Fantasy, Romance, or Dark Academia? Exploring The Impact of using BookTok in English as a Foreign Language Literature Lessons

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2023-07-13
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This thesis aims to provide a first exploratory examination of the uses of BookTok in the EFL literature classroom. Currently, research into the practices of social reading, online reading communities and Self-Determination Theory suggest issues such as the steep decline in reading skills and motivation in Dutch secondary school students might be countered by including elements of autonomy, relatedness, and competence into literature and reading lessons. Incorporating results from two surveys, four learner reports, and video book reports, this thesis demonstrates the influences the use of BookTok in the EFL literature classroom can have on students in a 4 havo class in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It shows students using BookTok in their lessons end up choosing a much wider variety of novels, moving away from canonical books that are often read in school, as well as powerful reflections on personal reading experiences, and a small positive influence on reading motivation
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