Language Resident Name: Mirja Schoderer
Day and Date: Thursday 09/11/2014
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, advanced
Class theme/topics discussed: Hätte, würde, könnte: Konjunktiv II, use grammar and tell about the things you would like to do
Goal of the class: getting to know each other (new student), repeating the mode “Konjunktiv II”
How did you structure the class?
Ice Breaker: Video “Haus am See” by Peter Fox. He presents his dream of having a house at a lake and all the features this house has.
Short presentation and repetition of how the conditional is built in German
Activity One: Think of something you have to do a lot but don’t like to do. Think of an excuse. Present the excuse to the class, using the conditional.
-> I would take out the trash, if only it wasn’t raining…
Activity two: What would you like to do but can’t? Again, conditional
Activity three: “best case scenario” Use the wishes from activity two and turn them into reality by exchanging the conditional for the future tense.
Activity four: “If I could do whatever I wanted to”. In groups of two, plan an ideal trip or an ideal way to spend a few days, observing one condition that is written on a card (for example: you have to take your grandma with you / You only have two days / you can only spend $300 / …)
Tell the rest of the class what you would do, using the conditional
Class votes on who come up with the best trip
Activity five: Compare your fantasies to that of Peter Fox. Which one do you like better? Why?
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Video, board, paper sheets
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
They loved coming up with the trip and put a lot of thought into their ideal holiday. I also feel like they enjoyed turning the conditional into the future tense. It had a certain therapeutic feeling to it.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
Spend less time making sure they got the grammar right (meaning: cut short activity one and two) and spend more time on creating/ talking about the trip.
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