Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 15. September 2009
Class theme/topics discussed: Talking about our class project
How did you pick this theme or topic? I thought it might be good to start working on the project early in the semester, since the following weeks and months will probably be quite busy (off-cultural activity in October, Special Dinner in November, exams in December).
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
In the beginning of the lesson I told the students that I would like to use this lesson to talk about our class project. I asked them if they preferred to do the project earlier in the semester or later and they both agreed to start early. Thus, I asked them what they would be interested in. We did some kind of brainstorming and I told them a little bit about possible projects that we might do. In the end, the students agreed on making a music video in German. We then browsed the internet and looked for songs that might be interesting and suitable to translate into German. After choosing a few, we looked at the respective videos to see if they might be suitable to re-enact. Finally, the students decided to chose ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics. We agreed to actually start working on the project the following lesson.
How did students react?
The students were interested in the class project and seemed excited about their choice of making a music video.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did. They shared their ideas and had lively discussions.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes. I think it is good to start planning early in the semester, so that you have enough time to work on the project and can plan your other lessons accordingly.