Class theme/topics discussed:
Describing Physical Appearance – Continued

How did you pick this theme or topic?
This is a basic topic in learning a foreign language, which is included in any textbook and program.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, general discussion, pair work.

How did students react?
They liked the short story, and they were excited about the last activity – drawing a picture following the description.
The discussion seemed to be interesting for them, too.

Did they engage with each other and you?

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Printed handouts, paper, color pencils and markers for the drawing activity.
Please attach a copy.
Oct 6_Text

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
It encourages students’ talking and using the new vocabulary from the previous class.

Занятие 11. Внешность

1. Game: Guess Who?
One student thinks about their classmate from Russian-33 group, the others guess – ask questions about his/her appearance.

2. Students read and translate the following story by Daniil Kharms (see file Oct 6_Text in the Visuals folder on Sakai):

Голубая тетрадь № 10

Был один рыжий человек, у которого не было глаз и ушей. У него не было и волос, так что рыжим его называли условно.
Говорить он тоже не мог, так как у него не было рта. Носа тоже у него не было.
У него не было даже рук и ног. И живота у него не было, и спины у него не было… Ничего не было! Так что непонятно, о ком идет речь.
Уж лучше мы о нем не будем больше говорить.

Даниил Хармс (1937)

3. Students make up their own stories describing a person who does not exist or who looks very strange. Then they read out their descriptions, and others draw pictures following the description. Then we compare the pictures.

4. Discussion: Пластическая хирургия – личное мнение.