Celebrate the world of jokes with this integrated skills lesson plan for teenagers and adults at CEF level B1 and above.

Rachael Roberts


This lesson was devised to mark World Laughter Day, held on the first Sunday in May each year. However, it could be used at any time of year as this is not specifically mentioned.

The lesson begins by asking the students to read some jokes. These jokes were all selected as part of a research study into what makes us laugh (http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-11-24-what-makes-us-laugh-its-serious-research).

After discussing the jokes, the lesson moves on to look at a range of verbs that students could use instead of ‘say’.

Students then look at the typical structure of a joke before practising telling their own jokes in English.


  • Provide reading and speaking practice around the topic of jokes.
  • Expand students’ range of verbs to describe ways of speaking.
  • Enable students to tell a joke in English, speaking for an extended period.


CEF level B1 and above

Age group:

Teenagers and adults


50 - 60 minutes


The lesson plan and student worksheet can be downloaded below in PDF format



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