Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13

Date: September 23, 2014

Class theme/topics discussed:

Food and cafes/dining halls

Goal of the class:

Talk about food, aspects of cafes/restaurants

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

Activity 1 Warm-up – Vocabulary revision – 5 minutes

I make sure they remember words from the previous lesson.

Activity 2 – Trailers – 7 minutes

We watch two trailers for American movies about food/restaurant in Russian to talk about the word for chef (повар) and see if the students can pick out words for cook, etc.

Повар на колесах (The Chef)

Вкус жизни (No reservations)

Activity 3 Discussion – Dining halls and cafés at the 7Cs. – HANDOUT 1 15 minutes RUSS11 Cafes Handout F14 

Students work in pairs. They have 8 questions about the dining hall and cafes at the 7Cs. They ask each other, discuss. Then together (in one group) they all go in turns answering the questions from they handouts about themselves.

Activity 4 – Café reviews – 15 minutes

Look at a few café reviews on The Village.Ru, a popular lifestyle portal What are important aspects/elements of going to a café? Students figure it out from the reviews. Location, concept, interior, food, drinks, service, general atmosphere, pricing, etc…

Activity 5Discussion – You ideal café – HANDOUT 3 – 15 minutes

Students talk about their ideal cafe in pairs keeping in mind the different elements we have found in Activity 4, then each pairs presents their ideal cafe

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The class went very well! They loved talking about the cafes and dining halls, and they especially enjoyed Activity 5. They all came up with original ideas and were eager to discuss them.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.