Class theme/topics discussed:
April Fool’s Day

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Up-to-date topic.

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Handouts, general discussion.

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They enjoyed the class.

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Lesson 20_April 1_Fool_s Day

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The activities encourage speaking in the target language.

Advanced Russian
Lesson 20
April 1, 2010

1. Warm-up: News of the day.

2. April Fool’s Day: День дураков
Что вы знаете об этом дне? Как первого апреля шутят в Америке? Есть ли «дежурные» шутки? (draw students’ attention to the word ДЕЖУРНЫЙ)

3. Reading the text, translating.
Discussing: what’s the modality of the text? What’s the intention of the author? What kind of person could write this text?

4. The most “successful” jokes: слышали ли вы о каких-нибудь масштабных розыгрышах (в СМИ, розыгрыши президентов…)

Text “Самые масштабные розыгрыши” is cut into strips, students draw a strip and retell to the others what is written on it.