Говорят, смех полезен для здоровья и даже продлевает жизнь. Так давайте же насладимся юмором сполна и зарядим им своих учеников! На носу 1 апреля — отличный повод улыбнуться. Мы подготовили план урока по теме “April Fool’s Day“, чтобы у вас была возможность провести wow-урок для студентов. Let’s switch to English then!

Level: Upper-Intermediate +


Lesson aims: During this lesson, your high-level students will be able to check how well they understand the humour, practice their listening and reading skills and express themselves.

Lesson plan:

  1. Warm-up
  2. Lead-in
  3. The unique sense of humour
  4. Comedians and comedy shows
  5. Anecdotes: let’s get inspired
  6. Homework

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1. Warm-up

Is a sense of humour important to you? Why, why not? How often do you watch stand-up shows?

2. Lead-in

Try to answer the questions below. Remember: you have to think outside the box!

  1. What do you call a fish with no eye?
  2. What do you call a fish wearing a tie?
  3. Why do programmers prefer dark mode?
Keys: 1. fsh 2. sofishticated 3. cause light attracts bugs

3. Task 1: The unique sense of humour

Let’s listen to the podcast and discuss some of the questions raised:

• What makes British humour special?

Keys: It’s connected with the language and culture. 1. There are lots of words with more than one meaning and that can be funny 2. Homophones and puns 3. Playing with grammar makes it possible 4. British people like to laugh at themselves and, in general, they don’t take themselves too seriously.

• Are there any particular targets of British jokes?

Keys: One of the favourite subjects is relationships.

• What’s the secret of a good joke?

Keys: It should be short and easy to understand.

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4. Task 2: Comedians and comedy shows

Read the descriptions of some famous comedians and try to guess them:

1. He is an English actor, comedian and writer. He played the title roles on the sitcom Mr. Bean, and the film series Johnny English.
2. He is a Russian comedian, creator and producer of the «Stand Up» show.
3. He is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and artist known for his energetic slapstick performances. He broke out as a star in motion pictures with Ace Ventura and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
4. He is a French-American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer.

Keys: 1. Rowan Atkinson (the UK) 2. Ruslan Beliy (Russia) 3. Jim Carrey (the USA) 4. Dany Boon (France)

Do you watch any comedy shows? Are they popular in your country?

Let’s watch different types of comedy shows:

Let’s check whether you understood the idea:

  1. Which museum did he mention?
  2. How did the audience react?
Keys: The British Museum. They laughed.

Take a look at some comments below:

План урока к 1 апреля “April Fool's Day“

Do you understand the humour?


1. The idea here is that The British Empire used to conquer other countries, rob them and then organize exhibitions in their museum.
2. Here he shows typical British attitude towards the power of their Empire but still with a special humour.
3. Here we can see the same attitude towards British history and the absurdity mentioned by James Acaster.

Let’s discuss the video “Mr Bean Takes An Exam“:

  • How is Mr. Bean feeling?
  • Have you ever cheated?
  • Do exams make you mad? (or did they?)
  • What’s your attitude towards Mr. Bean show? Is it stupid or hilarious?

Let’s discuss what we’ve watched: 

  1. Why is the host explaining the joke made?
  2. How can the audience understand whether the joke was made on the audience member?
  3. What are the most common Google questions about the host? Are they true?
  4. There was a man who appeared at the end. Do you think he was an audience member?

1. Ellen recently pretended to kick out an audience member, but some people online thought it was real.
2. An audience member is usually wearing a microphone.
3. How old is her daughter? Who’s Ellen’s son? These questions are false.
4. Yes, he was an audience member as he was reading from cue cards and wearing a mic.

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5. Task 3: Anecdotes: let’s get inspired

Let’s read some anecdotes and discuss them:

A: Hey, man! Please call me a taxi.
B: Yes, sir. You are a taxi.

A: I have the perfect son.
B: Does he smoke?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: Does he drink whiskey?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: Does he ever come home late?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: I guess you really do have the perfect son. How old is he?A: He will be six months old next Wednesday.

A: Do you want to hear a dirty joke?
B: Ok.
A: A white horse fell in the mud.

A person who speaks two languages is bilingual… A person who speaks three languages is trilingual… A person who speaks four or more languages is multilingual. What is a person who speaks one language? An American.

Which of these jokes do you like the most?

Create your own joke in English. Here are some of the ideas that might help you:

• Joke about yourself. Using yourself as the butt of your own joke is a sure way to get people cracking up. 

Example: I’m really good in bed. I can sleep for like 10 straight hours without waking up once.

• Crack one about your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. We’ve all seen comedians use them as funny joke fodder.

Example: Straight guys will never know how expensive it is to be a woman. And that’s why you pay for dinner.

• Joke about a place or situation. There are excellent fodders for jokes everywhere around. Figure out what’s quirky, annoying or surprising about somewhere you’ve been or something you’ve seen.

Example: I grew up near Newark, New Jersey. If New York City’s the city that never sleeps, Newark, New Jersey is the city that watches you sleep.
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6. Homework

Write an essay. Here is the topic: “Some subjects are inappropriate for jokes. For example, death or religion”.

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  • Фото аватара
    Ирина Усс

    СУПЕР! Как скачать урок?

    • Анна Михайлова (Левина) Автор блога skyteach.ru
      Анна Михайлова-Левина

      Ирина, здравствуйте! Воркшит отдельно не делали, но вы можете воспользоваться идеями и текстом статьи)


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