Conversation Class Lesson Plan
Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: April 27, 2010
Class theme/topics discussed: We’re baking!
How did you pick this theme or topic?
Some of the students had mentioned that they would like to bake or cook some traditional German food. Since the semester is almost over, I thought this was a great time to do that.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We went to the FLRC and browsed the internet for German recipes. Every student had to find 3 interesting recipes that he or she liked and prepare it to the group afterwards. We then decided on starting off with German chocolate cake, since I had almost all the necessary ingredients for that in my apartment already. For the next lesson we decided to bake Laugenbrezeln and I offered to get all necessary ingredients until the next lesson.
Once in my apartment, we gathered all ingredients and baking supplies. Then, the students baked the German chocolate cake. Since all students were free after the end of the class, they stayed until the cake was done. We tried some right away and split the cake into 4 pieces, so that the students could take some pieces of cake home with them.
How did students react?
They were excited and very motivated!
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did. They were talking a lot, asking a lot of questions, and had a great time.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Computers, internet, recipes website
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely! The students enjoyed themselves very much.