MEMES:
Witty Cultural Discourse
for An ELT Blast!
Andrés Ramos
From an infographic at:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542050...
Important Disclosures:
Slides modified from related webinar
Topic further elaborated from an infographic
Images by others ...
Ringing any ?
Ringing any ?
Diabeetus
Watch out, guys! We’re
dealing with…
You gotta work, [expletive
redacted]!
Uno, doh, treh, cuatro,...
“Oh, my God!” girl from
Friends, Ryan Locke’s
‘Jeah’, Grumpy Cat,
closeup memes…
Webinar Aims:
To review concepts related to memes
To explore cultural and linguistic value of memes
To reflect on ELT stra...
MEME:WTF (what the facts? ) on
Are they…
… aphorisms?
… idioms?
… rhymes / chants?
… primary source content?
MEME:WTF (what the facts? ) on
From Greek μίμηα [mi’
mε ma]= imitated
thing… … that “conveys the idea of a
unit of cultura...
… use?
… meaning?
… lexical units?
… sounds?
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT…
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT…
… use?
• Counting
• Expressing posession
• Talking about health
… meaning?
• Food / taste
• Qu...
LET’S COMMENT ON THIS MEME’S…
… use
… meaning
… lexical units
… sounds.
• Procedure / steps
• Strategies for language areas
• Suggestions for cultural context
• Ideas for production
Level ELT In...
• Find a meme in real examples
• Discover meaning or purpose (use)
• Come up with other contexts
• Use it for speaking and...
PRACTICEI:OriginalMeme
cheezburger.com
PRACTICEI:OtherContexts
PRACTICEI:OriginalMeme
cheezburger.com
PRACTICEI:OtherContexts
Once upon a time, [place some
brazenly, bluntly delivered b...
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Issues,relevance,commentary
palmbeachpost.com
eonline.com
Reflection in class:
Too much of something?
I...
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Understand,imitate,create
msn.com
http://laranaroja.com
eonline.com
Issue:
Beauty, at what cost?
Narrat...
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Understand,imitate,create
msn.com
http://laranaroja.com
eonline.com
Issue:
Too much well-being?
Thought...
• Awareness of meaning, function,
wordplay, lexical sets (i. e. discourse
markers), sounds or rhymes
• Explain meme or fin...
Helpful ELT Criteria:
Level
Target students
SLA processes
Graded tasks
EAP strategies
healthyplace.com
facebook.com/pitbullviavk.com
youtube.com/user/openenglishtv
Level
Target students
SLA processes
Graded tasks
EAP strategi...
PRACTICEII:
Origins,Wordplay&Rhyme
PRACTICEII:
Locallymeaningfulmemes
facebook.com/pitbullviavk.com
youtube.com/user/opene...
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Authenticity,apparentmisspeling
themetapicture.comatPinterest
•Figure out contexts for an isolated meme
• Search for historical or documentary source
• Explain cultural implications
• ...
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Perse,history,implications
Anne-MarieHaavistoviapinterest.com
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Perse,history,implications
Anne-MarieHaavistoviapinterest.com
over [legitimate cause
of anger / outrage]
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Perse,history,implications
Thinking of making memes
classroom worthy? Here’s how:
•Wordplay: Alliteration and fun help focus on meaning.
• Rhyme: Sou...
MEMESINTERSECTWITHESP:
Music,law,business,media
twitter.com
styleite.com
eonline.com
uspto.gov
uspto.gov
More Memes &
Pop Culture:
memebase.cheezburger.com
memecreator.org
memecenter.com
pinterest.com/AndresRamosVE/ (2 memes bo...
CULTURE-RICHMEMES:
Video,othermedia
Anne-MarieHaavistoviapinterest.com
[Short video available on webinar]
PRACTICEIII:
Techniquesfromprofessions
Related webinar:
http://bit.ly/3rdWebinarVenTESOL-AVEALMEC
Original infographic:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542050505122...
MEMES:
Witty Cultural Discourse
for An ELT Blast!
Andrés Ramos
From an infographic at:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542050...
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Do photos with catchy phrases, pop culture buzz, and smart lines make you laugh? If so, why not use them in the ELT classroom? Your possible reaction: "Say whaaaat (TF...OMG)?" with a Grumpy Cat face. Before the idea triggers "diabeetus" in you, let me elaborate: Digging further into their apparent frivolousness, discover their richness in authentic discourse, depth in meaning, accuracy in use and usage, in other words, what makes them amusing. These virally spreading snippets of cultural commentary are imitated because they encapsulate relevant insights of current events. Their wisdom is rewarded by listeners with a laugh, and appeal to the most serious adult's inner brat. We can help our students benefit from their playful creativity by matching them with helpful ELT criteria for creative and brilliant fun at the crossroads of language, culture, and life!

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  1. 1. MEMES: Witty Cultural Discourse for An ELT Blast! Andrés Ramos From an infographic at: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542050505122897649/
  2. 2. Important Disclosures: Slides modified from related webinar Topic further elaborated from an infographic Images by others in Fair Use All sources referenced, also own content Original research under Creative Commons 4.0
  3. 3. Ringing any ?
  4. 4. Ringing any ? Diabeetus Watch out, guys! We’re dealing with… You gotta work, [expletive redacted]! Uno, doh, treh, cuatro, dale!
