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ERIC Number: ED526420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Manga as a Teaching Tool: Comic Books without Borders
Kunai, Ikue; Ryan, Clarissa C. S.
California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Informed by theories about the use of pleasure-reading to develop students' overall English ability, this demonstration encouraged teachers to use manga (Japanese comics) in their classes. Manga and related comics from Korea, Taiwan, etc., are popular throughout the world for their emotionally-involving stories and high-quality art. Since these publications are aimed at a variety of demographic groups, including adults, many students in intensive English programs are already accustomed to reading manga in their native languages. English translations of manga are increasingly available and can be used in a variety of ways by teachers to increase student interest, particularly to help otherwise uninterested students read for pleasure in English. The use of manga in the classroom is particularly applicable to IEP teachers, but also to any instructor who may have many students from nations where manga is popular. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. P.O. Box 9200-338, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Tel: 559-366-4936; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)