Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet
Day and Date: Thursday, November 17
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced
Class theme/topics discussed: Super Heroes
Goal of the class:
Invent stories with a super hero, review vocabulary about cinema.
How did you structure the class?
- Warm-up: I ask them what they think when they hear the word “superhero” and then, “French superhero”. I will show pictures of French superheroes such as Super Dupont and Fantomette.
- Write a script: they have to choose a scene that is typical of a superhero movie and write it in a piece of paper. Compared to the French11 class, I asked my students to give their script to the other group, to make it more difficult.
- Filming & editing the movies.
- We watch the movies and compare the versions
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Two video cameras (two groups)
I-movie for the editing.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
It’s fun to be out of the classroom, but the class was very fast-paced. Even if it’s doable in one hour, two hours would be better and would generate less stress for both the instructors and the students. Overall, the students have good ideas and are really into the activities.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
Bring accessories to the students so they can think and imagine more creative scenes. My students actually had the same superhero (same powers) and almost the same story: the activity could be more guided to avoid this (with more instructions, or restrictions).
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