  5. 5. “Oh, my God!” girl from Friends, Ryan Locke’s ‘Jeah’, Grumpy Cat, closeup memes…
  6. 6. Webinar Aims: To review concepts related to memes To explore cultural and linguistic value of memes To reflect on ELT strategies for memes To comment on sample memes for educational use To practice activities with memes. (Archived at http://bit.ly/3rdWebinarVenTESOL-AVEALMEC)
  7. 7. MEME:WTF (what the facts? ) on Are they… … aphorisms? … idioms? … rhymes / chants? … primary source content?
  8. 8. MEME:WTF (what the facts? ) on From Greek μίμηα [mi’ mε ma]= imitated thing… … that “conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation” (Dawkins, 1989); "a piece of thought copied from person to person.” (Wilkins, 1998)
  9. 9. … use? … meaning? … lexical units? … sounds? WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT…
  10. 10. WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT… … use? • Counting • Expressing posession • Talking about health … meaning? • Food / taste • Quantities • Math v. disease … lexical units? • Discourse markers • Collocations • Inst. utterances … sounds? • Transliteration • Vowel shift
  11. 11. LET’S COMMENT ON THIS MEME’S… … use … meaning … lexical units … sounds.
  12. 12. • Procedure / steps • Strategies for language areas • Suggestions for cultural context • Ideas for production Level ELT Initials Thinking of making memes classroom worthy? Here’s how:
  13. 13. • Find a meme in real examples • Discover meaning or purpose (use) • Come up with other contexts • Use it for speaking and writing. Thinking of making memes classroom worthy? Here’s how: Elementary A1 A2
  14. 14. PRACTICEI:OriginalMeme cheezburger.com PRACTICEI:OtherContexts
  15. 15. PRACTICEI:OriginalMeme cheezburger.com PRACTICEI:OtherContexts Once upon a time, [place some brazenly, bluntly delivered bad news here].
  16. 16. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Issues,relevance,commentary palmbeachpost.com eonline.com Reflection in class: Too much of something? Issue: Fitness, to what extent?
  17. 17. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Understand,imitate,create msn.com http://laranaroja.com eonline.com Issue: Beauty, at what cost? Narrative for meme: Before, after, and reaction
  18. 18. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Understand,imitate,create msn.com http://laranaroja.com eonline.com Issue: Too much well-being? Thought processes: Critical v. creative
  19. 19. • Awareness of meaning, function, wordplay, lexical sets (i. e. discourse markers), sounds or rhymes • Explain meme or find origin • Make locally meaningful memes from the one studied. Thinking of making memes classroom worthy? Here’s how: Intermediate B1 B2
  20. 20. Helpful ELT Criteria: Level Target students SLA processes Graded tasks EAP strategies healthyplace.com
  21. 21. facebook.com/pitbullviavk.com youtube.com/user/openenglishtv Level Target students SLA processes Graded tasks EAP strategies
  22. 22. PRACTICEII: Origins,Wordplay&Rhyme PRACTICEII: Locallymeaningfulmemes facebook.com/pitbullviavk.com youtube.com/user/openenglishtv [Place a ‘from / to’ aspirational tale with rhymes] [Place one trademark expression from this celebrity] [Ironic reply from transliterated mistake] [Movie line mistaken for above]
  23. 23. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Authenticity,apparentmisspeling themetapicture.comatPinterest
  24. 24. •Figure out contexts for an isolated meme • Search for historical or documentary source • Explain cultural implications • Elaborate on lexis, semantics, function, syntax, phonetics (suprasegmentals), or dialect • Write an essay or discuss in class • Find dynamic equivalents in L1 • Video or post a story with several memes • Make it viral! Thinking of making memes classroom worthy? Here’s how: Advanced C1 C2
  25. 25. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Perse,history,implications Anne-MarieHaavistoviapinterest.com
  26. 26. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Perse,history,implications Anne-MarieHaavistoviapinterest.com over [legitimate cause of anger / outrage]
  27. 27. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Perse,history,implications
  28. 28. Thinking of making memes classroom worthy? Here’s how: •Wordplay: Alliteration and fun help focus on meaning. • Rhyme: Sounds maximize brevity and recall. • Spelling: Use apparent misspelling and transliteration. • False etymology: Amusingly expose wrong formations. • Homophony: Words are learned; differences, discerned. • Advertising / Arts / Psy.: Bring techniques of their own. • Other careers: See how ESP terms, initials, meanings intersect with the mainstream and across languages. ELT EAP ESP Techniques
  29. 29. MEMESINTERSECTWITHESP: Music,law,business,media twitter.com styleite.com eonline.com
  30. 30. uspto.gov
  31. 31. uspto.gov
  32. 32. More Memes & Pop Culture: memebase.cheezburger.com memecreator.org memecenter.com pinterest.com/AndresRamosVE/ (2 memes boards) Research on trends: Vine, E!, MTV, Instagram
  33. 33. CULTURE-RICHMEMES: Video,othermedia Anne-MarieHaavistoviapinterest.com [Short video available on webinar]
  34. 34. PRACTICEIII: Techniquesfromprofessions
  35. 35. Related webinar: http://bit.ly/3rdWebinarVenTESOL-AVEALMEC Original infographic: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542050505122897649/ Further collaboration on my social media: Links to them in my SlideShare profile
  36. 36. MEMES: Witty Cultural Discourse for An ELT Blast! Andrés Ramos From an infographic at: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542050505122897649/

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