1 In small groups of threes or fours people talk very simply about their photographs as suggested on page 30 of the Talk Russian book. To begin with, they simply introduce their family, pointing to the photograph e.g.
2 As their confidence develops, they should be encouraged to ask each other questions e.g.
3 While the activity is taking place, you may like to introduce -
This is also an excellent opportunity to extend vocabulary as it is needed and to encourage your learners to build up their own vocabulary.
1 In pairs, learners prepare for the activity by practising the numbers. A shows a number using his/her hands and B says the number in Russian as quickly as possible. Repeat ten times then change roles.
2 Highlight the following statements:
3 Explain that the aim is to compile a list of everyones phone numbers. Make it clear that anyone who prefers not to circulate their number should simply invent one.
4 Ask everyone to circulate and introduce themselves and give their phone numbers in Russian. Encourage them to ask in Russian for any repetition and to say thank you when they have the number. If necessary, the number can also be repeated for confirmation.
5 At the end of the activity, everyone should have a complete list of phone numbers. Check the numbers are correct by asking everyone in turn for his/her number and writing it on the board.
6 To encourage bonding you could collate the phone numbers, distribute them to all the class members and then suggest that people contact each other if they are unsure of things like homework, class times, vocabulary etc., to chat about the lesson or simply to have an extra opportunity of practising the greetings, etc. in Russian.
With a large class this activity can be done in groups of 5 or 6 instead of the whole class and the check reduced to one or two per group.
1 Give each person a card and ask them to practise saying the sound on it.
2 Tell them that their aim is to find the person with the matching half of their word by repeating the sound to every person they meet until they succeed in forming a word.
3 The pairs then sit down and practise saying the whole word to the rest of the group to check pronunciation and meaning.
This activity can be used throughout the course, increasing in breadth and difficulty as learners progress. It is a very useful way of varying the pair combinations of learners in preparation for other activities.
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