Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

Day and Date: 15th April

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Spanish Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: The Bar (Film)

Goal of the class: 

  • To exchange information about the main topic of the film
  • To analyze the characters of the film and their evolution throughout the film
  • To relate the topic of the film with recent events that have taken place in our society 

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students share general opinions about the film and their cinema preferences: What did you like most about the film? And the least? Do you like these kinds of films? What is your favorite cinema genre?  
  • Activity 1: Students discuss the significance of the title and analyze the intro of the film: Why did the director choose those images for the intro? How does the music of the intro make you feel? What are your expectations of the film after seeing that intro? Does it match the rest of the film?
  • Activity 2: Students analyze some cultural expressions and events that happen during the first part of the film, learning colloquial idiomatic expressions.  
  • Activity 3: Students focus on the characters, analyzing the first impression that they portray and possible derived prejudices, also describing their personal problems and how their behavior changes throughout the film. Who is your favorite character and why? Is there any character that you specially dislike?
  • Activity 4: Analysis of the use of humor in the film. Students talk about humor scenes. Is humor compatible with a horror movie?
  • Activity 5: Students relate the topic of the film with the current global crisis. Are there any aspects that appear in the film that also show the behavior of people these days in real life? They will also be given some speaking prompts with quotes from the film.  
  • Activity 6: Debate of a hypothetical situation. Students write down the most essential professions during the Coronavirus crisis according to their opinion. The vaccine for the virus is out, but there is not enough for everyone: Which working collectives should have priority and receive the vaccine as soon as possible and why?
  • Extra final activity: Analyzing the advertising of products throughout the film. E.g. the abundance of Coca Cola drinks in the bar. 

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

  • Netflix 
  • Handout with questions and activities

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

  • They had nice discussions with the activity of the vaccine, and they were able to answer all of the questions, however the film and the topic might be too hard for some students. 

How could this class be improved/modified? 

  • They did not have as much to say as I had expected with the first activity, about the intro of the film, so since there are lots of activities, I suggest simply skipping that one.