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Active English: INFLATIONARY LANGUAGE by Victor Borge


 

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