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RU S15 ADV Poetry and wisdom: Joseph Brodsky

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13 

Date: April 9, 2015

Class theme/topics discussed:

Joseph Brodsky: poetry and wisdom; English-language poetry in Russian

Goal of the class:

Prepare for the Russian tea April 15, learn about Joseph Brodsky, talk about life and wisdom, read well-known English-language poems in Russian

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

Activity 1 Warm-up – Who is Joseph Brodsky? – 5 minutes

We discuss what they know, look at the Wikipedia page and other sources

Activity 2 Handout 1 – “Don’t leave the room” – 10 minutes

We listen to the dub-step version of Brodsky reading one of his best-known poems, “Don’t leave the room” and discuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRAK5Pqv2k

Activity 3 Handout 2 – Brodsky’s Life Advice – 25 minutes

We read the highlights of the famous Ann Arbor Speech – and I read from the full text on http://fit4brain.com/408 Discuss. What’s your favorite piece of advice? What is the most relevant today? How can we tell this was meant for American students?

Activity 4 Handout 3 – Poetry in translation – 20 minutes

Each student gets one poem, they take time to read and try to guess what it is (they’re really famous mostly). We discuss.

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 – poetry is always so much fun! And they loved the life advice. More pair work next time.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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

CC_RUSS13_Poetry and wisdom_April 9

RU S15 ADV Apologizing

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13

Date: January 29, 2015 

Class theme/topics discussed:

Apologizing, making amends, Open House

Goal of the class:

Review different ways of saying you are sorry across formal and informal registers

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

Activity 1 Video – President’s Yeltsin Resignation/New Year 1999 address – 15 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvSpiFvPUP4 We watch all 11 minutes of Boris Yeltsin’s famous “I’m leaving” address on New Year’s Eve 1999 where he resigns, asks the Russian people for forgiveness, asserts the “bright future” agenda and appoint a successor, Vladimir Putin, who is part of new “energetic, smart generation”. We discuss Yelstin’s ways of asking forgiveness

Activity 2 – American politicians apologizing – HANDOUT 1 – 15 minutes

I show a small article on the screen – why do politicians apologize so rarely? http://www.aif.ru/dontknows/1221832 And then we discuss what American politicians sometimes apologize for (Handout 1, adapted from here http://tv503.com/?p=9995). Each student gets one politician, they read out their “story” and I write expressions of apology/sorry on the board.

Activity 3How could you! – HANDOUT 2 – 15 min

Each gets one “mistake” and they say it to their neighbor – how could you not visit Grandma at the hospital? And the neighbor has to apologize.

Activity 4Open house – 15 min

We discuss ideas for the Oldenborg Open house and look at funny word play sentences (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?

This class went very well! I am glad we did some hardcore political analysis watching Yeltsin’s speech, which is incidentally also very easy to understand. Watching it 15 years later is quite extraordinary, and it explains so much of what’s going on in Russian politics right now. In other activities we progressively lightened it up. Again, there was a great balance of listening (video in Activity 1), speaking (all the discussions), and reading (Activity 2).

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

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

 

CC_RUSS13_Saying_sorry_Jan29

CN F14 INT Mid-autumn Day (Moon Festival)

Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Intermediate 011

Class theme/topics discussed: Mid-autumn Day (Moon Festival)

Goal of the class:

  1. Get the students to know an important traditional festival in China—Moon Festival;
  2. Enhance the students’ interest in Chinese culture.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Introduce the topic—history, customs, and stories (15 mins);
  2. Show some moon pictures taken in different parts of China to celebrate Moon Festival;
  3. Tell the students how to celebrate this festival in China via some videos:

http://www.56.com/u71/v_NzU4MTQxNzI.html

  1. Get the students to have a group discussion about how people celebrate family reunion in their home countries, and invite them to have a taste of Chinese moon cakes.

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

Videos, pictures, powerpoint, handout for new words about the theme

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

Introduction to this festival and group discussion worked very well, because they are quite interested in Chinese culture and celebration of this festival. They really appreciated eating moon cakes.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No. Everything was fine and they had great fun.

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that). Please attach any handouts as well.

