Jokes and cartoons reflect the language and behavior of the population. When studying languages, empty joke and cartoon drawings allow students to write in their own story or joke line. Introducing some common, well-used slang can also be fun and help students to understand words they are hearing around them, that may not be described in the dictionary to match the present usage, but are certainly being used. Slang words such as "cool", "awesome", "cute", "hot" are examples of the many, many words used in the American culture. Esl teachers living in other places can include the local jargon to help their students. The use of dialog role play can also be drawn into cartoon form and used as a writing platform.
Jokes and cartoons introduce humor, discussion and a fun element into lessons. A collage of jokes can be made on poster boards to decorate a corner of the classroom too. Use a theme, such as Christmas, holidays, vacation time, travel, to help introduce relevant vocabulary and keep lessons interesting in this interim period between the festivities of Thanksgiving and the Christmas break.
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