In the manual, you are going to find lesson planning.
Partially it is going to be the same as it is in the Soroka 1 manual for teachers.
For this manual, I did not include the exercises/activities that can be
completed in a group setting.
Furthermore, I would like to note that the difference will be that the
manual, which you are reading now, is geared toward individual/one-on-one
lessons with children regardless of whether the parents or teachers conduct the
lessons. However, I am going to focus my
attention on parents, for they have less experience and need to be
We set up the goals. Now let us look at the schedule. I am
going to describe an individual situation, and it is up to you to apply it to
yourself, agreed? Examine your schedule and the schedule of your child. When
are you both free and when can you both sit down and study in a peaceful
manner? It is necessary to have this time when nobody disturbs and bothers you.
Do you have this time during the week? Mark it on your calendar. I would like
you to study 2- 3 times a week, about 35-40 minutes every time. It is not
necessary to make the lessons long. First, you do not have time, and second,
your child gets tired. Your language
lessons must be on a regular basis in accordance with the schedule. Remember to
have short and frequent lessons
as Well as for the Teachers Who Are Teaching One-on-One Using Soroka
This is such a long title. What for? It is done to invite conversation
among people who are interested. This absolutely does not mean that others
cannot join. On the contrary, it is necessary! When I write, I always think
about my companion. This time in my mind
it is YOU. Yes-yes! It is you. You are
the mother who is living abroad and wants her child to speak Russian. Is that
right? Wherever you are, you do not have the teachers you want. Or you do not like their curriculum. It is
necessary to get down to work by yourself.
The translation of my Teacher’s Book
has started. I will publish one chapter after another when they are ready, and
finally I will publish the whole Teacher’s Book in English.
I am doing that because I have a lot
of requests from English-speaking teachers.
The Teacher’s Book can be very
useful for you, because it gives you the complete instructions on how to use
the Soroka course. Please refer to the pages in the Student’s Book and Activity
Book that I mention in the instructions. They are available on my website.
Usually I recommend studying a unit
in three lessons.
Words don’t exist by themselves. They are a part of a
sentence. You will memorize it better when you try to remember it with other
words, in a sentence.
First, as I wrote before, make your own sentence with the new words you study — at least three. If the word has many different meanings, make sentences with all the different meanings. The word соль can be salt or the musical note G (sol). The word ручка can be a pen, a small hand (of a child) or a handle (of an armchair or a drawer).
The good thing here is that you have your spellcheck on. But it might be tricky with Russian. Which word is correct: поедим or поедем? There is only a one-letter difference in spelling. Both words are correct. The first one means “we will eat something” and the second word means “we will go somewhere by a vehicle.” So check your spellcheck! It is very useful, but don’t rely on it blindly.
You are very disappointed, right? How can you keep these
words in your mind for long time? The answer is easy — use the words.
How? For example, you can make three sentences with each
word. You can write a little message using these words.
If you don’t want to write, you can make a voice recording by
using a voice recorder in your phone or any other voice recorder.
You can listen to yourself, or send the file to your teacher
If you want to learn spelling, speaking and voice recording
will be useless.
When I want to learn how to spell a word, I usually take a
pen and a sheet of paper and write these words as many times as I need, till I
memorize the spelling. It helps the muscles of my hand to remember the
movements. When you type, a little bit different mechanism works.
If I want to memorize the word without writing it many, many
times but rather just by typing it, in this case I rely on my vision. I look at
the word carefully, then close my eyes and try to reproduce this word in my
mind with my eyes closed. Then I open my eyes and type the word several times.