Who knew? Spider-Man doesn’t just fight crime. He teaches English, too!
A recent study, by Kaplan International Colleges, found that over half the people surveyed used comic books to improve their English. Spider-Man was the superhero of choice, beating out Batman, Man of Steel, and the Dark Knight.
You can check out the results in Kaplan’s Infographic, How to Learn English, designed by Sergio Fernandez Gallardo.
Kaplan surveyed hundreds of their past and present language school students about their study habits. They wanted to find out whether listening to music, watching TV, playing video games or reading comics helped them study and understand English.
It turns out 55% of the students surveyed follow their favorite superhero’s adventures in English. Although Spider-Man was the most popular, students also mentioned The X-Men, The Fantastic Four and more.
Here’s what Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, thinks about students using the webbed wonder to learn English:
“The Stan Lee Foundation also believes that superheroes have a role in education by promoting learning. We are pleased that Spidey, such a well-known character, has played a major part in helping students study English.”
Do you use comics to study English? If so, who are your favorite characters?
This post comes from Kaplan International Colleges.
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