General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Why do jokers win? Humour across Disciplines and in Powerpoint Presentations.
Language English
Module lecturer mgr Danuta Furszpaniak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Foreign Languages Teaching Centre
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30


Tuesday 14.30-16.00 Collegium Heliodori Święcicki ul. Grunwaldzka 6 Room 311

Module aim (aims)

• broaden knowledge about humour and its use across disciplines• learn to use humour as a persuasive device• increase creativity• improve presenting and discussion skills

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

B2 level of English


Week 1: Students’ fields of interest. The art of presenting. Persuasive role of humour. Week 2: How do others make self-presentations? Week 3: Steve Job’s hybrid presenting style. Week 4: Signposting phrases. How to be a successful presenter? Week 5: Bringing humour to presentations. Linguistic humour. Week 6: Humour in business and advertising. Week 7: Secrets behind creativity. Walt Disney’s Brainstorming Method. Week 8: Humour across disciplines. Week 9: Power posing. Week 10: Eduard de Bono method of discussion. Boundaries of humour in presentations. Week 11: Student presentations.Week 12: Student presentations. Week 13: Humour across disciplines. Week 14: Humour and PowerPoint in global communication. Week 15: 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.Nash, Walter (1992) The Language of Humor, Longman London, N.Y. Nilsen D., Nilsen A. Linguistic Humor and Language Play. Power Point presentation.Powell, Mark (2012) Dynamic Presentations, Cambridge Business Skills, DVD, Cambridge University Press.