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Arts and Humanities

1987

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The Effects Of A Course In American Jokes On A Class Of Intermediate Level Esl Students, John R. Carruthers Jan 1987

The Effects Of A Course In American Jokes On A Class Of Intermediate Level Esl Students, John R. Carruthers

Dissertations and Theses

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?