Developing pre-service English language teachers‟ comprehension of texts with humorous elements


Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, vol.13, no.1, pp.123-145, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Journal Name: Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.123-145
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Humour is a universal phenomenon and has been studied in many fields of research such as literature, linguistics,psychology¸ sociology and philosophy. Humour is often expressed through languageand it is little wonder thatfailure to understand humorous language causes breakdowns in communication. What is humorous might beculturally defined, and therefore it is difficult to grasp or to teach. Yet, people convey too much through humourto be neglected in the language classroom. Even if we need not aim at helping our learners find a piece of foreignlanguage funny and laugh at it, we should help them appreciate humour and see beyond the literal meaning. Inother words, pre-service English language teachers should be able to get the message conveyed throughhumorous texts using related sub-skills of reading effectively. This study investigates pre-service Englishlanguage teachers‟ perceptions of humour in English language learning materials and authentic texts and how toimprove their comprehension of reading texts with humorous elements with special reference to certain subskillsof reading comprehension.