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Manga: A Motivating Multimodal Medium for Learning English

Manga: A Motivating Multimodal Medium for Learning English
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Author(s): Takako Yasuta (Fukushima Medical University, Japan)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 23
Source title: Exploring Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jason D. DeHart (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4313-2.ch009


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This chapter aims to illustrate the benefits of manga, or Japanese comics, as learning material in foreign language education for young adults, particularly in the Japanese college-level EFL context. The author has been conducting semester-long manga projects at universities in Japan, and this report is an accumulation of her major findings. This chapter introduces manga-based activities designed for college-level EFL courses in Japan. It describes how this approach assisted language learners in enhancing learning motivation, developing advanced linguistic knowledge focusing on writing skills, and sociolinguistic appropriateness in various registers. It also describes what language instructors should keep in mind when using manga in the classroom and tips for maximizing the effectiveness of manga-based lessons.

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