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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Kathleen Graves


"American Humor as a Vehicle for Teaching ESL and Understanding American Culture" focuses on the use of different kinds of humor as entry points into an understanding of American culture and as examples of real language for ESL activities. It is a collection of self-contained activities designed for the advanced ESL student which develops both oral/aural and reading/writing skills, The topics of the activities are Norman Rockwell illustrations, psychiatrist and mother-in-law jokes, comedy routines of Bill Cosby and Lily Tomlin, and newspaper articles by Erma Bombeck and Mike Royko, Included are a rationale, analysis, and discussion.


Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education