Role Play and Discussions - Lesson 1

Role Play and Discussions - Lesson 1

Age Group: Adults, Business English
Subject: Listening, Speaking
Goal of Lesson: Teaching Humor in Class - Getting students to speak and express themselves in English.
Time Needed: 30 minutes
Materials Needed: Whiteboard

Discussion - Lesson #1 - Humor


Warm up questions


  • What is humor?
  • Do you have a sense of humor?
  • What types of humor can a person have?
  • Do you know a joke that you can tell the class?


Vocabulary for discussion


Fun           Funny           Humor/Humorous           A sense of humor (dry, good, bad)     

Joke           Tell a joke           Dirty Joke           Get it? /Don’t get it           Punch line      

A pun           Riddle           comedian/comedy           hilarious           A one liner


What type of jokes are these?


  • If a cow laughs, does milk come out of its’ nose?
  • I went for a walk last night and my wife asked me how long I’d been gone? I said “ the whole time”.
  • If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?
  • When cheese gets its’ picture taken what does it say?
  • Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
  • If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown to?
  • Why is a man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • If you ate pasta and antipasti, would you still be hungry?
  • When someone asks you, a penny for your thoughts and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?
  • What is the speed of light.......OK, then what is the speed of dark?
  • If a pig loses it voice, is it disgruntled?
  • Why do women wear evening gowns to nightclubs? Shouldn’t hey be wearing nightgowns?
  • Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a racecar not called a racist?
  • “ I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “ I do” is the longest sentence?
  • Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny?
  • Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn’t live there.
  • Why did the boy throw the butter out the window?.......He wanted to see the butterfly.
  • What is black and white and red all over?.......A newspaper.
  • When a man talks dirty to a woman it is sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man it is NT 80 per minute.
  • If it’s tourist season why can’t we shoot them?
  • What do you call a cow with no legs?.......Ground beef.
  • What do you call a man with no legs and arms laying by your door?.......Mat.
  • What do you call a man with no legs and arms hanging on your wall?.......Art.
  • A young woman, pregnant with twins, went into labor while her husband was out of town. Her brother had been visiting and offered to go to the hospital with her. Now, her brother had always been the clown of the family, but this wasn’t the time to be picky. The woman had some problems so she had to be put under for surgery. After she awoke, the doctor told her she had two beautiful babies: a girl and a boy, and that her brother had already named the babies. Knowing that her brother was always joking she was a little worried and asked what he had named the babies? The doctor replied: he named the little girl Denise”. “Well that’s a pretty name” smiled the relieved mother. “And what did he name my son?” The doctor smiled and said ”DaNephew.”
  • At 3 am a desk clerk at a hotel gets a call from a drunken guy asking what time the bar opens? “ It opens at noon,” answers the clerk.  About an hour later he gets a call from the same guy, sounding even drunker. “What time does the bar open” he asks.    “ Same time as before…noon” replies the clerk.  Another hour passes and he calls again really drunk, “ Whatjoo shay the bar opins at?” The clerk then answers, “It opens at noon, but if you can’t wait, I can have room service send some wine up to you.”    “ No…. I don’t wanna git in…..I wanna git OUT!”


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