Language and Section: Russian Intermediate 11

Date: February 20 and 25, March 11 2014

Class theme/topics discussed:

Case system review

Goal of the class:

Revise Home/furniture vocabulary and review cases, Grammar revision – cases, verbs, short adjectives – important to describe a person

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


Activity 1  Review cases

Go through examples in Handout 1 (Case review), make sure the students understand what they sentences mean, explain why the case is used, do transformations, e.g. ask to give the nominative case of the words – 35 minutes

Vocabulary is from Chapter 5 of V puti – Russian grammar in context, photocopies are provided (pp. 112-135)

Activity 2 Translate and revise thematic vocabulary

Translate sentences in Handout 2 – 25 minutes


Activity 1 Discuss OLC on Ukraine – 15 minutes

Activity 2 Discuss funny excerpts from Russian for foreigners- textbooks and phrase books “Why foreigners don’t understand Russians” and listen to funny listening comprehension tasks “Princeton Russian” – 15 minutes

Activity 4 Describe your apartment/room using as many words from Handouts 1 and 2 as possible – 10 minutes


 Activity 1 – Warm-up – Handout 3 –10 minutes

Rescramble vocabulary from Handout 1 into three categories – verbs, nouns, and adjectives

Activity 2 – Vocabulary + grammar revision (cases, verbs, short adjectives) – Handout 4 – 25 minutes

Do exercises from Handout 4, discuss more in detail when the information is pertinent to the student and his/her family situation

Activity 3 – Compose stories 15 minutes –Handout 3 and 5

Using phrases from Handout 5, start telling a story about a person: choose 1 phrase from Handout 5 and then choose grammatically suitable category from verbs/nouns/adjectives and use them accordingly, picking words at random. This is a lot of fun because it may well turned out that She looked like… (Handout 5) a big sofa (Handout 3).

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

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

Every now and again with this particular student, grammar revision exercises like these are a wonderful tool to offer an low-stress way of revision and boost confidence. Spontaneous humor is a great thing at this point in the semester, too

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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

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