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American English Webinar 4.1 - Using Humor and Language Play in the Classroom to Enhance English Language Learning

Webinar Description:

In this webinar, we will discuss theories and practical strategies regarding the use of humor and language play in the English language classroom. Some educators may feel that humorous language is not a good way to teach language, but in this webinar, we will explain how using humor and language play is a great tool for teaching your students pronunciation, grammar, and conversational language skills, with a specific focus on vocabulary knowledge. You will see how examples of humor and language play work to enhance the learning of English, and how examples of humor and language play can be incorporated easily into your language learning curriculum.

Presenter bios:

Stephen Skalicky is a current PhD student in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned his MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University. He has taught L2 writing and TESOL courses in the US and in China. His research interests focus on how creative types of language, such as humor and figurative language, are produced and comprehended by people in different situations with different backgrounds.

David L. Chiesa is a current PhD student in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University whose research interests are in second language teacher cognition/development, language assessment, and second language acquisition. He has been a teacher educator for the past twelve years in multiple countries throughout the East Asian and Pacific region, including Japan, China, Mongolia, and Thailand. Currently, he is working at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Georgia State University on the implementation of a new teacher education program for international teaching assistants (ITAs).

This webinar will be facilitated by John Silver:

John Silver recently completed a two year in Washington DC as the Regional Program Officer for Central and South America. Prior to his DC tour, John was RELO Dakar. Before working with the Department of State, John was a Senior English Language Fellow in Ukraine, India, Afghanistan and Russia, a Soros Teaching Fellow in Azerbaijan and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. John is a graduate of the School for International Training’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program and has an abiding interest in developing and refining fun and communicative language activities for teachers and students. In his free time he enjoys visiting parks with his family, scuba diving, exploring new places and fixing things. John is very excited about his position as RELO Kyiv and beginning to work again with his friends and colleagues in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Remember to bring your passport or driver's license.

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