The European Journal of Humour Research

Vol 6, No 1 (2018)

Book review. Bell, Nancy & Pomerantz, Anne (2016). Humor in the Classroom. A Guide for Language Teachers and Educational Researchers. New York: Routledge.

Spyridoula Gasteratou


Have you ever, as a language teacher, as an educational researcher, or just as a language learner considered humor, language play, or generally funny and playful language use as an integral part of language teaching and learning? Have you ever considered that humor and language play are not just for entertainment and laughter, but could guide language learners to an overall understanding of language use in interaction? If you have these questions, if you already think that humor and language play do not belong in educational spaces, or if you search some reasons to incorporate them into the language classroom, you would rather grab Bell & Pomerantz’s book to find your answers, to rethink your ideas and -why not- to change your view as regards to humour and language play in classroom discourse.


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