COMIC STRIPS FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING: THE BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES ACCORDING TO RECENT RESEARCH
Recent studies have argued for the use of comic strips in language teaching, while concerns with the challenges in its application are also frequently highlighted. Using George’s (2008) model of literature review, the present study will elaborate on the use of comic strips as a medium of learning, its benefits, and the challenges in its implementation. The data sources are research articles related to the implementation of comic strips for language teaching, published in reputable international journals and accredited national journals from 2011 to 2020. The review reveals that previous studies have proven that comic strips in language teaching can promote students’ vocabulary, improve students' grammar competence, support the students' reading skills, and help the students who lack writing skills. However, these studies also show concerns on challenges in implementing comic strips in language teaching, such as its relevance, the choices of the topics, and how it cannot support spoken skills as much as it would support the written skills. It implies that while comic strips can be good media for teaching language, teachers should also find strategies in overcoming the challenges that may occur during its implementation.
Adnyani, N. L. P. S. (2011). Introducting Target Language Culture Through Movie Watching and Discussion. Jurnal Pendidikan Dan Pengajaran, 44(1–3), 77–83.
Aveyard, H. (2010). Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition. Open University Press.
Budiman, P. G., Sada, C., & Wardah. (2018). Improving Students Vocabulary by Using Comic Strips in Teaching Narrative Text. Jurnal Pendidikan dan Pembelajaran Khatulistiwa, 7(9).
Cabrera, P., Castillo, L., Gonzalez, P., Quinonez, A., & Ochoa, C. (2018). The Impact of Using Pixton for Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary in The EFL Ecuadorian Context. Teaching English with Technology, 18(1), 53-76.
Chaikovska, O. (2018). Benefits of Teaching ESL through Comic Strips. Web of Scholar, 1(19), Vol. 4.
Chirkova, E., Chernovets, E., Zorina, E. (2019). Visualization Method of Educational Information of the English Language Grammar Communicative Teaching in a Non-Linguistic University. Proceedings of EDULEARN19 Conference.
Cimermanová, I. (2015). Using Comics with Novice EFL Readers to Develop Reading Literacy. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dantes, G. R., Sudarma, K., & Suputra, H. (2016). Virtual Reality Dan Augmented Reality : Pemberdayaan Wisata Bawah Laut Dalam Rangka Meningkatkan Daya. Seminar Nasional Vokasi Dan Teknologi (SEMNASVOKTEK), 457–464.
Da Silva, A. B., Dos Santos, G. T., & Bispo, A. C. K. D. A. (2017). The Comics as Teaching Strategy in Learning of Students in An Undergraduate Management Program. Mackenzie Management Review, 18 (1).
Faruq, H. A. A., & Nurhalimah. (2018). Comic Strips in Teaching Simple Past Tense for EFL Learners. ELLITE: Journal of English Language, Literature, and Teaching, 3(2), 53-56.
Fischer, J. (2012). Using Innovative Teaching Techniques and Technological Tools to Teach Grammar Points in Spanish and How They Increase Student Engagement. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), 2(2).
Gilakjani, A. P., Ismail, H. N., & Ahmadi, S. M. (2011). The Effect of Multimodal Learning Models on Language Teaching and Learning. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 1(10).
Hamidah, N., Usman, S., & Muhsin. (2015). Improving Writing Skill of the Eight Graders through Comic Strip. e-Journal of English Language Teaching Society (ELTS), 3(2).
Humola, Y., Talib, R. (2016). Enhancing the Students’ Writing Ability by Using Comic Strips: An Action Research Conducted at the Tenth Grade of SMA Negeri 1 Tapa. ICTTE, 1(1).
Hutapea, J. V., & Suwastini, N. K. A. (2019). Using Short Films for Teaching English While Building Characters. Lingua Scientia, 26(1), 33. https://doi.org/10.23887/ls.v26i1.18846
Kılıçkaya, F., & Krajka, J. (2012). Can the Use of Web-Based Comic Strip Creation Tool Facilitate EFL Learners’ Grammar and Sentence Writing? British Journal of Educational Technology, 43 (6).
