Ja, Ja, ja jueves!
My students look forward to Thursdays. I am now under the impression that Thursday is their favorite day of the week. Why? Because it’s ja,Ja, Ja, jueves (ha, ha, ha Thursdays) and it’s so contagious that When I say jueves students correct me and say no senora it’s ja, ja, ja jueves.
So what happens during ja, ja, ja, jueves? I tell a joke. A very bad but comprehensible joke. I find jokes online in the target language that are comprehensible and appropriate for high school. This activity takes about 10 minutes at the beginning of the period.
So this is how we do it! I tell the joke twice while pointing and pausing. The students signal that they understood the joke by saying ja,ja,ja. Sometimes I have them read the joke. If there’s one person in the class that didn’t understand the joke after I said it a few times, I ask for a volunteer in the classroom to translate the joke. Sometimes the students ask me to tell them another joke by saying “otro, otro!” if I have time and if I know another joke I dot it. I try to match the joke to vocabulary of themes that we’re currently acquiring, but that’s not always possible. If a new word comes up, I simply write on the board, and I continue telling the joke. In order to make the joke comprehensible sometimes I use props or act it out. Last Thursday a student brought his own joke. I read it and approved it, and he told the joke to the class in the target language. His joke was better than mine, so naturally, everyone laughed. The student felt like the star of the class!
¿Qué le dijo una uva verde a una morada?
Here is a list of resources and links to already prepared comphrehensible, appropiate jokes!
This one is a collection of Jokes and memes created by Amy Roe
Bryan Kendle has a list of 300 chistes available at teacher’s pay teachers