Class theme/topics discussed:
Listening Practice: a song by Viktor Tsoi
How did you pick this theme or topic? Students were interested in Russian popular songs.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Listening exercise, handouts, general discussion.
How did students react? They enjoyed the class.
Did they engage with each other and you?
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handouts, laptop, youtube.com
Please attach a copy. Lyrics for the song with blanks.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
It is an efficient listening exercise, and it provides a springboard for the discussion.
Intermediate Russian Conversation
December 2, 2010
1. Students listen to a song without a handout with the lyrics.
We discuss what they understood: what is the song about?..
2. Students get a handout with the lyrics, where they have to fill in the blanks.
If needed, they listen to a song twice.
3. Reading and translating the lyrics. Checking the blanks.
4. Discussing the singer/song: did they like the song? Why/ why not? Do they know anything about this singer? What Russian music do they know?..