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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19. 76 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

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Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

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Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 16. 80 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

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Find in this discussion, all the materials related to humorous stories, jokes, riddles etc....

Here is a start. Some nice jokes in audio and some exercises....  Also try Joke of the Day!

Read the book on Gif Lingua.

See the Riddles activity below to get students thinking! 

Retelling is a powerful way for students to learn language. They retell in their own words and using the context of “the story”, acquire language. Here's one way to use the funny stories ppt that you can print out and give a slide/page to each student. 

1.  Photocopy the stories after printing and give one to a student (one of your better students). Ask the student to go out of the classroom and read it carefully.

2. Tell or read the rest of the students a story and tell them to listen carefully because if they guess the ending, you’ll give them a prize. Stop before the punchline and ask them if they can guess the punchline.

3. Bring in the student who is outside. Ask them to retell their story to the class, stopping before the ending/punchline. Students listen and guess the ending.

4. Then, the class takes turn to tell the first story, the teacher told. The student who went outside tries to guess the ending.

5. Give all students a story. Give them 3-5 minutes to understand and read, ask any questions about the text.  Then, put students in groups of 3-4 and each student tells their story to others. Stopping so others can guess the punchline.

6. Give students in each group a number. The “1s” form a group. The “2s” etc… They retell their story a second time (and will do much better!).

7.  Return to the first group. Students then must retell a story they were told by others in the last group!

8. Finish up by asking what were the best stories. Get some better students to retell to the whole group!

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Here are the best funny stories I collected from memory. Also a nice riddle activity in groups of 3.
Three more funny stories with audio.
Do you have comic?

I haven't uploaded all our comic materials but get ideas in this discussion thread. Also have you tried www.pixton.com ? I wrote about it a while back.

Here are the comic materials in our Resource area but also go to www.mediafire.com and see a PILE of stuff for download under comics.


I love your postings - just found them today, so I am looking forward to actually using them.
I found a bit of a problem with the Funny Stories however. The recordings are all of The Present. Could you check this out and add the recording of The Skydiver and the Memory Problem?
Leah Schwartz (schwartz159)
Here is a ppt of many funny stories (you can print the ppt - File - Print Preview - Print to get handouts or see the Funny stories in the first post. These are excellent for listening or retelling...everyone likes a joke!

Get the Flash HERE!
Hi, Mr. Ddeubel
They are very funny and interesting materials, but the audio materials for 'the skydriver'and Memory Problem' do not match with the writtem materials. Could you check them, please? Thank you.
Something else I noticed, Mr. Duebel... in the flash/I Spring presentation, the complete text for some of the stories is missing. This happens when the other guy is telling the story, and the text continues on for more than one page spread (you've got to copy a second page). It happens on First Class Blonde (though it was funnier when I couldn't read the punch line ahead of time), Mr. Vapors and the Whisperer, and Come for the Bull.
I will check out both issues today and report back. Funny problem :)

thanks for reporting these!

See the complete set of jokes / audio above and the materials.

Ellen - my mistake but I actually like it that some jokes don't have text at the end! Might be a way to do this in the future too - I like that method where students have to listen very carefully to the end. So I'm going to leave it for the moment. Sometimes a mistake is not a mistake :)

Don't you like that blond joke? It's hilarious.

Here are a few funny story books...
Why are all the audios the same, about a guy who wanted to try skydiving?

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