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Title: Online comics as a resource to enhance written productive skills in the primary school EFL classroom
Author: Porras Dugo, Emilia Saray
Tutor: Gesa, Ferran  
Abstract: The present project aims at enhancing English as a foreign language (EFL) learners’ written productive skills through a digital comic about superheroes, created using ToonyTool. It also introduces an innovative proposal set to be used in the grade 6 EFL primary school classroom. The project addresses the challenges that written production poses for the students, such as the deficits that can be found in this skill, thus affecting their ability to communicate effectively in English. This will be done by helping students to produce clearer written work, which would also have an impact on their reading skills and motivation. The project consists of nine sessions divided into six phases lasting three weeks in total. Throughout these phases, students will be presented with the task instructions and a model to follow. Then, they will learn how to use ToonyTool and Google Classroom, along with the importance of using the Internet safely. After this, the present simple tense and the common language and vocabulary used in comics will be reviewed through games. Next, the first phase of writing will take place by creating the groups and thinking about the storyline. Then, students will create and share their comics, along with commenting on others’ comics. This project will be assessed through summative and formative assessment. Concerning the first one, it will be done through a rubric, considering aspects like content, sentence structure, organisation and word choice. About the latter, an observation grid to check the progress will be used. Besides, peer-assessment and self-assessment will be carried out by the students, too. This assessment proposal would allow language teachers to prove if the students’ attitudes and self-conception regarding writing have changed, and whether their performance has been affected positively by the creation of the comic.
Keywords: comic books
EFL teaching
EFL writing
primary education
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
Issue Date: 16-Jan-2024
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