Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13 

Date: October 3, 2013

Class theme/topics discussed:

University life/ higher education systems in Russia and the US

Goal of the class:

Revise vocab, practice listening comprehension

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

Activity 1 – Warm-up – vocab revision – taboo game

Handout 1 – Students get cards with words connected to university use; students have to explain the words to their partner without saying them, take turns – 10 minutes

Activity 2 – Discussion

What do you like about studying at Pomona? Use as many words from Activity 1 as possible – 10 minutes

Activity 3 – Video Higher Education in Russia – watch twice, stop and comment where needed – 10 minutes

Activity 4 – University schedule in Russia

Explore the St. Petersburg State University website as an example – how many courses? What are they? What kind of education does the student end up getting? The students ask the instructor questions about the university system in Russia – 10 minutes

Activity 5 – Discussion

Compare university life in Russia and US – 20 minutes

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

Video, Internet text

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

The class went well. The students were interested in how their peers in Russia study.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Maybe design an activity for them to ask more questions?

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


Handout 1


Степень бакалавра/магистра

Окончить университет

Готовиться к чему-либо

Записаться на курс

Оценка (по предмету –

физике, русскому языку)

Сдать экзамен

Заниматься в библиотеке




Бросить курс

Обязательный курс

Возможность выбора

Нужный предмет/ненужный предмет

Глубокое образование/ Широкое образование


Профессиональные навыки

Практическое образование/ Теоретическое образование

Устный экзамен

Письменный экзамен