Language Resident Name: Tilman Viëtor
Day and Date: Tuesday, 12/03/19
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, Advanced
Class theme/topics discussed: Thanksgiving, children’s stories
Goal of the class: Students improve their narration skills, asking questions, reading skills
How did you structure the class?
- Warm-up (Prior knowledge):
Two truths and one lie: I tell students three short stories about my Thanksgiving holidays, one of which was a lie. I wrote 1 word associated with each story on the board. Then students had to decide which story was a lie. They could each ask me two questions before making a decision. Then the students had to come up with three words and stories about them, and then they presented, and we played in the same way as detailed above.
- Activity 1 (Input):
I talked about children’s books that I read as a child and showed and described to them the covers of these books. I then told them about my favorite children’s book, and in the process answered the 5 questions I would give them afterwards.
- Activity 2 (Guided Practice):
I gave the students the following questions to answer about their favorite children’s book:
- What is the title of the book?
- When was it first published?
- Did you read it yourself or was it read to you?
- What is the plot of the book?
- Why should everyone in this room read this book?
The students presented their books to the class.
- Activity 3 (Task):
I introduced the “Struwwelpeter” to the class and read the first story in the book to them, while showing the text and pictures on the screen. Then I gave both students a story and they figured out what it was about, asked for words that they did not know and then read and presented their story to the class.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Whiteboard, pens, PPT, Handout with the Struwwelpeter stories (You can find the whole book as a free pdf on Google)
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The class worked pretty well, the students were engaged and seemed to have fun.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
More work with the text. Maybe a gap text, or matching pictures and verses of the stories.Thanksgiving-Kids-stories