Stories for Reproduction # 1

Сегодня хочу поделиться с вами отличным способом развития устной речи.  Для многих «заговорить» по-английски — сложный этап в изучении языка. Существует много способов снять этот «блок». Это упражнение я  использую со всеми моими студентами (кроме малышей, конечно).

Задание весьма простое.

Найдите сборник коротких английских  шуток (я использую книги L.A. Hill). Выбирайте понравившиеся вам истории и пересказывайте. Можно так же использовать аудио, которое идет в комплекте с этими книжками. В этом случае вы развиваете не только навыки говорения, но еще и аудирования (восприятие речи на слух).

Делюсь сегодня тремя историями:

1. Уровень elementary.

Mr Jones was very angry with his wife, and she was very angry with her husband. For several days they did not speak to each other at all. One evening Mr Jones was very tired when he came back from work, so he went to bed soon after dinner. Of course, he did not say anything to Mrs Jones before he went upstairs. Mrs Jones washed the dinner things and then did some sewing. When she went up to bed much later than her husband, she found a piece of paper on the small table near her bed. On it were the words, ‘Mother.—Wake me up at 7 a.m.—Father.’

When Mr Jones woke up the next morning, it was nearly 8 a.m.—and on the small table near his bed he saw another piece of paper. He took it and read these words: ‘Father.— wake up. It is 7 a.m.—Mother.’

Вопросы нужны, чтобы помочь вам пересказать историю.

Why did Mr and Mrs Jones not speak to each other for several days ?
Why did Mr Jones go to bed soon after dinner ?
Did he speak to his wife before he went upstairs ?
What did Mrs Jones do after dinner ?
When did she go to bed ?
What did she find when she went to bed ?
Where did she find it ?
What did she read ?
At what time did Mr Jones wake up the next morning ?
What did he see when he woke up ?
What did he read ?
Why did Mr Jones not wake up at 7 a.m. ?


2. Уровень intermediate.

Nasreddin was cutting a branch off a tree in his garden. While he was sawing, another man passed in the street.  He stopped and said, ‘Excuse me,  but if you continue to saw that branch like that,  you will fall down with it.’  He said this because Nasreddin was sitting on the branch and cutting it at a place between himself and the trunk of the tree.

Nasreddin said nothing. He thought,  ‘This is some foolish person who has no work to do and goes about telling other people what to do and what not to do.’ The man continued on his way.
Of course, after a few minutes,  the branch fell and Nasreddin fell with it. ‘My God!’ he cried, ‘That man knows the future!’ and he ran after him to ask how long he was going to live.  But the man had gone.

What was Nasreddin doing at the beginning of this story?
Who passed in the street?
What did the man say?
Why did he say this?
What did Nasreddin say?
What did he think?
What did the other man do then?
What happened after a few minutes?
What did Nasreddin say then?
What did he do?
Why did he do this?
Did he find the man?
Why (not)?

3. Уровень advanced.

A certain poet had written a play, and arrangements were being made to perfom it/ Of course, the poet was asked to give his advice on the scenery, the lightning, and all the other things that helo to make a play successful, and he proved to be a very difficult man to please, as he had his own very definite ideas of how each scene should look.

In one of the scenes in the play, in was necessary to produce the effect of a wonderful sunset, which the young lovers watched together before singing one of their great love songs.

The theatre electricians worked very hard to produce this sunset effect. They tried out all kinds of arrangements and combinations of lights — red lights, orange lights, yellow lights, blue lights, lights from above, lights from behind, lights from the front, lights from the sides — but nothing satisfied the poet, until suddenly he saw exactly the effect that he had been dreaming of producing ever since he had written this play.

‘That’s it! he shouted excitedly to the electricians behind the stage. ‘That’s just right! Keep it exactly like that!’

‘I’m sorry, sir,’ answered the chief electrician, ‘but we can’t keep it like this.»Why ever not?’ asked the poet angrily.

‘Because the theatre is on fire, sir,’ answered the chief electrician. ‘That’s what’s producing the effect you can see now!’


После выполнения задания, расскажите в комментариях, какие трудности возникли (или не возникли).

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