Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 16

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Stand-Up Strategies and their Use in Teaching

Aleksandra Talanina, Saint-Petersburg Mining University (Russian Federation)


The article dwells upon teaching as a form of public speaking. This process needs a detailed review and analysis in order to make it much more effective. Educational speaking is one of the hardest forms of delivering information because it is connected to a generation of knowledge. The presented facts should be carefully prepared and thoroughly performed during the lesson - these are two main components of the knowledge building. The expected result of educational speaking is eureka effect that has a “twin brother” - comic effect. Researchers know much more about the second one compared to the first. It can be assumed that these two effects are rather similar and that the methods of stand-up comedy can be implemented in teacher training in order to make lessons more successful in terms of knowledge formation. This article discusses how to improve teaching methods by looking at comic effect more profoundly and applying setup-punchline method to the process of achieving eureka effect. As a whole, comparison of classroom and stand-up comedy performances can provide us with information on how to make a more efficient way from the facts students hear in class to the real knowledge in their heads.

Keywords: eureka effect, comic effect, educational discourse, humour, teaching.

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