Class theme/topics discussed:
Russian News (reading, translating, retelling)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, student presentations, general discussion.

How did students react?
They enjoyed the class, though for some of them the task turned out to be challenging.
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.
Lesson 7_Feb 8_Article – Banned Valentine’s
Lesson 7_Feb 8_Article – Correspondent expelled
Lesson 7_Feb 8_Article – Medvedev decides against winter time
Lesson 7_Feb 8_Article – Umarov and North Caucaus Region

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
Allows students to enhance their vocabulary and teaches them to work with a more complex text.

Advanced Russian
Lesson 7
February 8, 2011

1. News of the day.

2. Practice*: each student gets an article with current news from Russia. Task: read the article (use a dictionary if needed), write down five words that you think your classmates should know, get ready to present this news to class.
+ each student is asked to pose a discussion question based on the article.

Students take turns to come up to the front, write their five words on the board and present their article. A short discussion on the suggested question follows each presentation.

*Preclude the activity by giving an example with the short article about St. Valentine’s.