Jokes in English for the ESL/EFL Classroom
A Project of The Internet TESL JournalTeachers often use jokes in the ESL/EFL classroom to teach culture, grammar and vocabulary.
If you know a joke that works well with ESL/EFL students, please submit the joke.Jokes | Newest Jokes |
Last Submission:May 25, 2011
Please note that our older jokes may be funnier than the new submissions. Click one of the links above.Podcasts / MP3 FilesYou can hear many jokes from our collection on the Jokes in English Podcast.
The Newest JokesSome scientists decided to do the following experiments on a dog.
For the first experiment, they cut one of the dog"s legs off, then they told the dog to walk. The dog got up and walked, so they they learned that a dog could walk with just three legs.
For the second experiment, they cut off a second leg from the dog, then they told the dog once more to walk. The dog was still able to walk with only two legs.
For the third experiment, they cut off yet another leg from the dog and once more they told the dog to walk. However, the dog wasn"t able to walk with only one leg.
As a result of these three experiments, the scientists wrote in their final report that the dog had lost it"s hearing after having three legs cut off.
Submitted by:Idrissi MouhssineWhat is the longest word in the English language?
SMILES: there is a mile between the first and last letters!"
Submitted by: Kevin PennerTeacher: Maria please point to America on the map.
Maria: This is it.
Teacher: Well done. Now class, who found America?
Class: Maria did.
Submitted by: KmankoolmanA Scotsman who was driving home one night, ran into a car driven by an Englishman. The Scotsman got out of the car to apologize and offered the Englishman a drink from a bottle of whisky. The Englishman was glad to have a drink.
"Go on," said the Scot, "have another drink."
The Englishman drank gratefully. "But don"t you want one, too?" he asked the Scotsman.
"Perhaps," replied the Scotsman, "after the police have gone."
Submitted by: Ugur YavuzturkA: Aren"t you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?
B: Yes I am, I married the wrong woman.
Submitted by: AnonymousA man was pulled over for driving too fast, even though he thought he was driving just fine.
Officer: You were speeding.
Man: No, I wasn"t.
Officer: Yes, you were. I"m giving you a ticket.
Man: But I wasn"t speeding.
Officer: Tell that to the judge! (The officer gives man the ticket.)
Man: Would I get another ticket if I called you a jerk?
Officer: Yes, you would.
Man: What if I just thought that you were?
Officer: I can"t give you a ticket for what you think.
Man: Fine, I think you"re a jerk!
Submitted by: Nick Henry, ESL teacher in KoreaWhat are the three quickest ways of spreading a rumour (or gossip).
Tell a womanPerhaps not very politically correct in the times we live in, but worth a slight chuckle.
Submitted by: Dave & Brendan
EDITOR"S NOTE: Maybe you could teach your students the phrase "politically correct" and discuss it.If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day.
If you teach a man to fish, he can always eat.
If you give a man a fire, he"s warm for a day.
If you light a man on fire, he is warm for the rest of his life.
Submitted by: AnonymousA: Did you hear that a baby was fed on elephant"s milk and gained twenty pounds in a week.
B: That"s impossible. Whose baby?
A: An elephant"s.
Submitted by: Ugur Yavuzturk"Am I the first man you have ever loved?" he said.
"Of course," she answered "Why do men always ask the same question?".
Submitted by: Ugur YavuzturkWhen I was young I didn"t like going to weddings.
My grandmother would tell me, "You"re next"
However, she stopped doing that after I started saying the same thing to her at funerals.
Submitted by: Chris FisherA: I"m in a big trouble!
B: Why is that?
A: I saw a mouse in my house!
B: Oh, well, all you need to do is use a trap.
A: I don"t have one.
B: Well then, buy one.
A: Can"t afford one.
B: I can give you mine if you want.
A: That sounds good.
B: All you need to do is just use some cheese in order to make the mouse come to the trap.
A: I don"t have any cheese.
B: Okay then, take a piece of bread and put a bit of oil in it and put it in the trap.
A: I don"t have oil.
B: Well, then put only a small piece of bread.
A: I don"t have bread.
B: Then what is the mouse doing at your house?!
Submitted by: Genti BiraciA very drunk man comes out of the bar and sees another very drunk man.
He looks up in the sky and says, "Is that the sun or the moon?"
The other drunk man answers, "I don"t know. I"m a stranger here myself."
Submitted by: AnonymousA man is talking to God.
The man: "God, how long is a million years?"
God: "To me, it"s about a minute."
The man: "God, how much is a million dollars?"
God: "To me it"s a penny."
The man: "God, may I have a penny?"
God: "Wait a minute."
Submitted by: Freshteh SadeghiFred is 32 years old and he is still single.
One day a friend asked, "Why aren"t you married? Can"t you find a woman who will be a good wife?"
Fred replied, "Actually, I"ve found many women I wanted to marry, but when I bring them home to meet my parents, my mother doesn"t like them."
His friend thinks for a moment and says, "I"ve got the perfect solution, just find a girl who"s just like your mother."
A few months later they meet again and his friend says, "Did you find the perfect girl? Did your mother like her?"
With a frown on his face, Fred answers, "Yes, I found the perfect girl. She was just like my mother. You were right, my mother liked her very much."
The friend said, "Then what"s the problem?"
Fred replied, "My father doesn"t like her."An elementary school teacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school."If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school,I will promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home.Submitted by: Willaim GreavesA: Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after the operation?
B: Yes, of course.
A: Great! I never could before!
Submitted by: FredWhy couldn"t Cinderella be a good soccer player?
She lost her shoe, she ran away from the ball, and her coach was a pumpkin.
(Requires basic knowledge of the Cinderella story and that both ball and coach have double meanings.)
Submitted by: Jillian H.Teacher: Tell me a sentence that starts with an "I".
Student: I is the...
Teacher: Stop! Never put "is" after an "I". Always put "am" after an "I".
Student: OK. I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.
Submitted by: Monirul HassanTwo factory workers are talking.
The woman says, "I can make the boss give me the day off."
The man replies, "And how would you do that?"
The woman says, "Just wait and see."She then hangs upside-down from the ceiling.
The boss comes in and says, "What are you doing?"
The woman replies, "I"m a light bulb."
The boss then says, "You"ve been working so much that you"ve gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off."
The man starts to follow her and the boss says, "Where are you going?"
The man says, "I"m going home, too. I can"t work in the dark."
Submitted by: Tshifhiwa RambauTwo cows are standing in a field.
One says to the other "Are you worried about Mad Cow Disease?"
The other one says "No, It doesn"t worry me, I"m a horse!"
Submitted by: Michael TrewTeacher: How can we get some clean water?
Student: Bring the water from the river and wash it.
Submitted by: Zeinab EltaybQ. What do you call a ginger bread man with one leg?
A. Limp Bizkit. (limp biscuit)
(Alternate: What do the British call a cookie that got wet?)
Submitted by: Emily Mileski