Teaching goals 教学目标
1. Target language 目标语言
mime, farce, verbal, nonverbal, slide, skin, cruel, particular, entertaining, throughout, homeless, worn-out, failure, overcome, difficulty, fortunate, snowstorm, chew
content with, badly off, pick out, cut off, star in,
Do you find it funny to see someone sliding on a banana skin, bumping into someone else round a corner, or falling down a hole in the road? P17
Perhaps it makes us feel more content with our life… P17
He became famous for using a particular form of acting, including mime and farce. P17
But he was lived by all who watched the films for his determination in overcoming difficulties and being kind even when people were unkind to him. P 18
Imagine you are hungry and all there is to eat is a boiled shoe. P18
That was the problem facing Charlie Chaplin in one of his most famous films. P18
2. Ability goals 能力目标
Enable the students to talk about some types of English humor and Chinese humor, then learn what humor means and what is nonverbal humor
3. learning ability goals 学能目标
a. Help the students to learn how to talk about some types of English and Chinese humor, and then find their differences.
b. Let the students listen and read the jokes, so that they can realize that humor is to let people to be optimistic about everything around.
Teaching important points 教学重点
Help the students learn how to understand and enjoy English humor. While as to the reading, learn how to divide the text into several parts according to the meaning of the passage
Teaching difficulty points 教学难点
a. Help the students know the differences between the English and Chinese humors
b. Decide the divide of the paragraphs of the text
Teaching methods 教学方法
Using pictures, discussion, reading, scanning and careful reading
Teaching aids 教具准备
A recorder and a projector
Teaching procedures & ways 教学过程与方式
Step I Revision
Ask the students to read the words and expressions that appear in warming up, pre-reading and reading
T: Class begin..
Ss: Good morning, miss.
T: Good morning, everyone. Before our class, please turn to P97 and read the new words together. Read twice for each one, ok?
Ss: Ok. (The students read the new words together )
Step II Warming up
T: Good. Try your best to recite the words as soon as possible. Today, we are going to the new text. At first, I would like to show you a picture. Please look at the picture carefully. (Start the new unit by showing the students a picture)
T: Look! What do you think of the picture?
Ss: It’s very interesting. A wolf or maybe it is a dog is jumping across the back of a sheep.
T: Yes. Actually, it is a wolf. As we know, wolf is the natural enemy of sheep. Will a wolf jump across a sheep without eating it? No. After seeing the picture, it is so funny that we can’t help laughing about their acting. It makes us laugh and feel nice. So today, we are going to learn something about humor. The title is A taste of English humor. Do you know some English humor?
Ss: (Some students may know some English humor and they will put up their hands.)
T: Ok, I’ll ask someone to tell some English humors to us.
(Ask some students to tell.)
T: That’s really funny. Thank you! In fact, we name the English humor you told just now verbal joke. Then, look at some pictures again. Guess who they are.
Ss: The first one is Charlie Chaplin.
T: Yes, I dare say that everybody know him. How about the second picture?
Ss: He is Mr. Bean, one of the most famous and successful British actor.
T: Good. You are right. He is now recognized as the most popular British comedy expert. How about the last one? We have just learnt one of his play—A million pound bank-note. Now, do you know who he is?
Ss: Mark Twain.
T: Yes. He is an American writer and his writing is famous for humor, right?
T: Now, let’s look at the chart on P17. What does it tell us from the table?
We can see that Charlie Chaplin is good at nonverbal humor; Mr. bean is famous for his mime and farce; while Mark Twain was good at tell some funny tales. Then how about Edward Lear? Do you know him?
Ss: No, we don’t know.
T: Ok, he is a famous British poet. His poems are funny and they were all from daily life. Until now people also read them and enjoy them. If you want to know more about him, you can go and read about him in:
or you can read the book 《爱德华·李尔:一个漫游者的一生》which was written by Vivian Noakes.
However, we will meet the problem that it seems some English humors sound no funny at all to us because the sense of humor of English and Chinese is different. So, do you know some persons in Chinese who are good at humor? I’ll show you some pictures again. See, who are they and what are they good
at? Nonverbal, mime and farce, funny tales or funny poems?
Ss: The first picture is Chen Peisi. The second one is Zhao Benshan, but I don’t know the third and the fourth one.
