Have you ever tried learning and teaching with comics?

Learning and teaching with comics become fun and engaging. Comics have always been perceived as a minor art, relegated to an audience of children; it has reached its fullest maturity only in the last mid century, has freed himself of the adjective “childhood” achieving the “adult world” and becoming an absolutely original and widespread form of communication.

What distinguishes comics from the other arts is the close relationship between image and text: the visual and the verbal code are in a relationship of mutual subsidiarity, building a network of meanings that cannot be ignored with the purpose of a global comprehension of the storytelling. The reader is forced to decode images and text.

Precisely because of its primary characteristic and for its structure linked to sequencing and storytelling, comics are increasingly used as an educational and training tool, in different contexts and with different types of learners.

They can communicate with extreme clarity and immediacy, which comes from the use and interweaving of the two different codes, the verbal and the visual, making it suitable for the purpose of teaching, in particular for the teaching of a foreign or contact language.

The seminar that took place in Bologna started with a brief introduction to comics as a medium of communication, explaining their characteristics and distinctive features.

Furthermore, thinking about comics offers a comparison with other art forms often used in teaching, through the analysis of concrete examples of the use of the medium within a class of Italian language learners.

Eugenia Pesci 

 

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