Different types of humour; a taste of English humour
Ⅱ.Useful words and expressions:
Nouns: slide, skin, content, particular, failure, difficulty, boil, snowstorm, bottom, mouthful, Switzerland, swing, pancake, whisper, sense
Verbs: slide, content, astonish, entertain, overcome, boil, chew, direct, star, swing,
Adjectives: cruel, content, particular, homeless, worn-out, fortunate, bottom, direct, outstanding, mountainous, vast
Adverb: throughout, fortunately, direct
Expressions: be content with, be badly off, be worn out, pick out, cut off, star in, knock into
Ⅲ. Functional items:
1. Expressing anxiety
What’s wrong?What’s the matter with you? Is there anything wrong?
2. Expressing surprise
Really? Oh dear! Is that so? Good heaven!
3. Expressing pleasure
I’m glad /pleased/ happy to…That’s nice /wonderful /great.
The –ing form as the predicative, attribute and object complement
Their job is “panning for gold”.
That was the problem facing Charlie Chaplin.
He sat down at the table with his plate and drinking cup.
Do you find it funny to see someone sliding on a banana skin, bumping into someone else round a corner, or falling down a hole in the road?
Step 1. Warming upandDiscussing:
1. How many kinds of humor can you think of in your daily life?
Types of humor:
English humor Chinese humorNonverbal pantomime (哑剧)
Mime and farce funny plays Verbal jokescross talk (相声)
Funny storiesfunny stories Funny poemsdoggerel (打油诗)
2.What’s the difference between jokes and humors?
3.Can you name out some of the humorous actors you like?
mime 笑剧farce 滑稽剧comedy 喜剧 tragedy 悲剧opera 歌剧
TV play 电视剧humor 幽默joke 笑话 circus 马戏团clown 小丑sketch 小品 cross talk 相声
Step 2. Reading
Task 2: Ss read and answer the following questions:
1.What’s the passage mainly about?
A.The history of English humor.
B.The films Chaplin made.
C.The humor Chaplin made in his film.
D.The Gold Rush in California.
2.How many parts can the passage be divided into?
A. 2B. 3C. 4D.5
3. People enjoy seeing other people’s bad luck because _______.
A. they enjoy doing so
B. it makes people more worried about their life
C. it makes people more content with their life
D. there’s much fun in doing so
4. Chaplin was given a special Oscar for __________.
A. the characters he played in his filmsB. the films he directed
C. the joy he gave us in his films D. the contributions he made in films
Task 2:Ss read and fill the following chart:
Notes on Charlie Chaplin’s career
Type of acting
Mime and farce
“ the tramp”, a poor and homeless person
Large trousers, worn-out shoes and small round black hat
Reason for success
Charming, social failure with a determination to overcome difficulties and always kind
Step 4. After- reading
Task 3: Ss in groups and discuss:
1.What should we learn from Charlie Chaplin?
2.Do you want to be a humorous person? And how can you be humorous?
3. What should we do to get success?
Period 3-4.Language learning
Step 1. Revision Ss retell the text with their own words.
Step 2. Language points
1.find /think/ feel it + adj./n + to do sth.
We find it important to learn English well.
I feel it a great honour to be invited to the party.
2. see sb. Doing See sb do See sb done
We saw him stealing the book from the bookstore just now.
He saw Tom go out of the classroom yesterday afternoon.
His neighbour saw him often beaten by his father.
3. Skin:The purse is made of crocodile skin.
be all skins and bones 瘦的皮包骨头
4. be cruel to Don’t be cruel to animals.
It is cruel of sb. to do sth. It’s cruel of America to bomb Iraq.
5. feel /be content with sth,be content to do sth.
People of the city feel content with their life.
Mary is content to sit in front of the television all night.
6. be worse off be bet ter off
7. astonish sb. with sth.to the astonishment of sb.
be astonished at sth./ to do sth
He said he could astonish us with a good result in the final exam.
To the astonishment of the teachers, he got the first in the competition.
The teachers were astonished at his getting the first in the competition.
The teachers were astonished to find that he got the first in the competition.
8. worn-out : adj. 穿破的Worn out vt. vi使…耗尽; 穿破/旧，
Cheap socks wear out quickly.I am worn out by the hard work.
9. failure un.失败cn. 失败的人或事
His plans ended in failure.As a writer, he was a failure.
10. be loved by sb. for sth
Deng Xiaoping is loved by the Chinese for his great contribution to China’s construction and social reform.
11. star in : 担任主角 This is an old film starred in by Charlie Chaplin.
12. knock intoHe walked in such a hurry that he knocked into an old lady in the street.
Step 3 Learning about language
1.Ss do part 1 of the discovering useful words and expressions.
