Class theme/topics discussed:
Language of immigrants
Some Russian slang
How did you pick this theme or topic?
I assumed it could be an interesting topic to discuss, plus, students were interested in Russian slang.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Video, cards, general discussion.
How did students react?
They willingly participated in the discussion.
Did they engage with each other and you?
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Laptop, Internet, printed cards with words and expressions.
Please attach a copy.
Lesson 3_Jan 26_Etymology
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
It encourages conversation and gives an opportunity to introduce new vocabulary to the students.
January 26, 2010
1. News of the day.
2. Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB1shz7HLhk
Discussing the video – what they understood: what the woman was talking about, characterize her language…
3. Opinion: emigrants and their language – preservation or assimilation?
4. Some Russian words etymology.
Students draw cards with short information on the etymology of the words in turns and retell it to the others.
5. Russian slang
Students draw cards with slang words and expressions in turns and try to guess what the word could mean.