My lesson plan here teaches the Chinese students how to crack jokes
and amuse English-speaking audience. And the premise is that
cracking jokes in English can impress the foreign friends and
improve the quality of communication.
We might or might not make the foreigners laugh. But going through
the process can be instructive and enlightening. And the humorous
materials might wake up some of my students who are so apathetic or
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, "simonsailsaway" <tesolwang@v...>
> It¡¯s been a frustrating experience for me to crack jokes in an
> classroom. My students seldom laughed. Nevertheless, I think we
> should use Chinese jokes to teach English ¨C for both speaking and
> Here is my plan:
> 1. Divide students into group of 3 or 4
> 2. Present a Chinese joke to each group.
> 3. Ask the students to retell the jokes in their own words,
> first in groups then in class. In English, of course.
> 4. Discuss each joke in class. Why is it so funny? Identify
> the punch lines. What is the issue or the irony in the joke?
> 5. Suppose you cracked this joke to a foreign friend, how
> would you continue your conversation related to the joke? What
> the possible discussion topics?
> 6. Write a short essay to discuss an issue related to the joke.