The article substantiates the possibility of using humorous texts as teaching material in the process of learning a foreign language in nonlinguistic higher education establishment. It also considers the contribution of humorous texts in linguistic, social and cultural, emotional, motivational, action and methodological components of teaching. A strategy of inclusion of humorous texts into the learning process is offered.
Students' internet usage attracts the attention of many researchers in different countries. Differences in internet penetration in diverse countries lead us to ask about the interaction of medium and culture in this process. In this paper we present an analysis based on a sample of 825 students from 18 Russian universities and discuss findings on particularities of students' ICT usage. On the background of the findings of the study, based on data collected in 2008-2009 year during a project "A сross-cultural study of the new learning culture formation in Germany and Russia", we discuss the problem of plagiarism in Russia, the availability of ICT features in Russian universities and an evaluation of the attractiveness of different categories of ICT usage and gender specifics in the use of ICT.