Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013
Class theme/topics discussed:
THE WORLD THROUGH MAFALDA’S EYES.
Mafalda, the most famous Argentinean comic stripe. Argentinean words and humor.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
The topics of the comic stripes deal with the world and its problems, so it is very general and everyone can talk about that. Also, I wanted them to know this famous Argentinean character and comic stripe which has been translated to 30 languages and which is really funny.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave them flashcards with 20 comic stripes. Every student had to pick up one and explain the joke on it plus give their comments about the topic of the stripe. This made all of them to give their point of view and opinion about each of the topics. Then, they needed to write down what they think some empty stripes could say and explain those ones too.
How did students react?
They commented on them but they were not very enthusiastic.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. They spoke in couples and in individual turns.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
20 flashcards with different comic stripes.
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
It gives students the opportunity to talk about all different topics dealt with in the comic stripes, but they were not very motivated.