n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Die onderrig van millenniërs in die Afrikaans-klaskamer : humormateriaal as onderrigstrategie

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This article reports on a qualitative research programme regarding the use of humorous material in the teaching of Afrikaans. Based on a literature study, the article explores various aspects that may influence millennial learners' reception of humour and its application in the language teaching context. This is supplemented by an overview of the extent to which language teaching policy in South Africa provides for the development of the perception of humour to promote the integration of affective and creative development in secondary school learners. Furthermore, the study describes the reception and use of humour among adolescent learners, the sociocultural context experienced by millennials, and their appreciation and use of humour as members of generation X/Y/Z. The effect of humour on the classroom atmosphere is also considered, together with the selection of appropriate material. In conclusion several teaching strategies are discussed.

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