In order to improve the quality of the material we use in our classes, using authentic material as cartoons and comics may enrich a variety of groups in many teaching environment.
There is no person who doesn’t like reading something funny or that is appealing, and those learners who are usually reluctanct to participate in the classes are the first to discuss comics.
Comics require students’ thoughts, feelings and opinions about the situation portrayed through visual and linguistic elements and codes.
You can not only teach vocabulary and language structures through comics, but you can also help students:
- describe pictures making using adjectives recently learned,
- learn synonyms and antonyms to expand vocabulary,
- practice formation of different verb tenses,
-practice story telling,
-write a story using a comic as a starting point, etc.
There are thousands of activities you can create using comics. I found these activities on Spiderman and I’m really eager to use them! There are also thousands of websites with useful information you can profit from, for example:
Education Cartoons for Teachers (oh, the one on icons, my old favourite one!)