n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Die gebruik van strokiesprente deur T.O. Honiball vir die ontwikkeling van visuele en kulturele geletterdheid




Critics have different views and perspectives on the literary quality of comics. Since television and computers became part of learners' everyday lives in South Africa, educators have had to include media education in curricula. In the teaching of Afrikaans it is possible to use the comics of T.O. Honiball as instruments in teaching visual and cultural literacy. These texts can add to the readers' enjoyment and empower the learners intellectually and emotionally to understand and interpret the cultural frame of reference of the Afrikaans language classroom. The purpose of this article is to analyse the visual conventions of comics as used by Honiball, as well as examples of the cultural aspects of humour portrayed by the artist, especially with regard to the comical portrayal of body language and facial expressions. By looking at the different agents of communication in the literary process, i.e. the contexts of the sender and the qualities and intertexts of the texts, these comics are shown to be part of mass folklore as discussed by Dorson (1972). The main argument in this paper is that Honiball's comics can be useful in the teaching of Afrikaans in secondary schools, and a few examples of teaching strategies regarding this will be shown.


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