I teach English in China to elementary and middle-school kids. I have a group of students who have already learned English for 4-6 years. Now that they have a good foundation, I'm looking for reading material that appeals to them and is engaging. I'm hoping that the avid readers here could recommend a series of graphic novels that are:

  1. Interesting to kids aged 10 to 14
  2. Not too bloody
  3. Not sexual, but can be romantic
  4. At least somewhat popular with girls (as the great majority of my students are girls)
  5. Translated well

Since my students are intermediate speakers, I'm not worried about the difficulty of the language that appears in the story. Right now, I'm leaning toward One Piece.

On a side note, I'm quite optimistic about using manga in the classroom - the stories are very engaging, and the abundance of pictures can be used in many useful language activities. Also, if the stories are translated well there would be a lot of useful spoken English that would appear. However, parents (my customers) need to be persuaded about their feasibility in the classroom.

  • You should start out simple and work your way up. Try subject matter wise the Doraemon or Yotsuba series is very easily recognizable and welcomed. – кяαzєя Jan 8 '14 at 19:30
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    However, I think that you'd probably be better off with an English language comics such as Asterix (originally written in French by René Goscinny and Albert Uderz) and Adventures of Tintin comics (translated from the original Belgian pieces by George Remi) as the localization in manga might be a bit off from when translated from Japanese to English, especially due to the culture. When learning a new language, it's better to understand the culture a bit in order to get use to context it is being used it. – кяαzєя Jan 8 '14 at 19:30
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    While I like the idea of using manga to teach another language, I don't think this is the right site to ask about it. Most of us aren't professional educators, which means you'd be getting fairly uninformed opinions. We also try to deal mostly with questions that can be answered objectively. This question does have some of the makings of a good subjective question but I think it's too far outside the expertise of this community to work here. – Logan M Jan 9 '14 at 0:50
  • I will note though that English pedagogy seems to be on-topic on English Language Learners as per this discussion. I'm not sure about on English Language & Usage but they might also go there. I'm not sure this specific question would work on either site, but a more general question might. As for this particular question, we can also give you recommendations in chat but not on the main site. – Logan M Jan 9 '14 at 0:57

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