Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert
Day and Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German Intermediate Conversation
Class theme/topics discussed:
Prisoners: collective decision making.
Goal of the class:
Students learn useful expressions to communicate their opinion on various topics. They discuss slightly ethical questions, defend their position and persuade others of theirs.
How did you structure the class?
60 minutes: Prisoners. Students are given a sheet with information regarding several prisoners. The information is about the crimes that those prisoners have committed as well as their personal traits. As it turns out, the local prison is so overcrowded that one of the prisoners has to be released on probation. The students first make up their own minds and then discuss with their partner. After that, the whole group discusses their respective decisions. They have to come to a unanimous decision which is why a certain degree of persuasion is needed. The LR provides additional vocabulary.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Conversation class agreement. Sheet with the information about the prisoners. Sheet with useful phrases to express opinion, agreement and disagreement.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Students discussed very well which is why it seemed inappropriate to stop them mid-game.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
I’d keep it as it is.