A taste of English humour
Look at the following pictures. Which picture can make you laugh?
u feel my love?
I want to lose my weight.
I’m driving at a high speed.
Do you feel funny?
How many kinds of humour do you know about?
Kinds of humour
jokes sketch小品 mime 哑剧 comedy 喜剧 funny stories cross talk 相声 tongue twister绕口令
What kind of humour do these pictures show us ?
Mark Twain was
the popular and humourous American author.
Do they have something in common ?
Two or more speakers make many jokes and funny conversation.
● Girl : If we marry, will you give me a ring? Boy: Of course, What’s your telephone number? ● Customer: What’s that fly(苍蝇) doing in my soup？ Waiter: Swimming, I think!
One should love animals, they are so delicious. Behind every successful man, there is a woman, and behind every unsuccessful man, there are two. The more you learn ,the more you know, the more you know, the more you forget, the more you forget, the less you know, so why bother to learn.
What is humour?
Humour is a word means making others laugh. If someone often makes others laugh, We say he is humourous; We call him a humourist.
A Master of Nonverbal Humour
Pre-reading Charlie Chaplin He is one of the most famous humourists that can make others laugh all the time. He was a great silent movie star.
The Tramp 流浪汉 1915
The Kid 寻子遇仙记 1921
The Gold Rush 淘金记 1925
The Circus 大马戏团 1928
Modern Times 摩登时代 1936
The Great Dictator 大独裁者 1940
What’s the passage mainly about? A. The history of English humor B. The films Chaplin made. C. The humour Chaplin made in his films.
D. The Gold Rush in California.
Find out the main idea of each paragraph.
para.3 para.4 para.5 a)What Charlie’s most famous character was like b) Why people needed cheering c) His achievements d) What Charlie’s childhood was like e) An example of a sad situation that he made funny
Write notes about Charlie Chaplin’s lifetime:
in 1889 born:__________________
an actor his job:_______________________
famous character:__________________ little tramp
nonverbal humor/mime type of acting:_____________________
in 1972: given a special Oscar for his lifetime
outstanding work. __________________________ 1977, in Switzerland died:____________________
Choose the best answer.
1. How do you understand the sentence “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”? C A. Laughter is the power to drive winter away and welcome warm spring. B. Laughter can keep one’s face warm, especially during freezing winter. C. Laughter can make people forget their problems and make them feel happy.
2. Why does the writer say “nobody has been able to do this better than Charlie Chaplin”？ Because Charlie Chaplin brightened the lives of Americans and British through two world wars and the hard years in between. He made people laugh at the time when they felt depressed, so they could feel more content with their lives.
意思：在两次世界大战及其间困难的时 期，他给美国人和英国人的生活带来了 欢乐。在人们感到沮丧的时候，他可以 使他们开怀大笑，于是人们就对自己的 生活感到比较满足。
Careful reading (Para. 2)
True or false:
1. Chaplin was born in a rich family. F 2. His parents were both music hall T performers.
Careful reading (Para. 2)
3.When Charlie Chaplin was a little child, he was taught to sing and dance because _____.
A.his parents wanted him to be famous when he grew up B. he liked singing and dancing very much
C. his parents thought he could make a living by doing so D. his parents were famous music hall performers
Childhood What happened
His parents His father _____, taught him died leaving the family ______ as soon sing even ________. He worse off as he could spent his childhood Family ___________his speak and looking after _______ as soon dance ______ mother and sick as he could his brother. walk.
Childhood What happened
Charlie became one of the most popular child ______ in England actors through his________. humour mime He could ________and act _______ the fool doing _________everyday ordinary tasks.
Complete the notes about Charlie Chaplin.
Type of acting Character
little tramp, a poor and homeless person large trousers, worn-out shoes, small round black hat and a walking stick
The Little Tramp a moustache a small round black hat a walking stick a small coat large trousers worn-out shoes
The Little Tramp was poor a ____ and homeless ________ person. It was known and loved by many people around the world.
Reason for success
charming, social failure with a determination to overcome difficulties and always kind
Careful reading (Para.4) 1. The Gold Rush, one of Chaplin’s most famous films, was made in ____. A A. America C. Canada B. Britain D. Australia
B 2. The story of The Gold Rush happened ___.
A. in the 1750s
C. in the 1890s
B. in the 1850s
D. in the 1950s
3. In The Gold Rush, Chaplin and his friend eat a pair of shoes because ___. D A. they are interested in it B. the shoes are delicious C. they want to make the people laugh D. they are very hungry
What’s the correct order of the following events?
Chaplin tried cutting and eating the bottom 6 of the shoe.
Chaplin and his friend washed sand and 1 expected to pick up gold, but they failed.
They were so hungry that they boiled a pair 3 of leather shoes.
They were caught in a small wooden house. Chaplin cut off the leather top of the shoe. Chaplin picked out the laces and ate.
Watch the video then use “First,--- Then, --- Finally” to describe his actions.
First he picks out the laces and eats them as if they were spaghetti. [ sp??geti ]
Then he cuts off the leather top of the shoe, treating it as if it were the finest steak. Finally he tries cutting and eating the bottom of the shoe.
He eats each mouthful with great enjoyment and treats it as if it were the finest steak.
Why could Chaplin make terrible situation ( like poverty and starvation ) funny? A. Because he was good at acting. B. Because he had experienced the bad situation and made them “real” for his audience. C. Because he was a social failure in his career. D. Because he was at the time of silent film.
What’s the author’s attitude to
A. positive B. negative
The writer mentioned that Chaplin's character “little tramp” is charming and lovable, and he won an Oscar for a lifetime of outstanding work, which proves that the writer likes Chaplin and appreciates his work.
Charlie Chaplin was born in a _____ family in poor 1889 _____and at that time film were silent. He was a famous _______, especially in ______ and farce. His actor mime silent films are still popular today. His charming a little tramp character was ____________, who was very poor, very_____ even when people were ________ to him. unkind kind failure He was a social _________, and he was homeless, optimism but he had _____________ and ______________ to determination overcome difficulties. What he wore were worn-out _________ shoes, large trousers and a small round black hat, and he was always carrying a walking stick. Charlie Chaplin _________ in the film The Gold starred Rush. He played a man with bad luck eating shoes with great __________ when he_______________ a enjoyment was caught in snowstorm in a small wooden house.
Humour is everywhere in our daily life. I hope you can be optimistic(乐观) no matter what difficulties you meet , just as Charlie Chaplin was.
If you don’t feel content with your life, please
… Play games...
...Enjoy the fields...
… Get some sun...
… Have a beer…
… Get rid of the horrible diets (after all you are not so fat)...
...Don’t unload your anger on others
Don’t be angry even when others are unkind to you.
...Never stop loving...
…Don’t be afraid of others just because they are bigger than you. The real size could be measured in the wisdom.
Try to make a sad situation entertaining
In a word, you should develop a sense of humor
and have a positive attitude towards life
And finally look in the mirror and think “I’m beautiful”