Conversation Class Lesson Summary


Language Resident Name: Charlotte Eisenblaetter


Day and Date: Thursday, 3 December 2015


Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German advanced


Class theme/topics discussed: “Max und Moritz” by Wilhelm Busch


Goal of the class: Read out parts from the classic children’s book, understand the text, describe the pictures.


How did you structure the class?


  1. There was only one student present this day. I copied three chapters from the classic German children’s book “Max und Moritz” and let her read out parts of it. Then we talked about vocabulary and meaning.
  2. The second chapter, I let her only describe the pictures to see if we could figure out the story by just talking about the pictures, because the language is a bit difficult to understand for non-native speakers.
  3. Then we talked about our favorite children’s books in Germany and Russia, and what typical children’s books looked like in our countries.


What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)


The book « Max und Moritz » from the German lounge. Author : Wilhelm Busch, 1893.


What worked well in this class? What did not work?


The text was great fun and we laughed a lot about the story. However, the language was difficult for my student to understand because of the rhyme form and the old-fashioned language.


How could this class be improved/ modified?


Find an audio file of the book online if possible and play it. Then let them order the audio files to the right chapters of the book.