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Bronies learning English in the digital wild

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dc.contributor.author Shafirova, Liudmila
dc.contributor.author Cassany, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-23T22:06:42Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-23T22:06:42Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-01
dc.identifier.citation Shafirova, L., & Cassany, D. (2019). Bronies learning English in the digital wild. Language Learning & Technology, 23(1), 127–144. https://doi.org/10125/44676
dc.identifier.issn 1094-3501
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/44676
dc.description.abstract This article reports on fan practices, in English, among an international community of bronies—adult fans of the animated cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP). Originally directed at a target audience of young girls, MLP has become popular among men. These older male fans have been extremely active in producing multimodal and plurilingual fan practices. We explore how two different groups of bronies—one in Russia and the other in Spain—carry out fan practices in English. Applying digital ethnography, we describe six different cases of adult MLP fans. They both consume and create products such as fanfiction, translations, and fandubbing in different contexts with the use of sophisticated technologies. Not only do fandom practices allow these fans to develop digital identities and reach new audiences, they also help them to improve their English language skills—a task at which they reveal themselves to be both autonomous and self-critical. Regarding translation practices, we note several instances of bronies receiving mentoring from fellow fans who have a higher level of English. Finally, this article points out how, in the process of adapting their written output for global readerships, bronies can acquire some important transcultural skills.
dc.publisher National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa||Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin
dc.subject Fandom
dc.subject Collaborative Learning
dc.subject Digital Ethnography
dc.subject New Literacies
dc.title Bronies learning English in the digital wild
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10125/44676
prism.volume 23
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 127
prism.endingpage 144
Appears in Collections: Volume 23 Number 1, February 2019 Special Issue: CALL in the Digital Wilds


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