Teaching ESL

Trying Archie comics with teens
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Author:  Fifi [ Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Trying Archie comics with teens

Hi everyone,

I used to love my Archie comics when I was younger and I thought I'd order a Collectors Set and try to get my teens (12 up to 15) reading them.
This might get them more motivated to learn those verbs in the simple
past and other tenses!! :D

I hope it works...the comics themselves don't cost much...it's the postage that's expensive!! If they don't read them...then I will.

Has anyone tried comics to get students reading English?

I'll give my 8 students a comic towards the end of the lesson and let them
read for about 10 mins. Enough to get them hooked so that they want to continue next week. I've tried I Love English magazines but those didn't really appeal to them.

Any ideas would be most welcome.

Author:  patrick [ Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:59 pm ]
Post subject: 

You might try a couple of samples before you go off and buy a whole set of Archie comic books...

http://www.archiecomics.com/comic_shop/ ... tacks.html

Author:  Fifi [ Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Thanks!! That's a great idea!!

Thanks Patrick, that's a great idea.

I'll still get some as I can pass them
on to :D other bi-lingual teens.

Author:  andiusaugustus [ Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:15 pm ]
Post subject:  comics

Getting the kids into English comics is a great idea. Also, when they've had a chance to do some reading and get a feel for the verb tenses, why not have them design a short comic strip of their own?

Could be interesting.

Author:  Fifi [ Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Comics have got them interested in reading in English!!

Well just to let you know that the teens aged from 13 to 15 loved the Archie comics that I printed up and want more. :D

I asked them to let me know if they needed my help but they guessed most of what they were reading which is also part of the learning process.

Some simple words (maybe) they didn't know or an expression (I'm worn out) but on the whole, they liked the characters and want to read more Archie comics!! So that's got to be positive. :-D

I'll see if they want to draw their own....these Swiss students are not like Asian students and don't seem to have much imagination. :smt004
It's just not part of their culture, I guess?? :D

Author:  MojaMoja [ Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:20 pm ]
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I'm sure you already found this site, but rather than mailing them, you may want to download them, or buy them online, and colour print them.

Here is the Archie online site

There are also short form daily comics that you can print at:
www.archiecomics.com/pops_shop/dailycom ... comic.html

You can find many of your favourite characters sites and it won't cost the postage.

Author:  Fifi [ Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Already have some!!


I've already got my comics and the teens love them. :D
So it was worth the postage from the US. :-D

I've got 13 comics so they have plenty to swap and lots of
reading to do. :D

I've also found my Richie Rich comics if they want to keep
reading English. :D

As I've got 3 teenage groups...I can use the comics with all
3 groups...and they do like handling the real thing compared to
when I printed up pages for them. :D

Thanks anyway for your comments and the sites!! :D

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