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Treasures in jokes and cartoons: You really must be joking!

Vellaykuti, Pokar (2007) Treasures in jokes and cartoons: You really must be joking! In: The Second Biennial International Conference on Teaching and Learning of English in Asia : Exploring New Frontiers (TELiA2), 14-16 June 2007, Holiday Villa Beach & Spa Resort, Langkawi. Faculty of Communication and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-983-42061-2-3

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Humour has been practically neglected in the teaching of English in Malaysia and Asia as well, perhaps due to the conservative nature of its people. Yet, we go through cartoons in the dailies, enjoy jokes over the radio and try by all means not to miss humorous sitcoms like Friends or Seinfield. Mr Bean is a hit though he hardly speaks a word. Humour, undeniably is a health provider. It is also a relationship builder. However, much more can be gleamed from jokes and cartoons, especially for educational purposes. Jokes and cartoons are not simply written. A review of many cartoons and jokes in the dailies and books has shown that there are hardly any flaws in the words and phrases used in them. However, some are culturally biased, thus making comprehension difficult. In this paper I have highlighted some of the rich treasures or resources found in cartoons and jokes, especially that of the words, sounds, colours and have suggested ways they can help the English language teachers in the classroom.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Organized by Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Communication and Modern Language, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 30 May 2011 00:40
Last Modified: 30 May 2011 00:40
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3236

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