Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13 

Date: January 27, 2015

Class theme/topics discussed:


Goal of the class:

Talk about what makes people happy, 21 habits happy people have

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

Activity 1 Warm-up – Video – 5 min

We watch a short video where schoolkids are interviewed on the subject of happiness


Activity 2 – Happiness – Vocabulary – 5 min

We brainstorm synonyms for happy, joyful, excited, on cloud nine etc.

Activity 3Habits happy people have: brainstorm – 10 min

They work in pairs, writing a list of habits happy people have (minimum 10)

Activity 4Habits happy people have: read out, ask questions, discuss – 15 min

Each pair reads out their lists, taking turns. We compare, find habits that all three pairs have mentioned, discuss

Activity 5Habits happy people have: HANDOUT 1 – 25 min

We read (some points out loud) and discuss the article “21 habits happy people have”, adapted from (which is in turn translated and adapted from an English-language article published in the Huffington post

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

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

This class went super well! The topic is fun, and there was a great balance of listening (video in Activity 1), speaking (all the discussions), writing (their lists) and reading (Handout 1). They all loved the article. So good topic + good balance of activities/skills + good, natural timing = great class!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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