Humor and storytelling as pedagogical tools in the foreign language classroom
This paper demonstrates how humor in combination with storytelling can be an effective pedagogical tool in a foreign language classroom. More specifically, the use of humor in Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling, one of the most recent comprehension-based methodologies (Ray & Seeley, 2012) is examined. Although a growing number of studies on this method have appeared in the recent years, its use of humor has been mostly overlooked by researchers. This paper looks at the main principles and techniques of this method in the light of current research on humor in second language teaching. The study shows how various types of humorous communication can be implemented in language instruction through the use of storytelling techniques in the hope to stimulate interest in teaching German with TPRS. It is argued that humor is not only an integral part of TPRS but is also one of the main reasons responsible for the method’s popularity and success.
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