Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert
Day and Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German Advanced Conversation
Class theme/topics discussed:
Personalities and personal experiences.
Goal of the class:
Students reveal more things about themselves and talk about personal experiences.
How did you structure the class?
10-20 minutes: Definitions. One of the students leaves the room. The remaining students choose an unknown word from a German dictionary, write it on the board and make up definitions for it. Only one student memorizes the correct definition. The students that was sent out gets called back in, listens to the definitions and tries to determine the correct one. He is allowed to ask additional questions in order to succeed.
10-30 minutes: Personalities. The students are asked to think about their lives and the people they know/have known. Each student should find at least two people who have influenced him/her in his/her life (parents, friends, personalities from history or literature) and take some notes on how these persons influenced them. The students then tell in turns how/why they were influenced, the other students can ask questions.
10-15 minutes: Same or different? Students get in pairs. Every pair receives two different handouts with drawings that differ a little or that are exactly the same. Through a lot of description, they try to determine which of these is the case. In the end, the LR presents them with solutions.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Same or different sheet, dictionary for the definitions-game.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The definitions game was not that much fun or worked in a different way than expected. The task where students revealed a lot about themselves and persons that influenced them was very interesting for all the students. The “Same or different” game worked well as students talked a lot.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
Keep it as it is.