2.Ss finish part 2, 3 and 4
Step 4. Practice
1. Ask the Ss to do Ex. 1and 2 on page 63.
Step 1. Pre-reading
The purpose of this reading is to introduce students to English jokes. Two kinds of jokes are shown here. The first shows now different meanings can make something amusing. This is called a “play on words”. The second kind of joke is s short funny story. Both jokes are very popular in English-speaking countries.
Step 2. Reading
Task 1: Ss read and give their own answer to the question.
Answer key for Exercise 1:1. B2.C3. A
Task 2: Ss read part 2 and give their own answers to the two questions.
Step 3. Reading task (page 59)
Task 3: Ss read the passage and answer the following questions.
1.What do children usually do on April Fool’s Day?
2.Why did people believe the programme Panorama?
3.Do you think the advice that the BBC gave people who asked how to grow noodle trees was serious? Give a reason.
4.What would you do to find out whether a story like this was true.
Task 4: Ss read and analyse the way that the BBC played this trick.
1.The panorama TV programme is serious and people believe it.
2.The progrmme itself was presented in a very serious way.
3.There were many details given in the story to make it believable.
Task 5: Ss read and think if these things are true:
1.that pigeons follow roads and road signs when they find their way home.
2.that the earliest football has been found in a grave dated to 1000 years ago.
3.that earliest human paintings on cave walls are all modern fakes.
4.that advanced computers can “talk” to each other without the aid of humans.
Period 7-8.Listening and speaking
Step 1. Warm up
Ask one of the Ss to tell the class a joke.
Step 2. Pre-listening
This is a story that English speaking people find funny. It is the kind of story that might happen to anybody who has a farm and chickens. At first let Ss read the questions to make sure that they know what they should do in this listening.
Step 3 Listening
Task 1: Ss listen to the tape twice and finish Ex 1 and 2 on page 23.
Step 4. Speaking
Task 2: Ss in pairs think of a funny story. It can be an English story or a Chinese story. Follow the following procedure:
Prepare a joke and tell your partner in English.
While telling your story, use the expression on your face and some acting to help make the story as funny as you can.
After telling your story to your partner, let him/her give you some advice.
Then let your partner tell his/her story.
Finally tell your story to the class.
Step 5. Listening (on page 55)
This is a funny story for the students to enjoy. Ss should listen carefully and first try to understand the meaning.
Task 3: Ss listen to the tape twice and finish Wb Ex 1 and 2 on page 55.
Task 4: Talking
Humour make people laugh, feel happy and relaxed. Sometimes one person may find something funny while another person doesn’t find it amusing at all. So in pairs discuss with your partner what makes you laugh. Try to use the following expressions:
I enjoy this very much because…. It surprises me that …
I laugh at that kind of thing because…This is fun because…
I’m pleased we were both amused at… It is very amusing that…
How wonderful /surprising!
Step 1. Warm up
Review what the Ss have learned about –ing as the subject and Object
Step 2. The –ing form as predicative, attribute and object complement
1.Seeing is believing.
2.The music is exciting.
1.There is a swimming pool in our school.
2.China is a developing country..
3.The person translating the songs can speak seven languages.
4.The boy standing there is a classmate of mine.
1.We heard her singing in her room.
2.You can see them performing every night this week at the new theatre.
3.We watch the children diving into the water from the diving board.
Step 3. Practice
1.Ss finish Ex 2 ,3and 4 on page 21.
2.Ss do Wb Ex 1 and 2 on page 56.
3. Choose the suitable words from the box below and fill in the blanks in the correct form:
1). I can’t imagine Bill________ a motorbike.
2). Did you hear the dog downstairs _______ for most of the night?
3). Frank is very good at telling funny jokes. He can be very ________.
4). You can’t stop me _________ what I want.
5). He gave me a ________ hug when he met me at theairport.
6). Jim has really learnt very fast. She has made ________ progress.
7). It’s been raining all day. This weather is __________.
8). When I came out of the theatre, I noticed a group of children _________ musical instruments across the street.
Keys:1). riding 2). barking 3). amusing4). doing
5). welcoming6). astonishing 7). depressing 8). playing
Period 10. Writing
Step 1. Pre-writing
This exercise lets students to write a funny story.
Task 1: Ss gather information that they need and plan what they want to write.
Step 2. While-writing
Task 2: Ss write an English funny story or a Chinese one.
Ss make a plan
Ss write down their story in a logical order:
First … Then …. Next…. Finally / At last…
For each part of the story try to find the most interesting words you can to describe how you felt or what was happening.
Then write out your story using these interesting words.
Read through your story.
Then show it to your partner. Let him/her suggest some new and exciting words.
Help your partner with his/ her story.
Write out the story and put it into a class collection of stories.