Cultural aspects of humor in sitcoms

Winchester, Jules (2016) Cultural aspects of humor in sitcoms. In: Rucynski, John Jr (ed.) New ways in teaching with humor. New Ways in Teaching . TESOL Press, Maryland, USA, pp. 234-238. ISBN 9781942799818

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Level: Intermediate and above

Aim: Encourage students to notice social and cultural cues in order to better understand humor in short clips or humorous texts

Class time: 30-40 minutes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Resources: Humorous clips from movies or sitcoms (see examples in the Procedures section), graphic organizer for taking notes (Appendix)

Rationale: It is often the social and cultural cues, not the language, which make humorous exchanges difficult to understand. By watching humorous clips, students can get a deeper understanding of the cultural contents of humor.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (Principles and practice)
Depositing User: Jules Winchester
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 16:00
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