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Author: Maria Glukhova

RU F19: Borscht Study Break

RU F19 ADV: Poetry and Translation

Language Resident Name:

MARIA GLUKHOVA

Day and Date:

Tuesday, 10/08/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Russian, Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Poetry and translation

Goal of the class:

To work on translation skills and to perform poetry.

How did you structure the class?

0. Greetings, announcements, general questions.

Activity 1: Discussion. What is more important in the translation of poetry: to keep the form (rhythm, the literal meaning of every word, etc.) or the ideas and images beneath the text?

Activity 2: Students receive a poem by Wallace Stevens “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” in English. They should read it first and then we talk about ideas, technics, images, etc. that are present in the text. Then students work in pairs: their task is to translate 2-3 stanzas from English into the Russian language, keeping in mind the style of each stanza. Once everyone is ready, they should read what they have come up with, one by one. We edit the translation together and then read out loud one more time.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45236/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-a-blackbird

Activity 3: Students have to write their own stanza for a collective poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a [Human]”.

Conclusion and a follow-up discussion.

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

A whiteboard, handouts

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

The class worked out great! Students were very creative and poetic J

How could this class be improved/ modified? I would leave it as it is.

RU F19 ADV/INT: Storytelling

Language Resident Name:

MARIA GLUKHOVA

Day and Date:

Thursday, 10/10/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Russian, Advanced/Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Storytelling

Goal of the class:

To practice improvisation while speaking

How did you structure the class?

Greetings, announcements, general questions

Activity 1: “Two Truths and One Lie”. Students work in groups of three. Each of them should tell three stories (‘’I don’t like cats” is not a story!) to the others. Then they ask this person questions in order to catch him up on lying. After that they take turns.

Activity 2: “Collective Story”. A teacher writes down on a whiteboard a phrase. It can be something like: “Katya missed her train and her takes an unexpected turn”. Students sit down in a circle. The first student has one minute to tell what happens next. When the time is over, the next student starts talking and continues the story, and so on.

Activity 3: “Story Cubes”.  Students are divided into two teams. Each team gets Story Cubes and the show begins. They should create a story and then present it to each other.

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

A whiteboard, Story Cubes

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

The class worked out great! Students had a lot of fun, they talked and laughed a lot.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would leave it as it is.

RU F19 Int/Adv: The First Impression

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

MARIA GLUKHOVA

Day and Date:

Thursday, 09/04/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Russian, Advanced/Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

The first impression vs. after we get to know each other better

Goal of the class:

Keep getting to know each other

How did you structure the class?

[5 min]: Greetings, announcements, general questions.

[5 min]: Focused Freewriting. A teacher writes a famous Russian proverb on a blackboard: «Встречают по одёжке, а провожают по уму». After we make sure that every word is clear, the students should write down everything that comes to their minds related to that proverb. They keep writing for 3-4 minutes.

[10-15 min]: Discussion. A volunteer reads what they have written, and a teacher facilitates the following discussion (in my group no one knew this proverb and they came up with different interesting interpretations).

[15 min]: “Back to back” (credits to F. Klippel, “Keep Talking”). While the [Russian] music is playing, everybody walks around the room observing other people’s clothes, hairstyle, etc. As soon as the music stops, each student pairs up with the person standing nearest and they stand back to back. Each of the students makes statements about the other’s appearance («я думаю, на тебе синие джинсы», etc.). – Repeat a couple of times.

[15-20 min]: Everyone gets a paper with an empty square in a middle. They should draw themselves in that square / [write their name if the drawing doesn’t seem to work out well]. They exchange papers in pairs. The task is to ask each other questions and discover and write down 5+ facts about a person that might not be obvious at a first sight («Я думалa, что ты любишь смотреть фильмы ужасов, а оказалось, что мелодрамы» etc.). The last task is to tell these facts about another person to the whole group.

[5 min]: Reflection time. How do they understand the proverb now? What have they learned from their classmates?    

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

Whiteboard, pen

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

The students loved the class! I think everything went well.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would keep it as it is because it reflects on both parts of the proverb (meeting by the clothes + getting to know each other’s minds). I think it is a good option for the first or second meeting. 

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