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April Fools Day: Jokes and pranks resources

Inject some fun into your class with this range of lesson plans, worksheets and resources all related to jokes and pranks. 

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Celebrations: April Fool's Day: Mystery Island

In this lesson, students read about a little-known holiday destination, learn geographical language and do a true/false activity.

The world's funniest joke

The use of present tenses when telling a joke in English; pausing and rhythm in pronunciation.

Truth and lies

Diary from Dublin: Secrets and stories, lies and loves

In her ninth diary entry, Ruth Powell confesses to telling more than a few fibs to keep the language learning moving.

Speaking: Would I lie to you?

Josh Taylor wins the competition with a devious speaking activity that is perfect for a first class.   

Teacher anecdotes

Anecdote: Tapping into British humour

British humour should never be introduced into the classroom. I know. I've heard this dozens of times before - it just doesn't translate. But we all like a good pun or witty comment don't we? Sometimes you just can't help yourself.

Anecdote: A slippery start

Early on in my teaching career I got a job in an international hotel and tourism college in Bangkok. Previous to this I had only taught in small private language schools. The new job seemed like a significant step up the ladder of academia. Little did I know what was in store. I was assigned to teach a composition course to final year students, who were only about a year or two younger than myself. Trying to teach writing to groups of fifty fun-loving Thai students was not an easy task. ...

Anecdote: Strong students

I am an English teacher at a high school in Mexico. I give classes to several groups from different grades. I have always had a very nice relationship with all my students. Usually this would be considered a good thing, and in most cases it is. Unfortunately in some other cases this can cause students to see me just as another one of their kind.

Anecdote: So much for a tidy classroom!

I have the reputation of being one of those teachers who keep complaining about messy classrooms, littered floors, scribbling on desks and stuff lying around on the teacher's desk that does not belong there at all. Therefore, at the beginning of each English lesson, I ask my students to quickly tidy up so that the general disorder does not exceed my level of tolerance.

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