Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (77 p.)
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers, Wit and humor in education
Teachers of English to speakers of other languages have often incorporated humor in the curriculum, yet a recent computer search revealed that there were no empirical studies which have shown that curricular humor enhances English language learning. The three specific questions of the thesis are: does the use of curricular humor 1) improve memory/recall, 2) improve over-all English proficiency, and 3) result in the subjects' having more positive attitudes towards Americans, and if so, does a more positive attitude correlate with improved memory/proficiency?
Carruthers, John R., "The effects of a course in American jokes on a class of intermediate level ESL students" (1987). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3657.