Conversation Class Lesson Summary


Language Resident Name: Charlotte Eisenblaetter


 Day and Date: Wednesday, 3 February ‘16


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


 Class theme/topics discussed: Reading a city map


 Goal of the class: To practice the preposition “zu”, to name different places in a city, like theater, parking spot, crossroad, etc.


How did you structure the class?


  • My German language fellow came to class and introduced the fellow program at Mason Hall. We talked also about the upcoming FLRC Open House and Oldenborg Open House. (10 min)
  • I put a large map of Berlin on the table, in which metro stations, sights, and public places were indicated (a typical tourist map of Berlin). Each student had a figure from a board game to mark a place in the city. Students said sentences like “Go to a parking lot”, and every student looked for a parking lot on the map to put their own figure on. Then the next student called another category, and everyone searched again. (50 min)


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


A tourist map of Berlin


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


This worked really well. Students were very creative and wanted to learn all the symbols on the map. The acitivity went on for more than 45 min and it was so simple.


How could this class be improved/ modified?


This could also work for beginners. Works with any city map (even of L.A., if you don’t have a large German city plan here).