EFL Comics: Does grammar make you mad? Try raging instead!

A student making a rage comic. Copyright Cheapshot.
A student making a rage comic. Copyright Cheapshot.

One of the more delightful TESOL projects I’ve come across is EFL Comics. Basically, a handful of English teachers in Japan came up with the idea of having their students practice English by creating rage comics. The comics were made using Dan’s Awesome Rage Maker. After creating their comics, students posted them publicly on the social news and sharing website Reddit.com in the EFL Comics subreddit. Unfortunately, the original writeup of the project is just a dead link now, but the students’ work remains available, and occasional new submissions pop up.

Here are some samples:

NEWS!
yummy!!

 

careless girl
a spring day

 

What should I do?!
radiation panic

See the full collection here:

http://www.reddit.com/r/eflcomics/

(Note: I suspect that a proportion of the comics submitted after the original batch from Japan are fakes made by people writing in intentionally-broken English.)

What do you think? What other productive ways can we tie popular internet fads like rage comics into teaching?


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