Second language vocabulary acquisition through fan fiction on the Archive of Our Own

  • Júlia Zen Dariva Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Keywords: English language learners, Extensive reading, FLA, Foreign language acquisition, SLA


With the widespread diffusion of the internet and online archives, fan fiction is increasingly consumed by fans who do not speak English as a first language. It is therefore relevant to argue that fan fiction, especially as found on the fan-run Archive of Our Own, may work as a space for second language vocabulary acquisition. The high motivation and extensive engagement with forms of reading of fans who read and write fan fiction helps with vocabulary acquisition.