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The Use of Humor in Senior High School English Teaching

Author: Wei Lei Number: 05680211 Tutor: Yin Ting

Abstract: Humor is an artistic method. Teaching humor is also considered as a kind of art. If it is properly utilized, it can make students obtain knowledge and wisdom in pleasant surroundings. The characters of teaching humor are that it is full of interest, implication, enlightenment and cheerfulness. This paper firstly analyzes the definition and connotation of humor and the nowadays situation of senior high school English teaching, then discusses the significance of using humor and the specific methods and means to use humor in senior high school English teaching. The use of teaching humor is helpful for teachers to understand and apply this artistic method to establish a new channel to improve the teaching effect. Key words: humor; senior high English teaching

I. Introduction

The word humor comes from Latin. Its meaning is very complicated and blurry. It is different from that of funny. The origin meaning is body fluid. As it is read in the dictionary, humor means the ability to laugh and find things funny. Humor is a language with art process, and it is an artistic method, with which causes laughter. Namely, humor is an artwork. Humor is a phenomenon of language as well as of culture. It represents the national characteristics and shows the history of the development of the culture. As a culture phenomenon, humor can be divided into the contextual humor and language humor. The difference between the two kinds of humor is that the former one focuses on the logistic thinking, while the latter focuses on making use of the connotation of the culture.. In the English teaching, the teacher should fitfully make use of different humor material to enhance the students’ sense of culture, and make the humor to improve the effect of teaching, let the students know and learn the English language in a pleasure situation. Humor is an art. Teaching humor is also considered as a kind of art. If it is properly utilized, it can recall students’ attention, invoke students’ enthusiasm, cultivate students’ interest of learning effectively and make students obtain knowledge and wisdom in pleasant surroundings. The essence of teaching humor is the good combination of gravity and humor, appearance and spirit, knowledge and emotion, seeking for sudden realization. The characters of teaching humor are that it is full of interest, implication, enlightenment and cheerfulness. Interest is a common and forever-last human nature. It is a midwife of knowledge fruit, which shows a geist life. The interest of humor in teaching always not only makes students accept, master and understand the teaching content pleasantly, but also gives them an unforgettable impression. The key function of humor in teaching is that it can make the class interesting. It is obvious that interest is a strong inner force to lead students to pursue and learn knowledge. Humor should be somewhat with connotation, with which it can make human think and deduce. That is to say that humor in teaching is always not so obvious when the teacher transmits knowledge and minds. Many excellent teachers often make use of parables, exaggerating and other tropes to get humorous teaching effect, and lead students to think and master the knowledge, then get unexpected great teaching result. It is true that humor in teaching can make students happy, but it is not the real purpose. The final intention is to get them learn some profound philosophic theories and enlightenment after laughter. Students can get much information from teachers’ humorous words, and then they can improve their study efficiency. And in humorous teaching they can find some serious topics, great characters, good wishes, nice sentiment and noble spirit, etc. The content of humor in teaching is full of cheerfulness. humor in teaching can arouse their pleasure, make them happy...
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