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
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.