Creativity and Language Learning
Using Comics with Adult French Learners
This contribution is part of research and teaching undertaken during the year 2015-16 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris (Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Parigi) and follows the didactic approach used in the participatory creation of a comic book with a group of adult French students. The description of the various teaching phases – through alternating lesson format (presentation, group interaction, pair work) and the adoption of an approach to fit the task – is intended to show a more dynamic way of teaching/learning a Foreign Language. It is aimed at the development of the group’s oral output and a more active conversational interaction. The analysis shows how it is possible to encourage authentic communication in the classroom through explorative techniques with both an adult and senior public, little accustomed to modern teaching methods. One must be aware that this is an interplay between content and methodology, both traditional and innovative.