Critical reading and use of comics in teaching French as a foreign language
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/4152
EDITED VERSION: https://library.iated.org/view/MIGUEZALVAREZ2022CRI
UNESCO SUBJECT: 5701 Lingüística Aplicada ; 58 Pedagogía
DOCUMENT TYPE: conferenceObject
Adapting teaching to all learning styles is a very difficult feat. However, it is desirable for teachers to diversify learning methods as much as possible and to take into account individual differences to improve the chances of success for as many learners as possible. The present research provides a methodological proposal on the multiple possibilities of comics as a tool in the field of foreign languages, focusing on the possible uses of comics with French as a Foreign Language (FFL) students guided towards the reading, analysis and comprehension of academic texts mixed with concepts and expressions of the current society. The results indicate possible positive effects on vocabulary development and motivation towards reading and overcoming language barriers in reading authentic material using context and prior knowledge. Therefore, the comic book is an excellent tool for developing students' reading competence in a foreign language, which aims not only to serve as a way of learning the linguistic characteristics of the target language, but also to learn about the sociocultural reality of said language (both current and past) and to arouse curiosity towards its artistic and cultural representations. In addition, it is a format that increases students’ motivation by creating a relaxed atmosphere in the classroom in which teamwork and reflection are encouraged.
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