You think this is a joke?

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jokes and humour

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

LESSON OVERVIEW

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.

WARM-UP & LISTENING

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. 

READING & MORE DISCUSSION

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?

  5. anto62

    This lesson turned out to be a real gem with my C1+ class (10 people).
    We used about three hours to go through it!
    The Google pranks were so much fun and discussing why Google may be doing this every year created quite a debate in the breakout rooms (this is an online class.)
    Locating the right podcast spot where the prank is talked about is a bit tricky, I am glad I prepared myself in advance. Anyway, all was great. Thank you soooo much!

    1. Olia

      Thanks for such a detailed feedback, we appreciate it! Regarding the podcast, the link should take you to the place where the part you need starts. But if it doesn’t, it’s 34:11 🙂

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