Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Charlotte Eisenblaetter
Day and Date: Monday, 1 February ‘16
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German intermediate
Class theme/topics discussed: Germany memory and card description
Goal of the class: To ask for cards, to ask questions about pictures and to give directions
How did you structure the class?
- Playing a game with cards that has pictures of furniture on it and different letters from A to D. Students ask for card with a specific piece of furniture in order to gain four cards with the same letter. (Quartett). (15 min)
- We used the pictures from “Germany-memory” for a game of description. Every student drew one card which they were not allowed to look at. The first one looks at his card. The others ask questions to eliminate as many possible pictures as possible. They can ask a maximum of five questions and they have a poster with all possible pictures in the game before them on the table. When they have guessed, the next student is allowed to look at his card. (25 min)
- Everyone got a small excerpt from a map on Google maps of a different German city. Each of them chose a start-and end-point and described their path to the others. The other students imitated the directions on their own plan. In the end, everyone told the others where they had landed. (20 min)
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
« Möbelquartett » from the online-website hueber.de
Game « memory ». (In German lounge – Deutschland-Memory)
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Everything worked well. It is important to give students one or two examples for each activity and tell them how to give directions properly etc.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
This could be modified for any other language and any other topic. You can use another memory game, or just a collection of pictures. You can also use any city. If you want to introduce a city, you can use the game to stop at different sights in the city.