Class theme/topics discussed:
Conversation practice – telling anecdotes.

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

How did students react?
Students LOVE this activity.
Did they engage with each other and you?

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handouts, laptop, TV screen.

Please attach a copy.
Vocab Follow-up Presentation: PowerPoint – Lesson 26_Phraseology Follow-Up (OR use an alternative PDF if the PP doesn’t work/ format got messed up – Lesson 26_Phraseology Follow-Up (alternative))
Anecdotes to retell: Lesson 26_April 21_FML Anecdotes
Anecdotes Presentation: PowerPoint – Lesson 26_April 21_FML Stories Presentation OR use an alternative PDF if the PP doesn’t work/ format got messed up —Lesson 26_April 21_FML Stories Presentation (alternative)

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
This activity encourages spontaneous monologues in the target language + introduces students to colloquial language.

Intermediate Russian
Lesson 26
April 21, 2011

1. Warm-up: discussion –

Над чем нельзя смеяться, но люди все равно это делают?

+ Follow-up on previous class material: presentation (1st slide – question, 2d slide – answer).

2. Retelling anecdotes –
Cut the handout Lesson 26_FML anecdotes in strips, students take turns drawing one and retelling anecdotes on them to the group. Before that they write on the board words that they are going to use/ consider important.

Before the activity, suggest various ways to say FML in Russian –
From more acceptable ones to ones that are closer to the English original.
Also, ask the student if they know the FML website. If yes, ask to tell the rest about it. If no, tell them what it is.

3. Presentation:
Slides #1 / #3 – students describe the picture, suggest what story is behind it;
Next slide – #2 / #4 – read the actual story in English, retell in Russian.

4. Making up own anecdotes: tell about smth annoying/ embarrassing/ misfortunate that happened to you or your friends (doesn’t have to be true!).