Laugh, Joke, Learn: Teaching with and about Humor in the Second Language Classroom
About the Workshop
Language educators often see playful, humorous language as either too difficult to teach or ancillary to their "serious" curricular goals. Yet, second language learners consistently report a strong desire to initiate and/or participate more actively in humorous exchanges. In this workshop, language teachers will learn how to integrate playful language into L2 lessons in a pedagogically sound and theoretically informed manner. Participants will explore how traditional lessons might be altered to include a greater focus on non-serious language use and develop a repertoire of pedagogical strategies for helping learners to develop key micro-skills related to the identification, comprehension, production, and appreciation of conversational humor.
Instructional component (all credit options):
Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, 9am - 5pm
Follow-up component (3-credit option only):
In-class meetings: June 30, 5:30-8:00pm; July 28, 5:30-8:00pm
Independent work and individual meetings with instructor of record: June 27-July 28
Nancy D. Bell is an Associate Professor and coordinator of the ESL program in the English Department at Washington State University. Her research interests center mainly on the discourse analytic investigation of conversational humor, language play, and linguistic creativity, especially with respect to second language users. She recently authored a text on failed humor (We are not Amused: Failed Humor in Interaction), and, with Anne Pomerantz, co-authored Humor in the Classroom: A Guide for Language Teachers and Educational Researchers.
Anne Pomerantz is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, where she works closely with language educators and intercultural specialists. Her research focuses on the role of humor in classroom discourse and language pedagogy. Anne Pomerantz and Nancy D. Bell are the co-authors of Humor in the Classroom: A Guide for Language Teachers and Educational Researchers (Routledge).
Previous Summer Workshops
2015: Exploring the Practices of Second Language Teacher Education with Karen E. Johnson and Paula Golombek
2014: Language and Identity with Bonny Norton and Christine Higgins
2013: Multiliteracies and Multimodal Communication in ESL/EFL Instruction
2012: International Research and Practices in Bilingual Education with Carol Benson and Kendall A. King
2011: Doing Action Research in the ESL/EFL Classroom with Sue Garton and Anne Burns
2010: Addressing Pragmatics in your Language Instruction with Noriko Ishihara, Noel Houck, and Heidi Vellenga
2009: Teaching Readers of English: A Multidisciplinary Perspective with John Hedgcock and Dana Ferris
2008: Working with Multilingual Writers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective with Paul Kei Matsuda,Dana Ferris and Christine Tardy