Grade: Middle
Subject: Language

#3110. Russian Beginners

Language, level: Middle
Posted Tue Apr 27 21:33:21 PDT 2004 by Ekaterina Dyakonova (
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, USA
Materials Required: blackboard, chalk
Activity Time: 1 hour
Concepts Taught: introduction

Ekaterina D'yakonova
EDUC 316
Prof Woods
Russian Beginners'
The students will learn the basis of the language that will enable them to communicate (orally and in writing) in every day situations on the lower intermediate level. The students will get a chance to learn how to express their thoughts clearly and unambiguously in Russian, how to read formal and informal texts, and will the ways to differentiate the registers of the spoken language and use it effectively in real life communication.
Learning the foreign language will expand greatly the students' outlook, will open another field of competence to be explored and will acquaint the young minds with a richest culture, making it available and accessible to them.
The students will be able to recognized the signs of the Cyrillic alphabet, put them together to form words, which will lead to reading unsophisticated text of every language register further into the semester as well as expressing themselves in writing and orally, discussing the common topics and behaving appropriately in the Russian cultural setting.
1. The teacher greets the students, introduces herself.
2. A quick insight at the Russian culture of greetings.
3. Short oral exercise pronouncing the teacher's name.
Introducing the new material:
4. Assessing prior knowledge.
5. Introducing the alphabet.
6. Group work -- guided study.
7. Assessing the results.
PowerPoint presentation to satisfy the needs of the visual learners, personal handouts for visually disabled students, task cards for every group and an overview of the new material. Blackboard will also be used if a need arises.
The group with the Mexican student will receive the task card containing the word "Mexico"; she will also be assigned to join a stronger group for the possibility of peer teaching. The visually disabled students will be given personal handouts before the presentation so that they can fully follow the class. Everything in class will be clearly articulated and repeated for the auditory learners.
The results of the group work in combination with the questions and the degree of student participation will be a sufficient ground for passing judgments on the students' progress in material acquisition and learning.