  1. 中秋节:Mid-autumn Festival
  2. 团圆:reunion
  3. 农历:lunar calendar
  4. 阳历:solar calendar
  5. 唐朝:Tang Dynasty
  6. 习俗:custom
  7. 赏月:admire/enjoy the full moon
  8. 吃月饼:eat moon cakes
  9. 传说:legend
  10. 庆祝:celebrate

 

JP F13 ADV Tradition of Kimonos

Language and Section: Advanced

Date: September 26

Class theme/topics discussed: The tradition of Kimono in Japan

Goal of the class:

-To learn about the history and transition of Kimono

-To make students aware of the declining trends that kimono traditions are facing in modern day society

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below): September 26th Ad handouts

(1st activity Learning about Kimono Culture)

-I shared my power point describing history of Kimono and we watched a youtube video of Kimono store owner’s speech about the history and decline of Kimono atched a youtube video of popularity of Kimono in America

(2nd activity  Discussion)

-Discussed about beauty as well as issues of Kimono

(3rd activity Making project)

-Using my project outline, students worked in pairs to planed their projects to help restore Kimono tradition

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

TV, youtube , PowerPoint

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

They enjoyed working on their project and they learned a lot about how they can restore Kimono culture working in groups.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I had difficulty working with the PowerPoint so if I practice it can go more smoothly next tim

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

 

CN F13 INT Chinese History and Ancient Costume

Class theme/topics discussed:
Chinese history and ancient costume

Goal of the class:
Learn how to memorize Chinese major dynasty and understand Chinese ancient history.

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):
1) PPT introduction:
Show major dynasty to students and make it as a competition to memorize it.
Show a song to help students memorize these dynasties.
Distribute handout for new words and play taboo games
Show historical maps about different dynasties in China.
Show ancient costumes to students and let them discuss which one is your favorite.
2) Make a poster about Chinese ancient dynasties

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

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
By doing a poster, students learnt a lot. I put the poster in my lounge to decorate my lounge. It was really great!

How could this class be improved/ modified?
Should make sure everyone has equal chance to talk in class. Some student did not want to speak.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.
None

DE F13 ADV Immigration (II)

 Advanced German Conversation

Date: 11/14/2013

Class theme/topics discussed: Immigration, part II

Goal of the class:  Discuss current issues on immigration, the idea of culture

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

– We started off by watching a short video on new immigration into Germany due to the European crisis. Students were asked to summarize the video, identify the previously mentioned problems and advantages of living in Germany. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0pdauy7jGo

– Summarize and recapitulate the episode of “Türkisch für Anfänger” for the students who had not been to class the week before

Citizenship test: I wanted to do the German citizenship test with my class. First, I divided the class into  3 groups and asked them to discuss what they thought would be important enough to be part of a test as such.

–  When we collected the ideas, a discussion started about culture and nationhood which went very deep and made almost everyone contribute significantly. I decided to leave the test for next class and let them go on.

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

TV screen, computer

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

One of the best classes so far. The discussion that students spontaneously started was a highlight of this semester.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

—–

 

 

CN S13 ADV Same-sex marriage

Date: April 25, 2013

Class theme/topics discussed:
Same sex marriage

Goal of the class:
To practice students’ speaking skill;
To know what is happening around us.

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):
1 pair-work: If there is no television, what will our world look like?
If cloning is legal, what will happen?
If people can live for 150 years, what will our world be?
If everybody studies on line, what will happen?
2 Videos about future world
3 Introduction to today’s topic: Kindle ads; handout with new vocabulary and questions
4 What is your opinion?

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


Handout

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The students love the topic. They learnt some new words during the class and also expressed their opinion with others.

How could this class be improved/ modified?
None

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

你是否支持同性婚姻合法化?

支持 support 反对 against
合法 legal 非法 illegal
同性婚姻 Same-sex marriage 法案 bill
出柜 out of closet 同性恋 Homosexual
同志 comrade, guy 拉拉 lesbian
伴侣 partner 性伴侣 sexual partner
安全套 condom 性病 sexual disease

1. 4月24日法国通过了同性婚姻法案,现在世界上有哪些国家承认(admit)同性婚姻合法?
2. 美国哪些州承认同性婚姻合法?
3. 你是否支持同性婚姻合法化?为什么?
4. 支持同性婚姻合法化有什么好处?有什么坏处?
5. 我们不应该问同志哪些问题?

DE S13 ADV 80 years of NS takeover

Language and Section: German Advanced Conversation

Date: 01-31-2013

Class theme/topics discussed:

–       Introductory small talk

–       80th anniversary of the NS take over

Goal of the class:

–       Knowledge about the National Socialist Terror Regime

–       discussing

Structure of the class:

–       We watched the news and particularly a video in which the take over of Hitler’s national socialists was explained and commemorated as the end of the first German democracy

–       Students were asked to describe what they had seen and to reproduce in their own words what the holocaust survivor in the video said

–       The teacher asked several question, some provocative

–       A discussion started about guilt, collective failure, uniqueness of the dictatorship, and the general dangers to a democracy.

