Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Monday, September 21, 2016

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

Class theme/topics discussed: French literature / Amin Maalouf, French and Libanese author from the Académie française. Inspired by this class:

Goal of the class: Learn vocabulary we use in formal speech, discover French literature about politic issues (orientalism).

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up : Students wrote French famous books titles in pieces of paper and students have to draw a paper and make the other guess what title it is.
  2. A handout with extracts of the book: we discuss each extract and try to find what today issues they refer to. Each student has to read an extract, we review the vocabulary and then we work together on the extract (“do you agree” “why or why not?”). This is the second part of the previous class.
  3. Crosswords to learn new vocabulary (with words from the book extracts).


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

Two handouts with book extracts and crosswords. Handouts available here:

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

The class worked very well. Students speak a lot so we didn’t have the time to make the crossword activity. Nevertheless, I think this activity was less important…

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

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