Language Resident/Assistant Name: Eva Saunders
Day and Date: 11/12/2020
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate & Advanced
Class theme/topics discussed: St. Martin’s Day
Goal of the class: Learn about German culture and master casual conversation
How did you structure the class?
A) Warm-Up: Have you heard of St. Martins Day or seen lantern-walks before? Why are they happening?
Watch short cartoon about St. Martin:
B) Activity: Make a lantern as is a custom in Germany on 11/11 while listening to songs that are traditionally sung, like “Ich geh mit meiner Laterne“ and “Laterne, Laterne”.
Here is an example for an easy lantern: http://www.labbe.de/zzzebra/index.asp?themaid=237&titelid=4116
This one is made poking holes, alternatively you can have the students cut out shapes with small scissors and glue tissue paper behind it.
Maybe watch video of actual St. Martin’s procession towards the end, when people are settled in with crafting (you can find some on Youtube).
C) Discussion while crafting or after: What were your favorite Childhood activities this time of year? Is there something similar in your culture?
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.) Props: Share Screen function in Zoom, Chat, Youtube, Spotify, Course Website as a resource for homework and reference.
I emailed students a few days before with what is needed so they could get the supplies needed for making the lanterns (cardboard box, scissors, thumb tacks, glue, tissue paper, fake candle, etc.).
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The students very much enjoyed making the lanterns. It is a bit hard to make them multi-task, so they became chattier once they were almost done with their work. It worked well to listen to some traditional songs while they were crafting and showing the videos in the beginning & end.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
I’d leave it as is. And we took a screenshot photo with all our lanterns at the end, which made a fun memory.
If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that). Please attach any handouts as well.
Virtual Handout in target language: https://courses.pomona.edu/la-german-2020/blog/2020/11/12/13-1-class-23-11-12-2020/ (Password: GERMAN)