Lead-in Life consists of laughter and tears. People around the world love to laugh. Which do you think is better for you, laughing every day or an apple per day?
Yes! It’s Mr. Bean!
How do you feel when you see him? stupid silly … strange funny
Comedians. Who are they? How do you feel when you see them?
… Brainstorming What makes people laugh? humorous stories jokes funny movies comedies
Picture-talk • Grim Reaper has a sense of humour.
Observation • Do the four posters share something in common? If so, what are they? • Which of the events do you think will be the funniest? Why? • Why do people like funny things?
Discussion How can we put more laughter in our lives? • read funny stories, watch funny movies and … • surround yourself with funny people • develop your own sense of humor • …
humour What would you say? A British would say: “It’s a little damp outside.”
joke • Where do you wash? B. In the spring. A. I didn’t ask when. I asked you where. Do you like British sense of humour? Would you like to learn more about it?
ScanningP104 • What are the keys to understanding British humour? 1. The British like to make fun of themselves as well as others. 2. To know that the British often use understatement. • What does understatement mean? Understatement means saying less than you think or feel.
Skimming • What kind of people do the British like to make fun of? People from different classes of society. • What jokes do they make about these people? They make jokes about people’s accents, the way they dress and the way they behave.
What does Rowan Atkinson use to make people laugh? Body movements and facial expressions. • Why do people find Mr. Bean funny? Because he does things that adults in the real world cannot do. • Why is Mr. Bean popular in many countries round the world? Because you don’t have to speak English to understand the humour.
Game Who is the best joke-teller?
Take it easy, baby! Miao~~~ Dad, cat! Run, run, run!
I have told you thousands of times to learn a foreign language is very important! I see, dad.
Homework • Do relevant exercises in Assessment Book. • Read Ronald Reagan on page 105 in Workbook • Preview reading.