Conversation Class Lesson Summary


Language Resident Name: Charlotte Eisenblaetter


Day and Date: Tuesday, 9 February ‘16


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


 Class theme/topics discussed: Die Büttenrede (Carnival speech in Germany)


Goal of the class: Writing a funny speech and rhyming about Pomona college


How did you structure the class?


  • Warm-up: I gave them some rhyming words and they had to come up with two lines for each pair. (10 min)
  • I explained to them what a “Büttenrede” is and that at carnival, people make funny speeches about things that the audience can relate to, like institutions, places and people. Then I asked them to think of typical places and persons representing Pomona college and interesting characteristics of these. From this information, we started to make rhyming couples and wrote a little speech. (50 min)


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

Paper and pen


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


This worked great! The students told me that they had a lot of fun.


How could this class be improved/ modified?


For intermediate, you could also write a speech. But instead of rhyming, you set a rule that each sentence has to start with the last word of the sentence before.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan advanced 9. februar