Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Wednesday, November 2                          

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced Plus

Class theme/topics discussed: French idiomatic expressions and proverbs 

Goal of the class:

Learn some new idiomatic expressions and proverbs we use in everyday life in France. 

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: I ask the students to tell me about idiomatic expressions they know in French, and to translate some English idiomatic expressions into French.
  2. We watch a video: students have to catch up the idiomatic expressions. We review the vocabulary and then the meaning of these expressions.
  3. I give a handout as a summary of a video: students have to match the idiomatic expression with the meaning.
  4. If we have time, I give them some proverbs cut into two pieces and they have to match the beginning of a sentence with the right ending and then, explain the proverbs.

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

a handout with idiomatic expressions

Proverbs (beginning and ending)

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

I was surprised they didn’t know many idiomatic expressions so the brainstorming at the beginning was a little useless. However the other activities were more interesting for them because they learn new vocabulary and expressions.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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