–       We ended with another video which explained the strengths of the second German democracy

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

Tv, internet

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

I ran out of time due to the lively discussion which emerged. I let it go though because it produced 30 minutes during which I did not say a word. All students were involved. Guilt, responsibility, knowing and not knowing, injustice, and democratic weaknesses seem to interest a lot of students.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I did not expect the class to become so great. I would therefore not modify anything.

DE S12 ADV Carnival Dances

Language and Section: German Advanced

Date: Feb 16, 2012

Class theme/topics discussed: Carnival

Goal of the class: Learning about different popular Carnival songs and dances for the songs

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

1) Text about the origins of Carnival
2) Group work: 3 groups, each group has to pick one of the following songs:
– Cowboy und Indianer
– Du hast mich 1000x belogen
– Das rote Pferd
The groups then have to find out what the song is about and what dance comes with it (→ internet, youtube) and then tell the class about their song and teach their dance to everyone.

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

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

Worked well, I think students had fun learning the different dances and teaching them to each other

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Modification: Other songs, for example summer songs, that comne with a dance

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

DE S12 ADV Cities

Language and Section: German Advanced

Date: Apr 12

Class theme/topics discussed: Cities

Goal of the class: presenting a city to the class (this could be different classes, for example hometowns, cities in Germany, favorite holiday place etc.)

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

Everyone presented their hometown/cities they have been to in Germany to the class, using the Internet to illustrate everything with pictures.

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

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Worked very well. Students were very interested in where their classmates have been or where they are from.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

This lesson plan could work for different topics about cities as explained above.

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

DE S11 INT Anthem

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: April 28, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
The German National Anthem.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I just thought that it was an interesting topic

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked my students to find out about the history of the German anthem online and gave them questions to that.

How did students react?
They found it interesting

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PCs + internet

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
The class went well.

DE S11 ADV DDR

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: April 19th, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
The German Democratic Republic

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It’s interesting, because it’s history that’s not too long ago.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I had two groups, one had questions about the beginning, the other about the end of the GDR. They had to get the information from the internet and had to prepare to talk about their questions in the next class.

How did students react?
They found it very interesting and enjoyed it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, setting them up in pairs was helpful to create communication.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Questions about he GDR

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Definitively

Why or why not?
Students loved the topic.

DDR Fragen
Die DDR

RU F10 ADV Soviet Propaganda Posters

Class theme/topics discussed:
Soviet propaganda posters: visiting Special Collections at Honold Mudd library.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
As an introduction to the work we could do for the Honnold Mudd library.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
General discussion.

How did students react?
They enjoyed the class.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handouts.
Please attach a copy.
Lesson 16_Oct 26_Эстетика и функции советских плакатов

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, I would.

Advanced Conversation
Lesson 16
October 26, 2010

1. News of the day.

2. Visit to the Special Collections to see Soviet posters from late 1970s. On the way to the library – brief intro to this genre of visual art, functions, major artists, etc.

3. Discussion: functions of soviet posters. Ways to classify.

4. Reading (see attached file)

DE F10 ADV Philosophy

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 09-02-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
Song: Philosoffen Band: Wise Guys

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students said that they wanted to learn something about philosophy and this is a very funny song about famous philosophers

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Watching the video, discussing the vocabulary

How did students react?
Asking questions about words

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Tv, laptop…using youtube

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, if the class is interested in philosophy

Why or why not?
Students liked the music, they can watch other videos of the band if they want

RU S10 INT Holidays of March 8 and February 23

Class theme/topics discussed:
Holidays.
The upcoming holidays – 23 февраля и 8 марта

How did you pick this theme or topic? It’s up-to-date.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, general discussion, student’s presentation.

How did students react?
The reading-retelling task was challenging, but the student did well on it.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handouts.

Please attach a copy. From ГОЛОСА, Book 2, p. 303 – 305, 320-321.
Lesson 11_Feb 23_Holidays

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.
Why or why not?
It’s a culture-related topic, and students get to practice new vocabulary.

Intermediate Russian
Lesson 11
February 23, 2010

1. News: 5 min.

2. Vocabulary exercises – handout from ГОЛОСА:

– p. 303-305 (reading, learning the names of the holidays, discussing traditions related to these holidays, ex. 1, 2, p. 305 – discussion)
– p. 320-321 (reading, practicing proposing toasts)

3. Reading / Retelling:

(preparing to read) – What do you know about 23 февраля and 8 марта in Russia?

