Questions Haveyouevertried comic strips in yourclasses? Whatkind of language can youteach With comic strips?
Do youwanttoknow… whatis a comic strip? Comic strips can be humorous A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions
Motivation Funny Cheerfulatmosphere Facilitatevocabulary Vocabulary and language can beused in context. Grammaticalpoints can be introduce and practiced. Improvecommunicative competence Comic strips are authentic Build up confidence Advantages
Comic strips can beusedtoteach a widevariety of skillsincluding:
Topracticedescribingcharactersusingadjectives (e.g., Garfield is a verytroublesomecat);
Pedagogical Uses -Tolearnsynonyms and antonymstoexpandvocabulary -To introduce culture-specificonomatopoeia (e.g., Drip, dripforthesound of falling rain Bangrepresentingthesound of somethingcrashing, etc.).
(i.e., changingthepresent tense of theaction in thestriptothepast tense).
Creating comic strips SUMMARY: Studentswillpracticewritingskills in a fun a creativemanner. Thewillcreatetheirown comic stripsusingtemplatesgiven. “Learners are askedtogenerate Peronal responses tosomething In thetext, responses which Necessitatetheproduction of Original discourse” (Hirvela 1996, 128)
Adapting Comics and for Classroom Teaching to demonstrate high-frequency vocabulary in context VOCABULARY To illustrate idioms and expressions Writetheenglishword of thispictures Writetheenglishexpression of thesestatements ENTREGAR. TRANSFERIR QUE PASA? QUE HAY DE MALO?
To teach verbs and other parts of speech as examples of connected speech Writethepast tense of theseverbs WRITE: COMPARE: DETACH: OPEN: LIVE: SEE: WANT: to simulate dialogues to inject humor into class sessions to provide a basis for oral discourse and writing activities to illustrate culture and values