Victor Borge's 'Inflationary Language' offers another great occasion to bring humour into the classroom.
Most entertaining way ever to introduce homophones and language play.
A tribute to his remarkable language skills.
Victor Borge's inflationary language skit.
So inspiring for learners of English -
'The Clown Prince of Denmark'
didn't speak a word in English
when he fled German-occupied Denmark to America!
This kind of activity can be challenging for language learners but is a must in the language classroom. Humour and language play through their different forms (narratives, puns, riddles):
* encourage interaction and social activity
* contribute to stress relief and relaxation
* show students different ways of using the language
* promote creative understanding by helping learners consider different forms and meaning of words
* provide practice in negotiating meaning (changing what was said to help understanding)
* improve retention of new information
* bring a sense of pleasure and create a positive and shared emotional experience