Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Stories about ghosts and mystery 

Goal of the class:

Invent stories (organize sentences into a logical story), memorization of simple sentences and of a story, work on some vocabulary, work on how to ask questions.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: we play “two truths, one lie”
  2. “téléphone arabe” (“Broken Telephone”?) : I say a word to a student (related to mystery or ghost stories) and the student has to tell the student next by him another word (but which belongs to the same lexical field), and so on. The last student has to say his word out loud. We work on the listening comprehension.
  3. Ghost story : I tell them the beginning of a mystery story then, the student next to me has to continue the story, etc.
  4. Alibi game : you can find the rules here 

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

Only pieces of draft paper to write the alibis and the warm-up

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

My students are very talkative and I was surprised they played every games with much enthusiasm. The Ghost story worked very well because they allowed themselves to take the time to answer and we had a lot of fun. The alibi game worked well too: at the end, students tried “trickier” questions to to trap the students who had to answer the questions.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Maybe the “two truths, one lie” was too much, and we should have taken more time in the Broken telephone activity which was more challenging for the students.

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