T: Do you know what are Chen Peisi and Zhao Benshan good at?
Ss: Chen Peisi is famous for his mime and farce. Zhao Benshan is famous for his Xiaopin.
T: Good. I think Zhao Benshan is famous for his mime, too. The third one is Hou Baolin, who is a famous cross talk actor. But what a pity, he has died. The last one is Liu Quanhe & Liu Quanli, both of them are good at Ya ju (哑剧). So, can you finish the column of the chart now?
The suggested answers:
Pantomime (哑剧) 刘全和、刘全利
Mime and farce
Funny plays 陈佩斯、赵本山
Cross talk 侯宝林
Step III Pre-reading
T: According to the column, what do you like to laugh at?
Ss: (Ask the students to talk about their opinion)
T: Ok, as you all have your own choice and you do love making jokes, right? However, do you know what humor means exactly? Does it mean all the things that make people laugh?
Ss: We think so.
T: Have you ever thought that there may be some jokes which will hurt the other person? For example: “You, stupid pig! If you keep on making mistakes, I will pick your head and beat it like a basketball.” Do you think I am right to say these words?
Ss: No, it is rude.
T: That means humor is not always kind. Pay attention to your words when you want to make jokes. Then, what we are going to learn is a kind of humor that makes people laugh without using any words. How can we? Please look at the P17------ reading: Nonverbal humor
T: This reading material takes Charlie Chaplin for example. It tells us what nonverbal humor means; what’s Charlie Chaplin’s style of acting; how he made a sad situation entertaining and so on.
At first, as I have told you to preview the text, tell me how many passages the material can be divided and the main idea of each paragraph.
Ss: We think the text is made up of four parts. The first part is the first paragraph. The second part is the second paragraph. The third and the fourth part is the third paragraph. And the last paragraph is the fourth part. The first part tells us that not all humor is kind. The second part tells us that some actors can astonish us with the deep feeling they can inspire with us for a character they are playing. The third one tells us something about Charlie Chaplin’s acting style. The last one is a short biography about Charlie Chaplin.
T: Ok, it sounds reasonable. Are there any different opinions?
Ss: We think there are three parts in this text. The first paragraph is the first part. From the second to the fourth paragraph is the second part. And the last one is the last part.
T: Can you tell us your main ideas of the text?
Ss: The first and the last ones are the same with my classmate before, but I think the second part of the text is about Charlie Chaplin’s humor.
T: Good. Both of you sound reasonable. A reading material can have many different understanding! Here is my idea, you can think over whether it is reasonable or not. The text can also be divided into three parts. The first and the second paragraph are the first part. It tells us that there are two kinds of humor. One is bad and the other can inspire people. The second part is the third and the fourth paragraphs. It tells us how Charlie Chaplin made a sad situation entertaining. And the last part is the same with yours. Ok, think over my idea after class.
Then, let us have a discussion about the text. Please look at the screen. These are three questions. Read the text again and find the answer to the questions.
1. What is behind fun?
2. Why did people like The Little Tramp?
3. Do you think Charlie Chaplin’s eating boiled shoes funny? Why?
Three minutes later:
T: Who would like to answer the first question?
Ss: From the first paragraph, we can see that not all humor is kind. Although we also laugh when we see someone slide on a banana, it’s really dangerous to those one, especially to those old people. So when we think about it we will find it is not funny.
T: Yes. That means when we are trying to play a joke, we have to think whether it will bring hurt to the others, right? Fun is to bring happiness but not sadness. How about the second question?
Ss: Because it gives people courage to overcome difficulties. / I think that people liked him best is because he was always being kind even when people were unkind to him.
T: Good. Any other opinions?
Ss: I think that people like him is because he will never tease him.
T: Ok, and how about the last question?
Ss: I think it is funny, but not very much, because I’m not hungry. / I don’t think it is funny because it reminds me of the people who are in true hunger.
T: Maybe. Anyway, I think the happiest feeling needn’t other people to find and to wake. Everyone can do this. We all have our own life, no matter we are poor or rich, and we should live happily.
Well, so much on today. Do you have any questions about what we have learned? (Wait for the students’ response.) If there is no questions, then remember your StepVHomework:
Read the text again and find the language points
1. Finish the Comprehending and Learning about Language on P19
(If there are few minutes left, ask the students to read the text by themselves.)