Comic strips in language<br />classes<br /><ul><li>By: Lorena Palomares Chavez</li></li></ul><li>Questions<br />Haveyouevertried comic strips in yourclasses?<br />Whatkind of language can youteach<br />With comic strips?<br />
Do youwanttoknow…<br />whatis a comic strip?<br />Comic strips can be humorous <br />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<br />
Motivation<br />Funny<br />Cheerfulatmosphere<br />Facilitatevocabulary<br />Vocabulary and language can beused in context.<br />Grammaticalpoints can be introduce and practiced.<br />Improvecommunicative competence<br />Comic strips are authentic<br />Build up confidence<br />Advantages<br />
Comic strips can beusedtoteach a widevariety of skillsincluding:<br /><ul><li>Topracticedescribingcharactersusingadjectives (e.g., Garfield is a verytroublesomecat); </li></ul>Pedagogical Uses<br />-Tolearnsynonyms and antonymstoexpandvocabulary<br />-To introduce culture-specificonomatopoeia (e.g., Drip, dripforthesound of falling rain Bangrepresentingthesound of somethingcrashing, etc.).<br />
-Topracticewritingdirectspeech<br />Reportedspeech (Themansaid, “……….."); <br /><ul><li>Toimprovestudents' listeningbyreadingaloudtheaction in one of fourpanels in a comic strip and havingstudentsselectthecorrectpicture.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Topracticetellingthestory of a sequentially-ordered comic stripthat has beenscrambled up.
Toreinforcethe use of time-sequencetransitionwordstomaintaintheunity of a paragraphorstory (e.g., First, theboyleftforschool. Next, he . . .).
Adapting Comics and <br />for Classroom Teaching<br />to demonstrate high-frequency vocabulary in context<br />VOCABULARY<br />To illustrate idioms and expressions<br />Writetheenglishword of thispictures<br />Writetheenglishexpression of thesestatements<br />ENTREGAR. TRANSFERIR <br />QUE PASA?<br />QUE HAY DE MALO? <br />
To teach verbs and other parts of speech as examples of connected speech<br />Writethepast tense of theseverbs<br />WRITE:<br />COMPARE:<br />DETACH:<br />OPEN:<br />LIVE:<br />SEE:<br />WANT: <br />to simulate dialogues to inject humor into class sessions<br />to provide a basis for oral discourse and writing activities<br />to illustrate culture and values<br />