Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Ines Fister
Day and Date: Monday, Nov 20, 2017
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, intermediate, 3 students
Class theme/topics discussed: Thanksgiving
Goal of the class: Students learn basic vocabulary about Thanksgiving
How did you structure the class?
4.15-5.45 (30mins): Story telling – my funny Thanksgiving (story cubes from German LR closet). Each student gets 5 story cubes (= dice with various symbols) and has to tell a story about Thanksgiving which includes all the symbols they diced. The other students have to guess which part of the story came from the cubes. Students can ask for and look up vocabulary.
5.45-5.15 (30mins): collect all vocab on the board; students handcraft a vocabulary turkey – all the new words are written on feathers made from paper; they can color the feathers and the turkey (prepared by LR) as they want and stick all the feathers on the turkey – it’s a nice decoration for the classroom or the bulletin board.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
whiteboard, story cubes; handcrafting materials (paper, scissors, colors, glue or tape)
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
It worked very well, but we would have needed a little more time. They had troubles telling an exciting story that also has to do with thanksgiving; but as they are intermediate that is okay.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
Add some basic vocab work before having them telling the story. Repeat all the vocab in the end. If you have enough time, each student could make their own turkey – for example assign them different themes like family, food and activities. The activity, including the additional proposals made, could be planned for two lessons.
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