Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 27. Oktober 2009
Class theme/topics discussed: Studying abroad in Germany
How did you pick this theme or topic? I knew that only one of my two students would come today. She had told me earlier that she would like to talk about studying abroad sometime, the other student, however, was had told me she was not interested in this topic. So I thought this day might be a good time to talk to the one student about it who was interested in this topic.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Firstly, I asked my student what she thought about studying abroad – why does she want to do that, when, where, how long, etc. Then I showed her some reviews of students who went abroad and we talked about their experiences. Afterwards the student asked me some general questions about studying in Germany and the German university system. At the end of the lesson I asked my students to think about why so few students want to go to Germany to study and how we / one could change that.
How did students react?
My student was very interested and even stayed 15 min longer after the class ended to finish our conversation.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, she did. She was very interested and asked a lot of questions.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Map of Germany
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, because I think this is a very important topic. My student was also very talkative.