Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 1. September
Class theme/topics discussed: Introduction to the Conversation Class
How did you pick this theme or topic? Informational meeting for the first class to discuss important aspects of class and to get to know each other.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked the students to read out the syllabus. I asked them if they had questions and I told them more about the study breaks, cultural events, and the German lunch table. Afterwards I asked the students if they were interested in any specific topic or subject that they would like to discuss in this class. I wrote their answers down in order to respect their interests regarding the planning of the semester. Then I introduced myself to the students and told them about me and my job as a Language Resident. I told them I’d like to know more about them too, so they were supposed to interview each other and find out interesting things about each other. They made notes and afterwards we talked about what they had found out.
How did students react?
The students seemed to like the activity and were eager to ask each other questions.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot (there was only two of them) and they had fun interviewing each other and presenting the results.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Copies of the syllabus
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes. It was a nice way to get to know the students and to motivate them to talk in German.