Disney's Moana: a pedagogical tool for educators to zoom into Pacific languages and cultures

Boulard, Florence, and Craven, Allison (2021) Disney's Moana: a pedagogical tool for educators to zoom into Pacific languages and cultures. In: [Presented at the 23rd AFMLTA International Languages Conference]. From: 23rd AFMLTA International Languages Conference, 5-6 July 2021, Online Event.

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Abstract

According to Belgin (2007), the use of foreign language films in language teaching provide engaging, authentic and rich linguistic materials for all language learners. In 2016, the animated film Moana (also know as Vaiana and Oceania in some countries) was released, which tells the story of a young Pacific Islander girl who lives in Polynesia and needs to save her village from the dying natural environment. Moana is also the first Disney film to be translated in Pacific languages, including, Tahitian. While opportunities to learn about Pacific nations are limited within the current Australian curriculum, there are many elements within Moana that can be used by teachers (particularly French language teachers) in schools to increase knowledge of indigenous cultures and languages. We argue that the recent success of this particular Disney production could offer language teachers in Australia an ideal starting point to engage their students in meaningful learning which could help to challenge and deconstruct the various hegemonic dimensions associated with Pacific cultures, languages and people.

Item ID: 68855
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: Disney, Pedagogy, Pacific Studies, Media Studies
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 03:18
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies @ 25%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4513 Pacific Peoples culture, language and history > 451305 Pacific Peoples culture @ 25%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130201 Communication across languages and culture @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130205 Visual communication @ 25%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2110 Pacific Peoples education > 211099 Pacific Peoples education not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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