As a rich source of different styles of English, the American sitcom (situational comedy) is a great way to learn how to efficiently and naturally use everyday slang. During each class, students will watch an episode of an American TV show (The Simpsons, Frasier, Married with Children, Friends, Seinfeld, The Office, & more) and closely analyze the language to understand how and why it’s used. Students will also have an opportunity to use what they have learned during fun conversations with their teacher and classmates.
Teacher: Mr. Joseph Shey Weaver
Shey Weaver was born in Anchorage, Alaska and spent his childhood living in many small villages including North Pole and Kotzebue. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in English. He also went to Relay Graduate School in New York City, where he received a Masters of Arts in Teaching. In NYC, he briefly worked on Broadway and played guitar, bass, and drums in several unpopular rock bands. Prior to working for Lakeland University, he worked for Tokyo Metropolitan University and Japan College of Foreign Language.