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.
Customer: What’s that fly(苍蝇) doing in my soup? Waiter: Swimming, I think!
2. Girl : If we marry, will you give me a ring ?
Boy: Of course, What’s your telephone
Enjoy some verbal jokes:
1. Policeman: You can’t park here.
Driver: Why can’t I ?
Policeman: Read the sigh there.
Driver: It says, “Fine for Parking,” so
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3. Interviewer: What would you say if a man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say? Interviewee : He must have had on some really nice pants.
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
He is one of the most famous humourists that can make others laugh all the time. He was a great silent movie star. Modern Times, The Little Tramp, The Gold Rush, City Light are his masterpieces.
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.
a) What Charlie’s most famous character was like b)Why peaple needed cheering
para.3 para.4 para.5
d)What Charlie’s childhood was like e)An example of a sad situation that he made funny
Notes about Charlie Chaplin’s career
Born Died Job Type of acting 1889 1977 Actor Mime and farce(笑剧) “the tramp”, a poor and homeless person Because he has optimism and determination to overcome difficulties and he is always kind
Reason for success
Para1.Why Charlie Chaplin was called the master of nonverbal humour? Why could he do for the people？ He brightened the lives of Americans and British through two world wars and the hard years in between. He made people laugh at a time when they felt depressed, so they could feel more content with their lives.
What do you know about Charlie’s childhood? 1) He was born in a poor family. 2) His parents taught him sing as soon as he could speak and dance as soon as he could walk. 3) Charlie became one of the most popular child actor in England through his humour.
Why this character was so famous?
a small round He was loved for his optimism and was The Little Tramp black hat poor a ____ difficulties. ________ determination to overcome alland homeless person. He was stick underdog who was kind a walking the even others were unkind to him. It was known and loved by many people around the world.
Para.3 The Little Tramp
Para4. The Gold Rush Put the following sentences in order.
1.Cut off the leather top of the shoe
2.Pick out the laces and eat them
3.Try cutting and eating the bottom of the shoe
4.Treat it as if it were the finest meat 5.Sit down at the table with plate and drinking up
Post-reading: True or False
1. Charlie Chaplin was poor when he was a T small boy. 2. People who don’t know English cannot enjoy Chaplin’s films. F silent films 3.The Gold Rush is set in California in the middle of the nineteenth century. F late 4. In The Gold Rush Chaplin and his friend unfortunate are fortunate to find some gold . F 5. In the film the meal he eats is hard to T chew. 6. Chaplin not only acted in films but wrote and directed films as well. T
Work in pairs. Imagine that you are Charlie Chaplin, and your partner is a journalist from 21st Century. Make an interview according to the reading passage.
1. What should we learn from Charlie Chaplin? 2.How many ways can you make others
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.