Conversation Class Lesson Summary


Language Resident Name: Rosina Desimone


Day and Date: Thursday, April 2nd // Monday, April 6th


Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Spanish Intermediate and Advanced


Class theme/topics discussed: Viaje Mochilero


Goal of the class: To formulate hypothesis and act out real life situations (negotiation with your parents)


How did you structure the class?


  • Reminding students of the next cultural activities.


  • Warm-up: Hypothetic situations and reactions. Each student thinks of a hypothetic situation and writes it down in a piece of paper using the appropriate grammatical structures. I collect all the sentences and hand them out again. Each student needs to act out the reaction and the other students (split in 2 groups) guess the situation.


  • Show students a picture and discuss over its topic: would you take a gap year and go backpacking around the globe? Why/why not? Where and when would you go? Do you think it is a necessary “life” experience? Why/why not?


  • I divide the students into different groups of 3 and assign different roles (parents and son/daughter). They have to come up with reasons for parents not to allow their children to go to a backpacking trip in Asia/Africa. The “children” have to come up with reasons to do the trip and convince their parents.


  • After all groups came up with a list of 5 justifications, they have to give the lists to the group to their left, which has to do a role play based on the lists handed in by their fellow classmates.




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


My laptop, TV Set, pieces of paper, markers.


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

The students loved this class! The warm up worked well and helped them review grammatical structures. The “backpacking” activity led to great discussion and the learners had great fun during the role play activity.


How could this class be improved/ modified?


I am going to modify this lesson for my Intermediate class, with a review of grammatical structures of “possibility”.


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