Upper Intermediate level
To provide clarification and practice of connecting words in the context of jokes
To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of jokes
Procedure (37-49 minutes)
Students will look at a picture representing April Fool's Day, and answer the following two questions: 1) Does your country have a day that is designated for jokes, such as April Fool's Day? 2) When you are told a joke, do you tend to believe it or are you mostly skeptical? Students will have a brief conversation in their breakout rooms to discuss the questions, then share with the class.
Students will quickly read a text regarding April Fool's Day, and famous jokes played on people by famous corporations. A gist activity will follow, in which students will be asked to match the corporation with the April Fool's Day joke that was told (Google Form). Students will review their answers in breakout groups, then share with the class.
Students will highlight the connecting words within the text, and determine the ones describing reason and the ones describing contrast.
Teacher will clarify meaning, form, and pronunciation of the connecting words found within the next.
Students will read the text for detail, focusing on the newly highlighted connecting words. Afterwards, they will rewrite sentences using the connecting words/phrases provided (Google Form). Students will review their answers in their breakout rooms, then share with the class.
In their breakout rooms, students will share a joke that they told or have been told, and talk about whether they (or their targets) believed it or not. Class discussion will follow.