Reading on your own and then retelling the texts about these Russian holidays. (different students get different texts and then share info with each other)

See handout Lesson 11_Feb 23_Holidays.

4. Discussion:
Would you like to have these holidays in your country?
What new holiday would you introduce in the U.S.? What would be the traditional way to celebrate it?

DE S10 ADV Famous German (Improved)

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: January 28, 2010

Class theme/topics discussed: Famous and popular Germans

How did you pick this theme or topic? I thought it would be nice, if my students knew famous German people and what they did to become so famous.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First of all, I asked the students to write down all (famous) Germans on the White Board that they knew. They made quite a long list, which was very impressive. Then, I asked them to say a few words about these people and about their lives – as far as they knew. Afterwards, we played a memory game. I had prepared cards with famous and popular German people – half of the cards had their names on them, the other half showed their faces. I asked my students to name these people (some of them they had already written on the White Board before) and match the pictures with the names, just to get to know who these people were. Then, my students played memory.
Afterwards we played “Wer bin ich?” about German people, which is a question-and-answer game. The students prepared little post-it notes with a name of a famous German person and gave it to one of the other students, who then stuck the note on his forehead. Then, the students were to ask questions in order to guess what name was on their post-it i.e. which famous German person they represented.

How did students react?
My students were very motivated and eager to participate. They had fun listing all the German people they knew (a lot of soccer players for example). They also loved the memory game and wanted to play a 2nd time.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they were very talkative and they seemed to have a lot of fun.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Memory game
Post-it notes

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. The students seemed to have enjoyed this lesson and they were talking a lot.

DE F09 ADV Famous Germans

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 1. Dezember 2009

Class theme/topics discussed: Famous and popular Germans

How did you pick this theme or topic? I thought it would be nice, if my students knew famous German people and what they did to become so famous.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First of all, I asked the students to write down all (famous) Germans on the White Board that they knew. They made quite a long list, which was very impressive. Then, I asked them to say a few words about these people and about their lives. Afterwards, we played a memory game. I had prepared cards with famous and popular German people – half of the cards had their names on them, the other half showed their faces. I asked my students to name these people (some of them they had already written on the White Board before) and match the pictures with the names, just to get to know who these people were. Then, my two students played memory. Afterwards we played “Wer bin ich?” about German people, which is a question-and-answer game.

How did students react?
My students were very motivated, because they already knew quite a lot about this topic. They were eager to share their knowledge.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they were very talkative and they seemed to have a lot of fun.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Memory game

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. The students seemed to have enjoyed this lesson and they were talking a lot.

DE F09 ADV Travels

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 12. November 2009

Class theme/topics discussed: Reisen nach Deutschland

How did you pick this theme or topic? We had the ‘Kaffee and Kuchen’ the week before and talked about the city of Berlin. My students said they would like to talk more about Berlin and other big cities in Germany.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Only one student came today. I talked to her about her knowledge of German geography and she told me about her visits to Germany. We looked at a map of Germany and talked about big cities, what they are famous for, and why people might like to travel there. Then, I asked my student to design a poster of a German city she liked and include some fun facts that would motivate young people to visit that city. At the end of the lesson we talked about how to motivate students to travel to Germany and how Germany could improve their advertisement so that more young people would travel there.

How did students react?
My student was very interested and seemed to like the topic. She also enjoyed working on the poster.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, she was very talkative and engaged with me very well.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Map of Germany
Blank poster

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, I would use this topic again. I think it is interesting for young students and it gives them the chance to talk a lot about their own experience.

 

 

 

 

 

DE F09 ADV Fall of the Wall

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 10. November 2009

Class theme/topics discussed: The fall of the Berlin Wall

How did you pick this theme or topic? This lesson was one of the last ones before the German Special Dinner, which will be centered on the fall of the Berlin Wall. So I thought it might be interesting for my students to learn and talk a little bit about how the Berlin Wall was built, separated Germany and then finally fell.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked the students about their knowledge of the Berlin Wall and how it came down in 1989. Then, I handed them an article about the Fall of the Berlin Wall, which we read and discussed. I asked them some more questions (e.g. “Do you think everyone was happy that the Wall fell?” or “Do you think it is possible that there might be another Wall sometime in the future?”) and the students discussed these quite lively. Then, I told them about the upcoming German Special Dinner and my ideas for it. I told them that we would like to have bricks on every table to represent pieces of the Berlin Wall and that they could draw on these bricks. I handed out 4 bricks to them (2 each) and pens and my students started drawing. Meanwhile we were talking about the German Dinner.

