Language Resident Name: Tilman Viëtor
Day and Date: Thursday, 04/16/2020
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, Advanced
# of Students: 3
Class theme/topics discussed: German youth slang
Goal of the class: Students learn about German youth slang
How did you structure the class?
- Warm-up (Prior knowledge):
I post questions in the Google Doc, that serve as conversation starters. They talk about the questions in Breakout Rooms and if they look up vocabulary, which I encourage them to do, they put them in our shared vocab list. The questions were 1. What is good about winter if you compare it to summer? 2. What are the most essential food items for you? 3. What three things are the most important for you in life right now? 4. Who is your favorite musician?
- Activity 1 (Input):
In the Main Room: I give the students three lists of youth slang words and short phrases in the Google Doc. I give each one of them a list and they do a short research on Google.de to find out what the words/phrases mean and what language they are from. I demonstrate the process via screenshare quickly, so that they know that they should also enter “meaning youth slang” into the search bar after the word/phrase. We then go through the words together.
- Activity 2 (Guided Practice):
We read a website together that is about German youth slang, its history and its important elements and characteristics. They can later use the forms on that website for their dialogues.
- Activity 3 (Task):
I give the students four different little scenarios, to choose from and write a creative dialogue around, using as many youth slang words as possible for them. They write the dialogues in pairs in breakout rooms, and then they present them in the Main Room
What technology, media or props did you use? (Internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Google Doc, Google.de, Website : https://online-lernen.levrai.de/deutsch-uebungen/jugendsprache/0_jugendsprache_regeln.htm
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The class went well, we had good conversations and the students had a lot of fun with writing and performing the dialogues. I had to skip the website bit, and we did not have a lot of time left for the dialogues, so they were short.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
I should have reduced the amount of warm-up questions and the amount of words every single student had to research.