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ERIC Number: EJ1140427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-578X
Developing Pre-Service English Language Teachers' Comprehension of Texts with Humorous Elements
Yangin Ersanli, Ceylan; Çakir, Abdulvahit
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, v13 n1 p123-145 2017
Humour is a universal phenomenon and has been studied in many fields of research such as literature, linguistics, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Humour is often expressed through language and it is little wonder that failure to understand humorous language causes breakdowns in communication. What is humorous might be culturally defined, and therefore it is difficult to grasp or to teach. Yet, people convey too much through humour to be neglected in the language classroom. Even if we need not aim at helping our learners find a piece of foreign language funny and laugh at it, we should help them appreciate humour and see beyond the literal meaning. In other words, pre-service English language teachers should be able to get the message conveyed through humorous texts using related sub-skills of reading effectively. This study investigates pre-service English language teachers' perceptions of humour in English language learning materials and authentic texts and how to improve their comprehension of reading texts with humorous elements with special reference to certain sub-skills of reading comprehension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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