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In this 12-week course for children in elementary and middle school, we'll learn the Macedonian alphabet as we practice beginner-level dialogues on basic topics such as colors and body parts. Instruction will be in English and Macedonian (gradually decreasing English and increasing Macedonian as the students' knowledge increases). We will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as learn about Macedonian culture through artifacts such as games, songs and videos. We will use a workbook created by the Macedonian Language E-Learning Center to practice reading and writing as we learn each letter. Clips from the resources listed below will be used in all the classes as we learn the Macedonian alphabet. Children can also use them at home to review the material covered in class. We will also use material from the „Ристина и Шарко“ picture book, published by the Macedonian Agency for Immigration. For more advanced levels, we have provided additional resources below.

Week 1

We'll start the class by reviewing how much we remember from the last session: introducing ourselves and our friends, how old we are, how many objects we see, etc. We'll review the letters we had learned: А, М, Е, Т, О, К, Ј, У, В, С, Н, Р, З, И, Х, Ѕ, П, Л, Д, Б (Г, Ф, Ч, Џ, Ц may have been learned by some classes in Beg. 1, but not all classes so we will work on those in this session). We'll review the songs we had learned:



We'll also play with multimedia resources such as Сладолед (1-5), Азбука, or games such as bingo or hangman, as we review letters and vocabulary.

Week 2

We'll start with a brief review through dialogues and then learn (or review) the numbers 11-20 by continuing to work with the the counting song.

Then, we'll learn two new letters: Г, Ф.

We'll end the class with a game of hangman with numbers vocabulary. The teacher will draw the noose and will write down an underline for each letter in a number she is thinking of. The children will need to guess letters in the name of that number. When they are correct, the teacher will write down the letter above the underline in the correct place in the word. When they are incorrect, the teacher will draw a part of the body (head, arm, etc.). The first child to guess the word correctly is the winner and thinks of the next word. If the teacher can draw all the body parts before the children guess the number, the teacher wins and thinks of the next word.

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Week 3

We'll start by checking homework and reviewing the material we have learned so far.

We'll continue to work with numbers and some plurals by asking and answering numbers about how many objects there are:

  • Колку ... има тука?
  • Тука има ... (#) ...

Then, we'll learn the last three letters for this session: Ч, Џ, and Ц.

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Week 4

We'll start with reviewing homework and the letters and numbers we've learned so far.

Then, we'll learn two new letters, Ш and Ж. We will also start a new unit on parts of the body. For younger children, we'll introduce the vocabulary through the Macedonian version of the Hokey Pokey. We'll learn:

  • рака
  • нога
  • глава
  • тело
  • лева
  • десна
  • напред
  • назад

We'll have lots of fun moving our bodies!

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Week 5

We'll start by checking homework and reviewing the vocabulary for arm, leg, head and body, as well as the directions left/right/forward/back.

Then we'll add to our vocabulary (for younger children, by watching the Darko Biberko video/song) and ask ourselves:

  • - Каде е ... ?
  • - Тој/таа/тоа е лево/десно/горе/долу.

Finally, we'll learn two new letters, Љ and Њ.

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Week 6

We'll review the directions and body parts we've learned so far.

We'll expand our knowledge of body part vocabulary with:

  • рамења
  • колена
  • прсти
  • очи
  • уши
  • уста
  • нос

Then, we'll sing the Macedonian version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes."

We'll learn the last two letters in the Macedonian alphabet: Ќ, Ѓ.

To celebrate, we'll play two games, Alphabet and Alphabet Train, that you can also play on the computer at home!


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