Teaching a new language is no easy task, especially when it involves lessons in grammar rules and usage. While concepts like nouns are easier to understand, verbs might seem slightly difficult for beginner learners. Although children are able to recognize simple verbs as action words, they tend to get confused with the various forms and usage and need help.
When the topic gets tricky to follow, it may be a good idea to take the support of humor to not only beat the stress of learning but also ensure that the teacher has the child’s attention. Humor helps in remembering concepts better if they are linked o a funny anecdote.
A few laughs will help the children feel at ease and thereafter concentrate better on the subject. Humour also makes the teacher more approachable to the student, which will foster an ambiance open for discussions, questions, and holistic learning.
Verb Jokes: Helping teachers create a chucklesome environment for learning.
A language is learned not by just learning its rules but by actually practicing it. To practice the rules one must understand and remember them. Jokes help to remember these rules and recall them when needed. Learning verbs and their usage might seem a very boring task for the learners. It then becomes very challenging for the teacher to hold the attention of the class.
Humorous activities in the classroom tend to also improve the student’s comprehension of the
most difficult topics. Humour and fun also serve to develop a good social connect with peers, thereby learning occurs in a more friendly environment. It can also make seemingly difficult subjects like math seem fun.
Here are some jokes based on verbs that might elicit a few laughs in grammar classes.
Verb jokes: Learn and laugh
1. Why are verbs afraid of talking about people?
Because they’re followed by the subject.
2. Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar.
They sit. They converse. They depart.
3. People ask me why I chose to teach Maths rather than English. I tell them,
“Fractions speak louder than verbs.”
4. Teacher: “Nick, what is the past participle of the verb to ring?”
Nick: “What do you think it is, Sir?”
Teacher: “I don’t think, I KNOW!”
Nick: “I don’t think I know either, Sir!”
5. What English word can be both a noun and a verb at the same time?
6. The verb is my favorite part of a sentence…
That’s where the action’s at.
7. Why were the nouns afraid of the verbs?
Because the verbs were always so intense.
8. What every Irregular verb wants to know?
So, How do you stay so regular?
9. What do you call a verb that went professional?
Wait for it…..
A Proverb (Pro-Verb)
10. Do you know what’s inconvenient about English verbs?
They’re rather tense.
11. Where did the verb stay when they camped?
12. ‘Ed’ and ‘ing’ are always found in tense situations. They always show action.
13. Tense? Moody? Irregular?
You must be a verb.
14. I hate it when people say humor is only subjective.
It can also be a verb.
15. Some people are pro-life, others are pro-choice. As an English teacher, however….
I am pro-verb
16. The teacher asked the class to stand one by one and compose a simple sentence using appropriate be verbs.
“She is beautiful”, said Kate.
“My dogs are fat”, shouted Mark.
“I is…”, stuttered Joe when the teacher interrupted.
“You always say ‘I am’. Never say ‘I is'”, said she.
As fast as he could, Joe uttered,
“I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.
17. Q: Why did Shakespeare only write in ink?
A: Pencils confused him — 2B or not 2B?
18. What is a pronoun?
Yes. It can also be an adverb.
19. What did the intransitive verb say when told it was pretty?
Nothing. Intransitive verbs can’t take complements.
20. Teacher to Student…?
Conjugate the verb “to walk” in simple present.
The student: I walk. You walk ….
The teacher interrupts him: Quicker, please.
The student: I run. You run …
Jokes are fun, and they’re also a great way to build rapport with the class. They can help break the ice with students, too! If the educator is having trouble getting them to open up to, the teacher can try asking them questions about jokes or how they make their own.
To sum up, humor adds levity while also providing a point of reference for the audience. In the end, jokes are a fun and effective way to entertain the students and make them more engaged with what the teacher has to say!
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