Everyday Routine; Present Tense Revision

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students in class are not fluent in Russian, so they need to be given some basic grammar structures and vocabulary to practice. This topic is relevant since it can be applied to any group and it provides both language in the task and opportunity to use it in a narrative of your own.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, video.

How did students react?
They were not talking freely since the task required to follow the guidelines, but they still produced their own texts. The tasks might have been slightly challenging for them, so the students had to recur to their previous knowledge and to the new material.

Did they engage with each other and you?

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

Please attach a copy. See files Lesson 2_Sept 2_Everyday Pictures 1 and 2 in the Intermediate Visuals folder.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?

Yes, I would. It combines a vocabulary learning exercise with conversation practice, thus enabling students to learn the language actively instead of reproducing what they already know.

Intermediate Conversation
Lesson 2
September 2, 2010

1. Each of students is given a handout with pictures illustrating basic daily activities. The task is to arrange them into chronological order – working in pairs. When telling the story, students are asked to indicate the time for each activity (утром/ в десять часов вечера и т.п.).

See handout Lesson 2_Sept 2_Everyday Pictures 1 and Everyday Pictures 2.

2. Watching a cartoon «Утренний кофе Масяни» (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2Ym7JY04TU&p=AB8B31BAFB3FEA1C)
Before playing it – the words МУЛЬТФИЛЬМ, МУЛЬТИК on the board;
Plus – a little bit about Масяня and its creator, what kind of animation it is, etc.

Follow-up questions: Кто это? Сколько ей лет? Чем она занимается?
Что происходит в мультике? О чем он?
Похоже ли ваше утро на утро Масяни? (explain the words сова and жаворонок).

3. Talking about everyday routine – interview each other using the questions from a handout as a prompt. (Handout from ГОЛОСА Book 1, p. 144.) Tell about your partner.

Lesson 2_Sept 2_Everyday Pictures 1

Lesson 2_Sept 2_Everyday Pictures 2