General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Why do Jokers Win? Humour across Disciplines and in Multimedia Presentations
Language English
Module lecturer mgr Danuta Furszpaniak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position senior lecturer
Faculty Foreign Languages Teaching Centre
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30


Tuesday 13.15-14.45 Colegium Heliodori Święcicki Room 311

Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

The course is designed for students at B2 level of English


Week 1: Students' areas of interest. The art of presenting.     

Week 2: How to present oneself with confidence?   

Week 3: How to be a successful presenter? Signposting phrases.

Week 4: Linguistic humour. Humour in business and advertising.          

Week 5: Bringing humour  to  presentations.              

Week 6: Steve Job’s hybrid presenting style.

Week 7: Arthur Koestler reveals secrets behind creativity.  Walt Disney’s Brainstorming Method.              

Week 8: The power of humour in famous speeches.

Week 9: Power posing. (Body language)

Week 10: Boundaries of humour in presentations. Eduard de Bono method of discussion.

Week 11: Students’ presentations. Humour in chosen disciplines.

Week 12: Students’ presentations. 

Week 13: Students’ presentations. Individual styles of presenting.

Week 14: PowerPoint as a means of global communication.      

Week 15: Topic chosen by students. Course review.


Reading list

Berk, Ronald A. (1998)   Professors are from Mars and Students are from Snickers. How to Write and Deliver Humor in Classroom and in Professional Presentations, Mendota Press, Madison.  

Hughes J., Mallett A. (2012) Successful Presentations. For Professionals who Use English at Work. Video Course,  Oxford University Press.

Grussendorf Marion (2007) English for Presentations,  Oxford University Press.

Knoblauch Hubert (2013) Powerpoint, Communication and the Knowledge Society, Cambridge University Press, New York.

Koestler Arthur (1967) The Act of Creation. A Study of the Conscious and Unconscious in Science and Art., Dell Publishing, New York.

Medgyes, Peter (2002) Humour in the Language Classroom, Cambridge University Press.

Morreal John (2016) Laughing All the Way. Your Sense of Humour. Don’t Leave Home without It, Motivational Press Inc.

Nilsen D., Nilsen A. Linguistic Humor and Language Play. Power Point presentation.

Nilsen D., Nilsen A. (2019) The Language of Humour. An Introduction,  Cambridge University Press

Powell, Mark (2012) Dynamic Presentations, Cambridge Business Skills, DVD,  Cambridge University Press.