chapter  5
30 Pages

Humor, Learning, and Additional Language Development

In Chapters 3 and 4, we highlighted the many functions of humor in language classrooms. From building rapport, to quelling tensions, to subtly critiquing social norms and relations of power, we noted the numerous roles humor plays in managing our identities and our relationships with others. At this point, a question that we have not addressed yet has no doubt crossed your mind: What is the role of humor in classroom language learning? The answer, of course, is not as straightforward as the question (if it were, this chapter would be a lot shorter).