Humour makes us think – it creates a relaxed environment where instructors and students contribute to learning. However, as recent research has shown, we tend to forget the benefits of humour when teaching in a university classroom (Pomerantz & Bell, 2011). This workshop focuses on the uses of humour in second language acquisition learning and the instruction of world literature. It draws on research on humour as a teaching tool as well as the impact of low-inference teaching behaviours. Also, it elaborates on the cultural differences found in language and world literature classrooms, and it encourages instructors to use humour to overcome cultural and language barriers. Humour, the workshop stresses, is a safe teaching technique for both the instructor and the student by which the classroom comes together in a respectful environment.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Brenes Reyes, Jaime Roman
"Make ‘em Laugh: Using Humour to Promote Learning in Language and Literature Classrooms,"
Teaching Innovation Projects: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/tips/vol4/iss2/1
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching Commons, Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education Commons, Curriculum and Instruction Commons, Higher Education Commons, Higher Education and Teaching Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons