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2019 Conference

May 28–31, 2019

Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, Framingham MA

MATSOL 2019 Conference Online Program

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Using the Formulaic Language of Comics as a Teaching Tool

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8:30 AM–9:15 AM EDT add to calendar
Session Abstract

Multiliteracy narratives contain formulaic language, e.g., idiomatic expressions and interactional patterns. A confluence of language and culture, comics embody good learning opportunities in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and pragmatics, all heavily saturated with formulaic language. Come learn how to turn the formulaic language used in comics into a teaching tool!

Session Type

Practice-Oriented Presentation (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Vocabulary and Grammar

Education Sector
PK-12 Education
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Alec Lapidus, University of Southern Maine
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