Using Cartoon in Language Classroom from a Constructivist Point of View

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL No.3 July 2016

17 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2016  

Nimer Abuzahra

Hebron University

Mohammed Abdel-Hakim Farrah

Hebron University

Sarah Zalloum

Hebron University

Date Written: August 14, 2016

Abstract

This paper aims to explore how animated cartoon as a pedagogical material can be employed in language classroom from a constructivist point of view. Through examination of existing literature, this study outlines the numerous pedagogical values of using cartoon. It presents the characteristics of cartoon that bring much valuable effects to language learning. The paper discusses both the efficiency of animated cartoon as an authentic audiovisual learning material and how it can be employed in language classroom in order to satisfy the intended pedagogical outcomes of the 21st century. Although many teaching approaches can be utilized in order to promote the effectiveness of authentic materials for second language teaching, the model of constructivism enables learners to get benefits of educational technological resources, mainly, animated cartoon. Constructivism is a social-based teaching approach that encourages learners to construct knowledge from the surrounding social context throughout a process of investigation. In relation to the concept of cartoon, it works as incentive tool that enhances learners’ social involvement within both collaborative discussion and the content of animated film. The paper concludes by drawing some implications of the concept of using cartoon in language classroom from a constructivist point of view.

Keywords: animated pictures, cartoon, sociocultural theory constructivism, motivation, social interaction, cognition

Suggested Citation

Abuzahra, Nimer and Farrah, Mohammed Abdel-Hakim and Zalloum , Sarah, Using Cartoon in Language Classroom from a Constructivist Point of View (August 14, 2016). Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL No.3 July 2016 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822995 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2822995

Nimer Abuzahra (Contact Author)

Hebron University ( email )

P.O Box 40
Hebron
Palestine

Mohammed Abdel-Hakim Farrah

Hebron University ( email )

P.O Box 40
Hebron
Palestine

Sarah Zalloum

Hebron University ( email )

P.O Box 40
Hebron
Palestine

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