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ERIC Number: ED499225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-6
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Welcome to HELL : Humor in English Language Learning
Tuncay, Hidayet
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Humor means understanding not only the language and words but their use, meaning, subtle nuances, the underlying culture, implications and unwritten messages. Humor does not often travel well from one culture to another, as each society has a somewhat different concept of what is funny (Dobson, 1987). In Foreign Language Learning (FLL), the ability to understand humor has been one of the parameters that helps us find out about learners' comprehension in both oral and written language. In this article, the lighter side of English Language Teaching (ELT) is covered. The study is based on how humor can facilitate L2 learning. The focus is on the survey done on the selected jokes classified under three headings, culture-based, language-oriented and meaning-based. Some exercises with jokes will also be exemplified. The results of a research survey is discussed. A list of limitations and drawbacks is presented. The use of jokes is dealt with in regard to learners as well as teachers, to enhance in-class activities. (Contains 3 figures and 2 appendices.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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