Study of Manga Reading as an Effective Teaching Method Based on the Text Comprehension Process

  • Kiichiro Okubo Tohoku University
  • Kazunori Sato Tokoha University
  • Yuichi Wada Tohoku University
  • Kazuyuki Asai Kyoto University of Education
  • Shunichi Kubo Tohoku University
  • Tatsuya Horita Tohoku University


This study examined the use of the Japanese comic form manga as an effective tool for teaching reading. Specifically, it evaluated a learning program to foster media literacy among fifth-grade students through reading, interpretation, and appreciation of manga using the framework of text comprehension models. The resulting analyses indicated that reading manga promoted sentence-level understanding, and multiple levels of text comprehension can be taught through reading manga, including surface level and semantic processing, as well as situation model construction. The use of manga to foster reading comprehension can be effectively accomplished by planning lessons and activities in the order of the learning content corresponding to each level of text comprehension.


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