Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: ISAAC GIMENEZ
Day and Date: 02/03/2015
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced
Class theme/topics discussed: Planning Extreme vacations- Kill your boss
Goal of the class: To correctly use constructions Tener que/Haber que/Deber/Necesitar
How did you structure the class?
Head-ups: Upcoming cultural activities.
1st Activity: Extreme vacations.
I first introduce Jesus Calleja, a well-known adventurer who has a TV show in the Spanish TV. We checked his blog and I briefly describe him. He goes on extreme adventurers all over the world and sometimes he has celebrity guests and likes to challenge them.
One of his adventures was “Swimming with sharks in the Bahamas.” We brainstorm and try to plan the adventure and suggest Safety Instructions for the crew. We come up with ideas following certain grammatical structures as:
Nadando con tiburones en las Bahamas
- Vamos a alquilar un barco.
- Vamos a estar unos 10 días en el mar buscando a los tiburones.
- Vamos a intentar encontrar al tiburón tigre, el más peligroso que existe.
- Vamos a nadir a 30 metros de profundidad.
- Vamos a entrar en el mar por el día y también por la noche.
Instrucciones de seguridad:
- Tenemos que estar relajados.
- El equipo tiene que estar siempre unido.
- No hay que iluminar directamente al tiburón con la cámara.
- No hay que moverse muy rápido porque el tiburón nos puede morder
Then I play the clip and checked how it was:
We check another clip that introduces Calleja’s adventure in the Artic Pole.
In groups, students need to come up with ideas for extreme adventures in future shows, following the same structure.
2nd Activity: KILL YOUR BOSS.
First we brainstorm about the qualities that a good boss should have. We write many words on the board. Then we watch the trailer of the film Horrible Boss:
Then in groups, students need to come up with a plan to kill their boss, step by step, what they would need and how they would do it.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.) paper sheets, board, pens
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The build up was good, students liked the cultural component of the first activity and planned really cool adventures.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
Even though we finished the second activity, I would have liked to have more time to fully develop it. Students were very engaged and enjoyed the fictional setting.This class can be adadpted for an intermediate level.
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