Los chistes

About 6 years ago, I was teaching English in Costa Rica.  One day, something came up in class that made me think of a joke.  I think we were talking about animal paws, and it reminded me of the joke about the dog with the bandage on his foot that walks into a bar looking for the man who shot his paw.  I told the joke to the class, and they loved it.  From then on, I started telling more jokes until I was doing one per day.  The students looked forward to the jokes, and I was amazed at their attention.

Now that  I’m teaching Spanish, I’ve been coming back to jokes as a way to sneak in some highly interesting input at the beginning of each class.  Last year, I told a joke per day all year. It is not easy to come up with a joke each day that is:

1. funny in Spanish

2. comprehensible

3. appropriate for school

Despite some groaning at the bad ones, most students enjoyed the jokes.  My biggest regret was that I did not make a list of the jokes as I was telling them.  I had no record after the year.  So this year, I am keeping track of the jokes to use them again in the future.

Here is a link to the jokes I’ve used so far.  I will continue to upload throughout the year.

Los chistes

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5 Responses to Los chistes

  1. mpeto says:

    I’m looking forward to following this thread!

  2. Maria says:

    How can I access your google doc ? When I clicked on the link above – it said SIGN IN?

  3. nancy says:

    Four years later and I still look at your Chistes list. I have done so many versions of the first one El ladron y el banco. I have been able to incorporate much of my structures into it. Today I put in it se asusto, se acerco, busco, vio que habia lo llevo se escapo y salto. Of course it was a review of the words but it worked out great with what we had been studying for a few days. Thanks for sharing. I love it!!

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