Humor, when used effectively, helps enhance the classroom atmosphere and improves student learning. Humor helps students relieve stress. Learning a new language is quite stressful and if the mind shuts down then students can’t process new learning. However, if students laugh or smile then their brains open up to new learning. They relax mentally and physically. They also can feel more comfortable making mistakes. Sarcasm should be avoided, especially with younger language learners. It’s also important to discuss what is acceptable humor in the classroom. Discover more tips for engaging language learners with humor and free web tools and apps by watching the YouTube recording of our recent webinar, Using Humor to Engage English Language Learners.