Class theme/topics discussed:
My Day

How did you pick this theme or topic?
In connection with classes in Mason.

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

How did students react?
They were asking additional questions concerning the meaning of some words and their usage, and they participated actively in class.
Did they engage with each other and you?

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy. See below.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes. 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 4
September 9, 2010

1. Word of the day: БОТАНИК
Write the word on the board and ask the student to guess what part of speech it is and then what the meaning is.

Read the handout with explanations and examples.

Lesson 4_Sept 9_Word of the day_Ботаник

2. Practice the My Day vocabulary
Charades game: a student draws a card with a picture of some action and shows it. The others guess, the one who guessed gets to show the next expression.

Lesson 4_Sept 9_Review Game_My Day

3. Reading “Расписание бездельника” (A Procrastinator’s Schedule)
Translating/ discussing
Attention to expressions: полазить в Интернете, перерыв на кофе/ чай.

Lesson 4_Sept 9_Расписание бездельника

4. Tell a story of your day of procrastination (Один день из жизни бездельника).