Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Charlotte Eisenblaetter
Day and Date: Wednesday, 16 September
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German intermediate
Class theme/topics discussed: 2nd part of free time activities / planning a party
Goal of the class: To repeat vocabulary of free time activities. To be able to talk about organizational topics and organize a (fake) Halloween-party.
How did you structure the class?
First activity: Repetition of the verbs of leisure activities from last time: Every student got a slip of paper with the beginning of a sentence. For example: On rainy days, I… / When my friends come over, we… etc. (5 minutes)
Second activity: We had some small talk and my students wanted to know about my experiences in California so far, general topics. (10 minutes)
Third activity: I presented them two choices: Would they like to work all together (there were 4 students present) or in pairs? And would they rather plan a Halloween- or a Thanksgivng-party? They decided they all want to work together on a Halloween-party. I gave them a handout with some expressions to use when planning a party and they talked about their ideas. For example, food, decoration, costumes, and who to invite. (10 minutes)
Fourth Activity: We also wrote an invitation together to show them some expressions for written invitations. (10 minutes)
Fifth activity: I gave them a handout with scenarios at partys and they had to discuss whether it is a do or a don’t. For example, dancing on the table, having a weird costume, bringing friends etc.
Sixth activity: We played the party game “Guess who”. Everyone gets a piece of paper with the name of a famous person. All the others can see the name, but not themselves. They have to ask yes/no questions and find out who they are. (20 minutes)
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Handouts, sticky notes
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Everyone had fun and there was a good atmosphere.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
Insert a simple role play of “You meet an old high-school friend at a college party. What do you say?”. This would be a bit more natural than the party game “Guess who”.
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