Lesson Plans & Activities

Gagarin

Lesson plan for Novice High/Intermediate Low learners of Russian. Includes links to articles and videos about Yuri Gagarin, with accompanying activities. Created for a first-year, second-semester Russian course at Connecticut College.

Teremok

Lesson plan for Novice High/Intermediate Low learners of Russian focused on the Russian fast-food restaurant Teremok. Created for a first-year, second-semester Russian course at Connecticut College.

38 Parrots

Lesson plan for Novice High/Intermediate Low learners of Russian based on an episode of the Soviet cartoon “38 Parrots.” Focus on listening comprehension, activating new lexicon, and conversational language. Created for a first-year, second-semester Russian course at Connecticut College.

Interjections

Corpus-driven lesson plan for Advanced learners of Russian. All conversation and film excerpts have been taken from the Russian National Corpus for educational purposes.

Cranes are flying

Corpus-driven lesson plan for Advanced learners of Russian focused on vocabulary from the film “The Cranes are Flying.” Emphasis on lexical roots and verbal aspect. All cloze activities use material from the Russian National Corpus. This lesson plan was created for an advanced Russian course at the Middlebury (formerly Monterey) Institute of International Studies.

Bribes

Lesson plan on bribery in Russia for advanced learners. Features authentic video, photos, and written texts. Contains an exercise on the podcast I created with Elena Ilina.

Toasts

Handout on making toasts in Russian that includes video clips and authentic material from the Internet and the Russian National Corpus. Developed for advanced learners at the IU Summer Workshop.

Congratulations

Handout on giving congratulations in Russian that includes authentic material from the Internet. Developed for advanced learners at the IU Summer Workshop.

Ivan Vasilievich

Handout on the film “Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future” for all levels. Modeled after an article in Russian Life.

Chekhov

Lesson plan on a simplified Chekhov story, included in my M.A. portfolio. For Novice High/Intermediate Low learners of Russian.

Participles

Lesson plan on participles for Advanced learners of Russian, included in my M.A. portfolio.

Partitive Genitive

Lesson plan on partitive genitive for Intermediate learners of Russian that I created as part of an M.A. class on pedagogical grammar. Contains rationale/motivation, and excerpts from the Russian National Corpus.

Vkontakte

Activity on the Russian social networking site Vkontakte. For Novice High/Intermediate Low learners of Russian.

THE SIMS

Unit plan for Intermediate learners of Russian based on the computer game “The Sims.”

KVN

Listening activity for Intermediate learners of Russian based around a clip from the popular Russian TV show KVN.

Sprite

Sprite commercial listening cloze activity for Intermediate learners of Russian.

Durak

Handout on the game Durak. For Intermediate and Advanced learners of Russian.

Radio

Handout on useful words and phrases for speaking on the radio. With authentic usage examples found on the Internet. For Intermediate and Advanced learners of Russian.

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