Kohnke, L. (2018). Using Comic Strips to Stimulate Student Creativity in Language Learning. TESOL Journal, 10 (2), 1-5.
Mahir, N. A., Ali, R. M., & Amin, K. M. (2016). Using Newspaper Comics Strips to Improve Reading and Writing among MUET Band 1 & 2 Year 1 Students of Faculty of Quran and Sunnah Studies, University Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Journal of Global Business and Social Entrepreneurship (GBSE), 2(3), 57-62.
Manik, R. M. S. (2019). The Effectiveness of Comic Strip as Media to Improve the Students’ Reading Comprehension on Narrative Text of MTs Ar-Rahman Langkat. The Second Annual International Conference on Language and Literature (AICLL), KnE Social Sciences.
Megawati, F., & Anugerahwati, M. (2012). Comic Strips: A Study on the Teaching of Writing Narrative Texts to Indonesian EFL Students. TEFLIN Journal, 23(2).
Merc, A. (2013). The Effect of Comic Strips on EFL Reading Comprehension. International Journal of New Trends in Education and Their Implications (IJONTE), 4(1).
Poai, S. T. (2018). Teaching English Vocabulary using Comic Strips. Sintuwu Maroso Journal of English Teaching (JET), 4(1), 51-58.
Rakhmawati, D. (2018). The Effectiveness of English Comic in Teaching Grammar (Present and Past Tense). Jurnal SMART, 4(1), 52-60.
Rengur, Z. A., & Sugirin. (2019). The Effectiveness of Using Comic Strips to Increase Students’ Reading Comprehension for the Eighth Grade Students of SMPN 1 Pundong. Atlantis Press: Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research (ASSEHR), Vol. 330.
Rochmawati, D. (2019). Innovative Techniques of Teaching English Grammar at Secondary Schools. Journal of English Teaching Adi Buana, 4(2).
Rokhayani, A., Utari, A. R. P. (2014). The Use of Comic Strips as an English Teaching Media for Junior High School Students. Language Circle: Journal of Language and Literature, 8(2), 143-149.
Sarma, L. S. (2016). Teaching English Through Comics. Indian Journal of Applied Research, 6(6).
Sharma, R. (2020). Comics: A Tool of Teaching Language through Literature. International Journal of Creative Research Thoughts (IJCRT), 8(4).
Suwastini, N. K. A., Lasmawan, W., Artini, N. N., & Mahayanti, N. W. S. (2020). Mixed Messages about Environmental Awareness in Disney’s 2016 Finding Dory. The Asian EFL Journal, 27(4.1), 73–93.
Suwastini, N. K. A., Utami, I. G. . L. P., & Artini, N. N. (2020). Dory’s Paradoxical Characterizations in Disney’s Animated Feature Film Finding Dory (2016). NOBEL: Journal of Literature and Language Teaching, 11(1), 27–37. https://doi.org/10.15642/nobel.2020.11.1.27-37
Suwastomo, B. (2016). Teaching Using Comic as a Media to Improve Student’s Vocabulary Mastery at Tenth Grade of SMAN 1 Muntok. STUDIA, 1(1).
Syafii, M. L. (2019). Implementing Writing Process Approach with Pictures to Improve the Ability of the Eighth Grades in Writing Recounts. ETERNAL (English, Teaching, Learning, and Research Journal), 5(2).
Thresia, F. (2017). The Effectiveness of CIRC Method and Comic-Strip Media to English Writing Ability. Atlantis Press: Advances in Social Sciences, Education and Humanities Research (ASSEHR), Vol. 82.
Utami, I. G. A. L. P., Suwastini, N. K. A., Artini, N. N., & Kultsum, U. (2020). Values of Character Education in the Characterizations of Dory in Disneys’ Animated Feature Finding Dory (2016). International Conference on Innovative Research Across Disciplines (ICIRAD 2019), 394(Icirad 2019), 119–126. https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200115.020
Yunus, M. M., Salehi, H., Tarmizi, A., Idrus, S. F. S., Balaraman, S, S. (2011). Using Digital Comics in Teaching ESL Writing. Recent Researches in Chemistry, Biology, Environment and Culture.
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access)