Class theme/topics discussed:
Russian gestures- cont’d

How did you pick this theme or topic? n/a
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handout, discussion, acting.

How did students react?
The topic works out perfectly, especially with a class that feels comfortable about acting/ imitating.
Did they engage with each other and you?

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
picture, handouts.
Please attach a copy.

Lesson 10_February 17_Russian Gestures

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
It is a fun way to practice conversational language and to master a very special part of the target language – exclamations, sighs, etc. – that as a rule vary from culture to culture and are indicative of one’s “native-ness”.

Intermediate Russian
Lesson 10
February 17, 2011

1. Warm-up – show the picture and ask to describe.

What gestures that we discussed in the previous class do they see? What is going on? Students enact the situation.
+ tell them the legend about the “drunken” gesture (clicking on the side of the neck) – Pete the Greta. etc., etc. – and point at Peter I in the picture 🙂
2. Practice – handout. Match gestures with descriptions.Lesson 10_February 17_Russian Gestures
3. Follow-up: charades – one student shows a gesture, the others guess.
Variation: create a skit using at least five gestures from the handout.