Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet
Day and Date: Wednesday, November 1
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced Plus
Class theme/topics discussed: Music
Goal of the class: Learn about the vocabulary of music (music instruments, idiomatic expressions), practice of the listening comprehension part with songs, create a dialogue with specific vocabulary.
How did you structure the class?
- Warm-up: Introduce the “Fête de la Musique” and ask the students about their habits related to music (playing an instrument, favorite band, etc.). They’ll have a handout about habits of French people so we can make comparisons.
- We watch a video about the famous singer Stromae without the sound. I give the students ten words (that appear on the video), and they have to imagine the dialogue using them (“Radin ; Bignou ; Danser ; S’amuser ; Malade ; Chien ; Soif ; Canard ; S’extasier ; Désinvolte”). Then, we watch the video.
- I give the students a handout with titles of French songs: I will play songs extracts and just by listening to the extracts, the students have to guess what the song is.
- Idiomatic expressions with music: Multiple-choice questions on a handout
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The main activities were very fun: the students also learnt new vocabulary! The activity with the songs was a bit experimental but the students told me they loved it and wanted another one.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
With less advanced students, the songs have to be easier to guess!
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