Why English Comics for the Classroom
Why English Comics for the Classroom

Why English? Comics for the Classroom - This resource can be used by teachers and learners. It includes notes for teachers and activities to use in the classroom at the end of each story. The stories in Why English? Comics for the Classroom – written by teenagers and young adults – will appeal to learners of all ages. These stories provide an enjoyable opportunity to increase vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening, speaking, and writing. The stories and exercises together are a whole-language anthology designed to improve communication skills. This book provides exercises that employ the cooperative/collaborative learning philosophy and address multiple learning styles.
  • Notes for Teachers - 10 pages - This section includes a table of contents, information about the project, and how teachers can use these comics in their classrooms.
  • Articles: Using Comics in the Classroom - 19 pages - In these two English Teaching Forum articles, learn how to use comic strips in the English language classroom and how to encourage student storytelling through sequential art.
  • More Articles: Using Comics in the Classroom - 22 pages - One of these two English Teaching Forum articles is about how to make teaching materials more interactive and learner-focused. The second article is a detailed classroom activity about creating comics.
  • Answer Key - 10 pages - This document provides the answer keys for the Comics in the Classroom materials.
Why English Comics for the Classroom
Audio Note:
The following stories contain audio programs.

1. Click the story links in blue print to open the written text in a new window
2. Then click the play button on the audio player to listen to the audio version
Story 1: Are You Ready to Learn English? - 5 pages - This is a story about José, who learns the importance of learning English. Comprehension questions, vocabulary and grammar exercises, and activities are included at the end of the story.
Story 2: Sayuri's Story - 4 pages - Boy meets girl. She speaks English, and he can’t understand her. What does he do? Read about how this relationship sparked one boy’s passion to study English.
Story 2: Sayuri's Story - 9 pages - Puzzle activity.
Story 2: Sayuri's Story - 14 pages - Lesson plan.
Story 3: Andrea - 4 pages - Sometimes a friend’s advice is the most important motivator. Read about how Andrea finally began to study English.
Story 4: Love, Music, and Language - 4 pages - Love is a powerful motivator. So is music. Read Dana’s story about learning English, singing in English, and falling in love.
Story 5: Lost in the Desert - 4 pages - In this story, a visitor from another planet gets lost on Earth. Can he find someone to help him before his battery runs out?
Story 6: Julia - 4 pages - Julia loves English, but her parents don’t see the value in her learning this language. One day, a visitor comes to their farm. Does he change their view of English?
Story 6: Julia - 6 pages - Lesson Plan.
Story 7: I Need a Bear - 4 pages - Juan and Diego are alike in many ways except for one little thing: Diego knows English, and Juan doesn’t. When lost, one finds a bed, and one finds a bear. Find out how English makes a difference!
Story 8: A Gateway to Success - 4 pages - Where are your former classmates today? When Mr. Lois discovers the new job of one of his former classmates, it changes him.
Why English Comics for the Classroom
Story 9: Opportunities - 4 pages - Meet Cuy. He has a goal and works toward the goal. Does he achieve it? Read and find out!
Story 10: English in the Countryside - 4 pages - How are sheep and English related? Find out in the story about sheep that help keep people around the world warm.
Story 11: A Modern World's Language - 4 pages - Want more reasons to learn English? This comic outlines facts about English and offers advice on how to help you learn the language.
Story 12: Matt, All is Better with English - 4 pages - In this story, learn some of the opportunities provided by learning English.
Story 13: York en Nueva York - 4 pages - Read the story of a young man named York who dreams of going to New York. Once he gets a job in New York, things are not as he imagined. Read how his life changes – for the better.
Story 14: Do You Speak English? - 4 pages - In this story, the main character has the dream of becoming a lawyer but isn’t able to get a job after graduation. Read and find out what happens next.
Story 14: Do You Speak English? - 18 pages - Lesson plan.
Story 15: English, Part of My Life - 4 pages - This story gives some advice about learning English, including having a positive attitude and being responsible.
Story 16: Friki - 3 pages - In this story, the main character uses his love of video games to learn English.
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Story 17: Studying English is Good - 3 pages - Find out all the ways that English helps the main character in this story.
Story 18: A Great Experience, A Great Trip - 4 pages - When on vacation, the main character encounters someone who has lost his father. Can he help? Read and find out!
Story 18: A Great Experience, A Great Trip - 16 pages - Lesson plan.
Story 19: Learning English Whenever I Can - 4 pages - In this story, learn how the narrator, with the help of his cousin, practices all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) to learn English. His hard work is rewarded in the end.
Story 20: A Lucky Guy - 3 pages - Derek travels to the U.S. Find out all the opportunities he misses throughout his stay because he doesn’t know English. Does he finally get a job in the end?
Story 21: I Am - 3 pages - The narrator in this story has a dream about being on a TV show where he sings a song in English. Unfortunately, he doesn’t quite know the lyrics! Read to find out what happens after he wakes up from his dream.