Breaking Down the Language Barrier: Using Pop Culture from Across the Globe to Teach Microeconomics

23 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2021

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Wayne Geerling

University of Texas at Austin

Jadrian Wooten

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

G. Dirk Mateer

UT-Austin

Florencia Gabriele

Emmanuel College

Date Written: January 20, 2021

Abstract

Economic educators have been teaching with pop culture for decades, but the idea of using foreign-language teaching resources to create a more inclusive and diverse classroom has only recently been taken up. This paper builds on the work of Wooten et al. (2020), who have shown how K-pop can be integrated into an English-language classroom. We expand on that work by compiling a set of 12 teaching guides using material from 12 different countries that demonstrate economic concepts commonly taught in a principles of microeconomics course. Al-Bahrani (2020) has called on educators to take a deliberate approach to diversifying their lecture material. It is our hope that, with time, broadly diverse and inclusive media will be ubiquitous when students are introduced to economics.

Keywords: inclusive teaching, diversity, media, teaching economics

JEL Classification: A20, A21

Suggested Citation

Geerling, Wayne and Wooten, Jadrian and Mateer, G. Dirk and Gabriele, Florencia, Breaking Down the Language Barrier: Using Pop Culture from Across the Globe to Teach Microeconomics (January 20, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3769681 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3769681

Wayne Geerling (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Department of Economics
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Jadrian Wooten

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ( email )

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G. Dirk Mateer

UT-Austin ( email )

Austin, TX 78705
United States

Florencia Gabriele

Emmanuel College ( email )

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Boston, MA 02115
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