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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


Teachers of English are constantly seeking new and better materials to aid their students in learning the English language. Sometimes these materials are in the form of newspaper or magazine articles and advertisements to show how a grammatical pattern studied in the textbook is actually applied in the culture. Sometimes these materials are in the form of cultural artifacts such as clothing items or eating utensils. And very often these materials are in the form of pictures and photographs to give the student a visual representation of new words or grammatical patterns. Whatever the material, the teacher is constantly looking for something to give the language studied in the classroom greater clarity and authenticity.

In this work, the value of using cartoons for English language learning is presented. First, their value in conveying the cultural aspects of language is discussed. Next, techniques, methods, guidelines for the use of cartoons in conveying specific grammatical patterns are presented along with sample cartoons and exercises. Finally, the sociolinguistic value of cartoons is briefly presented. To put theory into practice, numerous cartoons are included in the final two sections of this work. The cartoons are accompanied by lesson plans which range from specific suggestions for the handling of the cartoons to general suggestions, and finally to cartoons which the reader is invited to try and plan activities for by himself ( although general suggestions are given after working through the section ). Hopefully, this work will open up a broad source for English language teaching materials.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Linguistics | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures