Educational Manga: An Effective Medium for English Learning

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Erina Ogawa, Toyo University


This preliminary study into the use of educational manga in English language classrooms in a Japanese university indicates learning and motivational benefits. Interest in overcoming the difficulties of teaching business content in English and teaching reading-based language acquisition to reluctant readers led to the development of educational manga materials covering job-hunting and work-related content and colloquial spoken English language skills specifically for 12 trial lessons in each of four 2nd-year classes. A postcourse survey revealed positive overall responses from students with regard to both language and content learning. In addition, comments from respondents indicated a possible positive correlation between the use of educational manga and improved study attitudes. Put simply, educational manga can make English (particularly Business English) relevant, accessible, and enjoyable.