Using Humor to Enhance Language and Culture Instruction


John Rucynski, Jr.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017
10:30 am–12:00 pm ET
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​Cost: Free for members; US$​50 for nonmembers
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Who Should Attend?

Any English language teachers interested in learning more about the why and how of using humor in the classroom both in ESL and EFL contexts. Activities demonstrated will consider learners of a wide range of levels, mainly from young adult to adult.

More About This Seminar

This webinar offers a lively balance of the why and how of using humor in English language teaching. The presenter starts with an overview of current research about humor in language education and follows with practical demonstrations of a range of ways to include humor in the language teaching classroom. Finally, the presenter offers suggestions for the future of research on humor in English language education.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of
  • the benefits of using humor in ELT
  • current research trends investigating the role of humor in ELT
  • practical methods for using humor to enhance language and culture instruction
  • the role of understanding humor in cross-cultural communication
  • potential risks and cultural considerations when using humor in ELT

About the Presenter

John Rucynski, Jr. received his Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training and has 20 years of experience teaching ESL/EFL in the United States, New Zealand, Morocco, and Japan. One of his research passions is the integration of language and culture teaching, and he has co-authored three EFL textbooks based on this approach. His other research passion is the role of humor in English language education and cross-cultural communication. In addition to regularly presenting on the topic of humor at international conferences, he is the editor of New Ways in Teaching with Humor (TESOL Press).