Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13

Date: April 7, 2015

Class theme/topics discussed:

Register, style, politeness

Goal of the class:

Discuss register and its cultural connotations, play “Activity” (simplified rules)

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

Activity 1 Warm-up – What is register? Examples – 15 minutes

We discuss linguistic register and stylistics. Appropriate levels, situations, context. I write the continuum on the white board. Examples.

Activity 2 Define style, paraphrase in as many registers as possible – Handout 1 – 20 minutes

Each student gets one phrase from Handout 1. They have to locate the phrase on our register continuum and then paraphrase it in as many different styles/situations as possible

Activity 2 Discussion – 25 minutes

Experiences in Russia. Cultural differences between register in Russia and the US. The thou/you (ты/Вы) distinction in Russian. Feminism in Russia

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 well and we discussed some important cultural differences.

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

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

Handout 1

Ты меня задолбал!

Приносим извинения за причинённые неудобства.

Ты мой зайчик миленький, какой ты молодец!

Мне глубоко безразлично Ваше мнение.

Я тут сходил в клуб, снял такую тёлочку – улёт!

Да вообще он козёл!