Humour in the classroom

Our latest teaching tip looks at how using humour in the classroom can help with classroom management as well as create a warm atmosphere and help relax students.

Watch Dale demonstrating some simple techniques for introducing elements of humour with a likes and dislikes activity and discussing his ideas.

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Humour in the classroom

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Submitted by Juliapm on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 21:43

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Hi there, I think using humour is brilliant. It does help create a much more relaxed atmosphere but I don't think it's something a teacher can "learn". I think it's part of their personality. It either comes naturally or it won't really work...

Hi! After watching the video, I do agree with your comment Juliapm...homour is part of one's own personality....it can't be learned.

Submitted by missjrowe on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:32

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I agree, humour is something that cannot necessarily be learnt. Observing lessons, I have found that often teachers who try and be funny can be equally as funny to the pupils however you may not know you are being funny! :-)

Submitted by TeacherMrGinHK on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:47

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I believe in adding humour, but it can go awry. It must be used delicately and only at the teachers expense - never the student. It is all dependable on the age range too. I cannot understand how this man is funny, about as dry as a hot summers day.

Submitted by Mustafa_Nazari on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 23:36

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Talking about humor the most important thing at first is to break the ice (usually for the beginning sessions). It depends on the age and the personality of the learners too. I have to be almost serious with limited sense of humor in the kids class since they will try to act like the teacher and disobey the discipline, however, I feel quite ease with adults when expressing sense of humor. Secondly whatever trick is used, it should be used for pedagogical purpose. As stated partially in the video, the learners will notice (schmit 1997) the target word or structure that results in better retention and understanding of words.

Submitted by japsuy on Sun, 03/20/2016 - 04:19

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Hi! I'd like to post a short article on my blog making reference to this post and providing some more tips about the use of humour that have been useful to me in the classroom. I'd like to have your permission to do so and any referencing details you'd like me to include. Thanks in advance! Andrés

Hi Andres Please add to this thread any thoughts or tips you have. If you do want to write a blog please have a look here http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/become-a-teachingenglish-blogger which has details on how to become a blogger. Topics for March and April can be found here http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/paul-braddock/blog-topics-marchapril-2016

Submitted by marcelogan on Thu, 12/07/2017 - 03:43

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Thanks for the cues, It´s for sure that humour makes the point more easely ! Few tips that value a lot. Thanks Mr. Brad Pitt

Submitted by Trinh Thi Xuan Mai on Wed, 10/06/2021 - 08:38

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I totally agree with Dale that humour is a great way to create a comfortable and warm atmosphere in the classroom. But it is very difficult for teachers to learn to be humourous naturally; and if one tries to be humorous in an inappropriate way, he or she may be counterproductive. In other words, an intelligent person may not be humourous but a humorous person must be an intelligent one.

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