Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert

Day and Date: Monday, September 19, 2016

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

Class theme/topics discussed:

Description of persons. Description of words. Recent campus events.

Goal of the class:

Students should discuss and talk as much as possible about familiar things. They also (re)learn how to describe people and talk about campus events.

How did you structure the class?

15-20 minutes: Warm-up taboo. Students get into two teams. Regular taboo rules, but the cards are preselected by the LR to eliminate words that are too hard to describe. Also – because this is a warm-up activity – the game is not played all the way through.

20-30 minutes: Students get in pairs. They draw a card from a deck (persons). Then one student describes the person to the other student. He/she tries to draw the person as exactly as possible. Then they take turns. The LR provides vocabulary so the students can describe the persons more easily. The students then present their descriptions first, then they show the original picture and the drawing. There is a prize for the picture that came closest to the original. Both the describer and the person drawing the card are expected to share the prize.

10 minutes: Turf-dinner. The students share how they experienced the turf dinner. How will they get involved? Why? Why not? How was the food? Something they disliked about the event?


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

 Taboo game, pictures/drawings of persons, slips of paper so that the students can draw, maybe colored pencils.

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

All the activities went very well!

How could this class be improved/modified?

I’d keep it as it is.