Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert 

Day and Date: Thursday, November 16, 2016

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

Class theme/topics discussed: 

The N.A.S.A. game. 

Goal of the class:

Students express priorities, and reason in order to persuade others and reach a common goal.

How did you structure the class?

60 minutes: N.A.S.A. game. Students are given a scenario (moon landing) and a list of items they can use in order to reach their goal, which is to survive and get to the moon base. First, they rate the different items regarding to the importance by themselves. Afterwards they start discussing about their ratings with their partners (there need to be at least two smaller groups). Because they are a group, they have to come to unanimous decisions as a whole, too. There can be no majority votes (just in extreme cases), they need to persuade or to be persuaded. In the end, the LR reveals the official N.A.S.A. solutions to the group.

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

The N.A.S.A. game list, prepared sheets.

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

Students discussed a lot! Very good game.

How could this class be improved/modified? 

Perfect conversation class exercise.

 NASA Spiel