memes have become ubiquitous and embedded in the Internet and popular culture, a growing body of literature has investigated incorporating digital humor in the form of Internet memes as a new approach to increase learners’ motivation and engagement. This paper conducts a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) to examine the impact of humor and meme-related pedagogical activities on language learning and to provide guidelines for incorporating meme-based learning in language classrooms. It seeks to address the following question: What is the effect of meme-related pedagogical activities in EFL/ESL classrooms? The revealed findings should encourage instructors to adopt this innovative approach to meet the needs and expectations of today’s language learners. The results show that using meme-based learning in language classrooms increases learners’ motivation and interest in the topic; creates a positive, fun, interesting, and engaging learning environment; enhances retention and understanding of new concepts; and simplifies complex concepts and ideas. In light of the review’s findings, the paper suggests practical and instructional implications for implementing memes appropriately and effectively.
Keywords: EFL/ESL classrooms, humor, internet memes, systematic literature review
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