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Using humor to maximize learning


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The presentation has been written and prepared by Asmaa Shehata Hassan , EFL Master student , in the Faculty of Education , Ain Shams University . Under the supervision of Prof. Zeinab El _Naggar a professor in the curriculum and instruction in the same faculty. It is about using humor to maximize English Language learning. It has been presented by Asmaa Shehata Hassan and Roqya Mustafa .

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Using humor to maximize learning

  1. 1. Using Humorto Maximize Learning
  2. 2. Group Members Mohammed Roqya Badr Nariman Shady Asmaa
  3. 3. Purpose of Today’s presentation• Identify the concept of humor• Identify the benefits of using humor• Identify humor implications in language learning/teaching and how to motivate learners through using humor.• Developing ideas concerning the application of humor and its various techniques.• Identify guidelines for using humor .
  4. 4. What is humor ?
  5. 5. Humor has been defined as “the mental faculty of discovering, expressing or appreciatingsomething that is comical, amusing, or absurdly out of place”. Humor has also been described as a “sense,” as in the term, “sense of humor.”
  6. 6. Why should we use humor ?
  7. 7. Facilitates Positive Communication Well BeingMaximizes Enhances Memory Creativity Supports Reduces Change Stress
  8. 8. we can wrap up and say that : * Humor can relieve stress and promotehealing.* Humor counteracts depression.* Humor raises self-esteem.* Humor elevates mood.* Humor improves relationships.* Humor Increase retention of thematerials .
  9. 9. * Humor Enhances memory* Humor Increases motivation and selfconfidence .* Humor Creates a positive classroomenvironment .* Humor Builds group identity, solidarity andcohesiveness.* humour Increases learners’ attendance levels.*Humour enhances creative thinking .
  10. 10. We have seen the benefits ofhumor in teaching , but how do we go about using it in our lessons .
  11. 11. Humor in the language classroom can be classified into major categories:Textual examples :Stories , jokes , riddles .Pictorial examplesCartoons and comicsAction examplesVideosVerbal examplesSimiles and word games
  12. 12. Wait before we start , put this in mind Wh atHow Content Process When Context
  13. 13. NOWLet’s do it
  14. 14. Back again , to the last part of today’s presentation.
  15. 15. Myths about HumorThere is no doubt that we have been asked toaccomplish more and more in our jobs. the stressthat this creates has led to several belief systemsthat permeate our culture. “If we have fun, work will not get done!”“If I am silly , I will not be seen as aprofessional.”“If we are laughing, they will not be learning.”“I don’t have time for humor.”
  16. 16. Humor phobia* Fear of not having time forhumor* Fear of being perceived as sillyand not as a professional* Fear of losing “control”
  17. 17. Did you made your own decision?would you like to use humor ? Yes or No
  18. 18. For those who said “ yes” , these are someguidelines for using humor .Using humor, like teaching , has to be wellprepared.Dont try too hard. Let humor arisenaturally, encourage it.Do what fits your personality.Be careful not to over use it, it could looseits value and effect. “I hate being laughed at!”
  19. 19. Thank you so much for listening prepared by Asmaa Shehata Hassan Email golden.fish23@yahoo.compresented in a lecture in the Faculty of Education Ain Shams University Dated : 10 /3/ 2012 under the supervision of Prof . Zeinab El _Naggar presented by Asmaa and Roqya