This webinar is hosted in English
Pronunciation and the Punchline:
Using jokes and puns to teach pronunciation
PRESENTER: Carissa Peck
The Pre-Class Task is included below the Class Description.
Please respond in a comment on this page and comment on your colleagues' responses.
Carissa Peck will show why humor in class is beneficial for our students. Then she'll go onto demonstrate how different puns, prank phone calls and jokes can be used to show different points of pronunciation (minimal pairs, blended speech, etc.) and hopefully get your students to laugh while learning.
PRE-CLASS TASK: Please post your answers HERE on this class page in the comments section below.
(1) Agree or Disagree (and why): It has been said that once you understand a joke in a foreign language you are truly fluent.
(2) Answer (a) or (b) depending on your experience in the classroom.
a. If have used humor in the classroom, how did you do it? How did your students react? What would you change?
b. If you do NOT use humor in the classroom, why haven’t you?
BONUS (you do NOT need to answer this, but I’d love to have you share your ideas)
Share an activity using humor to teach pronunciation in the classroom.
NEW YORK, United States
Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) has eighteen years of experience as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. He has led student workshops and teacher training programs in sixteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.
After earning a master’s in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jason taught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculum development at Embassy English. In 2002, he co-founded a business English and test preparation school in New York City.
Jason conducts workshops for English students and teachers worldwide through Oremis Plaisir d’apprendre, Gallery Languages, and the U.S. Department of State.
He is the creator of the English Workout Method, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC. He also writes for Oxford University Press and works as a trainer and consultant at Linguaid. In 2013, he created and launched ELT Techniques, the first live MOOC for English language teachers.
Jason maintains the Fluency MC YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram accounts. He is an active administrator of many Facebook groups for English language teachers and learners, including Innovative Teachers of English, Teachers Teaching Online, Fluency MC Workshops in France and Belgium, and Gallery Languages Rhyme On Time Workshops.
Please contact Jason through his website: www.fluencymc.com