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jokes and humour

link to the podcast available in PDFs and e-lesson plan


In this lesson students talk about jokes and humour. They discuss different types of jokes, listen to a podcast, share their thoughts about humour and even try to make some jokes themselves. 

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
45 min
60 min
Speaking ClassUnlimited Plan

This is a Speaking Class worksheet. It includes a variety of tasks that let your students practise their speaking skills. This lesson format does not focus on grammar or vocabulary. Learn more about it here.


The lesson starts with students identifying the difference between pranks, dad jokes and pun and matching them with some examples. After that, students share if they find such jokes and humour funny and talk about what makes them laugh. Then, students listen to a humorous podcast story and discuss it by completing the sentences. They say whether they find the story funny and the comedian’s actions appropriate. There is also a discussion activity that focuses more on pranks. Students talk about pulling pranks on others, their own experience, and using pranks as a marketing opportunity. After that, students move on to a short reading activity. 


In this part of the lesson students continue talking about jokes and humour and read a short text about April Fool’s Day pranks by Google. Teachers might decide to explore this topic more and share videos about specific examples of the pranks. There is also a short discussion devoted to this topic. Then, students look at the opinions about jokes and humour (e.g. Dark comedy is never appropriate. vs Given the right context, dark humour has its comic value.) and decide which they agree with. Finally, students get a chance to create their own jokes. They look at the beginnings of jokes and think of a punchline. After that, teachers might ask them what they think is more important: the joke itself or its delivery. If teachers feel like it, they can wrap up the lesson with a Don’t laugh challenge in which students read jokes to each other and try to make the other students laugh. 




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  1. Hurricane82

    Podcast link doesn’t play :'(

    1. Stan

      Did you try the link in the PDFs? We’ve just checked that again and it works fine for us.

    2. Rebecca Layague

      I’m having trouble with the audio in the podcast too.

      1. Olia

        Are you using the link in the PDF? What kind of a mistake do you get?

  2. errequatro

    Hey guys!
    Great lesson 🙂
    But there is a slight mistake…
    It should be “defuse” and not “diffuse”: Can humour help DEFUSE (not diffuse) a tense situation?

    1. Olia

      Thanks! We totally overlooked it 🤭 It’s fixed now!

  3. Nycolle Oliveira ELT

    Guys, how long is the podcast?

    1. Olia

      For this lesson, students need to listen to one story from the podcast, and it is 7-min long.

  4. Teacher Tina

    The video link is not working

    1. Olia

      Hi! There’s a link to a podcast in this lesson. It should take you to This American Life website. Can you try this link again?


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