Church humour

Church humour

(English for Christians)

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Author: Uli Nater
Length: 24 page(s)
Written: Nov 2014
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Category: Education & Teaching » Foreign Languages  |  Work: Textbook
Keywords: humour, humor, joke, denomination, matching, jigsaw reading, speaking, listening, verb tenses, English, foreign, second, language, teach, teaching, Christian

Understanding and telling jokes

ABOUT THIS UNIT

Aim:

Students can understand and tell religious jokes. They discuss denominational stereotypes and the role of humour in church.

- Levels: intermediate / upper-intermediate (B1-B2)
- Time: approx. 2 hours

Procedure:

This unit starts off with the well-known format of light bulb jokes, e.g. "How many Charismatics does it take to change a light bulb? - Five. One to change the bulb and four to bind the spirit of darkness in the room." Students match questions and answers of denominational light bulb jokes, which leads to a discussion about denominational stereotypes.

In a jigsaw reading activity, students read, memorise and share further religious jokes, thereby improving their reading, speaking and listening skills. A subsequent small group discussion has them reflect on their sense of humour, good and bad taste jokes and the role of humour in church.


THE "ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIANS" SERIES

"English for Christians" prepares language learners to interact successfully in a Christian English-speaking environment. This series of supplementary materials can be used alongside any course book. It covers a range of Christian topics, skills and language levels and is suitable for Christians of all denominations.

All materials are photocopiable and ready for classroom use. They include:

- the students' edition (handouts in original A4 page size)
- interleaved teacher's notes (scaled-down student pages and teaching instructions side by side on a landscape-orientation A4 page)

The materials are aimed at students who:

- work or plan to work abroad as a missionary or in a Christian environment
- study theology in English or study English while attending a theology college
- attend international church services, Bible studies, Christian conferences, work camps or holidays
- prefer Christian to secular teaching content

Whereas most Christian EFL* materials seek to convert learners to the Christian faith, this series is designed for students who are already Christians, and does not follow an evangelistic approach.


* EFL (English as a Foreign Language) = ESL (English as a Second Language) = ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) = ELT (English Language Teaching) = TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) = TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) = TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
These terms tend to be used interchangeably.


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With 12 years’ experience as a language teacher, I’m now a part-time writer of English teaching materials. I hold the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and have completed International Training Network’s course “The Christian teacher”. With my diverse church background, I’ve experienced a range of different denominations, countries and nationalities. This has shown me that there are specific skills and vocabulary items that Christians need in an English-speaking context. So I’ve set out to create varied, communicative learning materials, which I hope you will find both useful and enjoyable!

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