International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

A Comparative Study of the Effect of Humor on Grammatical Competence
Dana Al-Sudairi, MA

The present study aims to assess the effectiveness of using humor in a grammar-based curriculum with Saudi female undergraduate students enrolled in a grammar course. The students were divided into a control group and an experimental group of about twenty-five students each. The experimental group studied English grammar with embedded humor in the lesson, and the control group studied according to the traditional structured approach. This study attempted to investigate whether there is a difference between the performance of students who had received humorous instruction and those who had not. The study utilized a pretest, cumulative posttest, and five weekly posttests that were administered to both groups. The results of this study showed that the grammatical competence of the experimental group was statistically positive when compared with the control group.

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