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.
Attardo, S. (1994). Linguistic Theories of Humour. New York, NY: Mouton de Gruyter.
Bell, N. (2009). ‘Responses to failed humour’. Journal of Pragmatics, 41, pp. 1825–1836.
Bell, N. (2011). ‘Humour scholarship and TESOL: Applying findings and establishing research agenda’. TESOL Quarterly, 45(1), pp. 134–159.
Bell, N. (2015). We Are Not Amused: Failed Humour in Interaction. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Cook, G. (2000). Language Play, Language Learning. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Council of Europe. (2001). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
Lantolf, J. (1987). ‘Language play in second language learning’. Speech given at fall conference of PENNETESOL, November, East, Philadelphia, PA.
Lantolf, J. (1989). ‘Language play and L2 learning’. Speech given at the Graduate School of Education, April, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Norton, B. & Toohey, K. (2011). Identity, language learning, and social change. Language Teaching, 44(4), 412-446.
Norton, B. 2013. Identity and Language Learning: Extending the Conversation. 2 nd Edition. UK/USA/Canada: Multilingual Matters.
Pratt, M.L. 1991. ‘Arts of the context zone’. Profession, 91, pp. 33–40.
Raskin, V. 1985. Semantic Mechanisms of Humour. Dordrecht: Reidel.
Tarone, E. 2000. ‘Getting serious about language play: Language play, interlanguage variation and second language acquisition’, in B. Swierzbin, F. Morris, M. Anderson, C. Klee & E. Tarone (eds.), Social and Cognitive Factors in Second Language Acquisition: Selected Proceedings of the 1999 Second Language Research Forum, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla
Press, pp. 31–54.
Vygotsky, L. 1978. Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. 2005. Understanding by Design (expanded 2 nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.