How did students react?
At first, the students did not seem very excited about the topic, maybe because they are not especially interested in German history. But later in the lesson, when I asked them about their ideas for painting the ‘Wall’ and when we started to paint the bricks, the students had a lot of fun.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. More in the second activity.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Article on the Berlin Wall
Slideshow on computer
Bricks

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, I would. But I would try to make the theoretic part of this lesson more interesting.

 

 

CN F09 INT/ADV 50th National Parade

Class theme/topics discussed:

50th National Parade in the Tian’anmen Square
How did you pick this theme or topic?
To introduce National Parade(国庆阅兵式) to students and make conversation based on this.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

open discussion

How did students react?

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. They think the parade is cool and interesting. They ask me lots of questions regarding the parade and also they help each other to figure out some of the questions.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Satellite tv.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes
Why or why not?

The National Parade in the Tian’anmen Square is a new and interesting thing for them. They are curious about how the soldiers, students are trained and what the chairmen said during the ceremony. They got lots of questions and some students learned them from their classes at Asian Department. So they not only ask me questions but also ask each other questions in Chinese.

RU F09 INT Famous Russians

Class theme/topics discussed:
Famous Russians

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I thought it might be relevant for the students to get to know a number of well-known names related to the Russian culture and history.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, presentation.

How did students react?
They were curious and eager to share their knowledge of Russian history.
Did they engage with each other and you? Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV-screen, laptop, paper handouts.
Please attach a copy.
Sept 24_Handout _1
Sept 24_Handout_3
Sept 24_ Presentation_Famous Russians

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Yes.
Why or why not?
It allows students to find out more about Russian culture.

Some Facts about Russia – Famous People

1. Brainstorming: ask the students to fill out the chart with the names of famous Russians: Sept 24_Handout _1

Какие имена вы знаете?

Писатель
Политический деятель
Художник
Режиссер
Музыкант
Историческая фигура
Спортсмен
Ученый

2. Famous Russians:
1) Show to the students on the screen the pictures of the following people (Sept 24_ Presentation_Famous Russians):

– Чайковский
– Ломоносов
– Менделеев
– Пушкин
– Репин
– Маяковский
– Жуков
– Нуреев
– Гагарин
– Буре
– Достоевский
– Горбачев
– Сафин.

Make them guess who these people are. After hearing all the opinions give them the correct answer. What do they know about these people?

2) Distribute the handout #2. From: Ольга Штельтер. В этой маленькой корзинке… СПб: «Златоуст», 2009. P. 42. «Кто есть кто?»
Check if they remember the people discussed.

3. Revision of comparative adjectives (Sept 24_Handout_3).
Students make up sentences using the comparative form of the given adjective.

1) Дмитрий Медведев/ Барак Обама/ молодой.
2) Москва/ Санкт-Петербург/ древний.
3) В/ Сочи/ Норильск/ теплый.
4) Эрмитаж/ Третьяковская галерея/ большой.
5) Волга/ Днепр/ длинный.

Now ask the students to paraphrase the sentences using antonyms of the adjectives above.

4. Comparison – Handout #4: From: В Пути. Russian Grammar in Context. 2d edition. P. 269, ex. 10-27, 10-28.

5. Handout #5. From: Ольга Штельтер. В этой маленькой корзинке… СПб: «Златоуст», 2009. P. 45: “С каким именем связан соответствующий исторический период?”

RU F09 ADV Unity Day in Russia. The 1917 Bolshevik Revolution

Class theme/topics discussed:
News of the day (student’s presentation)
Bolshevik Revolution of 1917
Unity Day history and celebration traditions

How did you pick this theme or topic?
From last year’s materials
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
video screening, reading exercise, group discussion

How did students react?
They reacted very well
Did they engage with each other and you
yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV, Internet
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
yes
Why or why not?
The topic is very interesting and relevant

1. Read the text:
http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9E%D0%BA%D1%82%D1%8F%D0%B1%D1%80%D1%8C%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%BB%D1%8E%D1%86%D0%B8%D1%8F

2. http://rutube.ru/tracks/990627.html?v=c6671f8807b590832802f1ec2d67c4df
(movie)

3. http://rutube.ru/tracks/616634.html?v=48684c5c8116d7c55fa7852f77013e37
(documentary)

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