This is a wonderful and classic game to play in a classroom to get a collaborative comic book narrative from the students. The game is as old as the hills and is also known under the names of exquisite corpse (a Surrealist version of the game), consequences, comic jam, and a hundred other variations.
You can read a great deal into learners’ lives, motivations and personalities by playing this simple game in class. And it is so simple. All you do is give each student a piece of paper with a squiggle on it and ask them to make a picture. Then you have the students describe their creations to the class and field questions.
If you live in China you will be familiar with the sight of children in their white shirts and red neckerchiefs, wearily trudging into to school at 6.30 in the morning. It’s something that’s always puzzled me a bit. In China, children are really pushed hard by their parents.
Authenticity is a philosophical concept that was central to the existentialist philosophers of the early 20th century and one with important ramifications in language teaching. The existentialists were a loose collection of nihilistic modernist writers, the leading light of whom was Jean Paul Sartre.