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DE S19 INT Introduction/First class

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Wednesday, 23/01/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Introduction, get to know each other

Goal of the class:

Get to know each other, set the goals for the semester, create a good atmosphere among the students

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5 min): Mini presentation about the class and myself. I told the students that this was going to be “their” class as they would choose the topics we would discuss in the class (see activity 5).

Activity 2 (15 min): Ice-breaker. I handed four pieces of paper to each student and told them to write their name, hometown, major/minor and one hobby on every piece. Then I collected the pieces and mixed them. Afterwards, I handed them out again and told them to take a guess to whom it belongs. Therefore, the students were walking around the classroom and interviewing each other. When they found the person to whom the piece of paper belonged to, they gave it back to them. Finally, each student introduced himself to the class.

Activity 3 (10 min): Another ice-breaker. We played “bingo”. In this game, the students would have a work sheet with different boxes. In those, they would find an attribute, like “has a tattoo”. The students then had to go around the classroom and find a person that fits this criterium and fill in the box with the name of the person.

Activity 4 (10 min): Another ice-breaker. The students would get together in pairs of two. One of them would be the interviewer and the other one the interviewee. The interviewer would have 5 minutes and, in this time, try to get to know the other person as well as possible. The person would be able to ask any kind of question. The interviewer would write everything down. After 5 minutes they would change roles. After 5 minutes, everyone would present their results to the big group.

Activity 5 (5 min): We brainstormed the goals for the semester and also the topics the students want to discuss in class. We agreed that I would create a semester plan (with the topics) for the next time which we would discuss then.

Activity 6 (10 min): I handed out the conversation agreements. I made sure that the agreement made sense to everyone. Additionally, I added what I expected from the conversation class (rules, set of behavior, etc.). In the end, everyone signed the agreement. You can do this in English if the proficiency is not that good to do it in German.

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

Whiteboard and marker

Paper

Attendance sheets

Class agreements

Pens

Powerpoint presentation

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

The students were pretty proficient in German so we were able to talk more than the tasks I requested. I felt that we created a good atmosphere for the first class and that the students were genuinely interested. Also, I felt that the students were highly motivated and genuinely wanted to participate in the class.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would keep it as it is.

 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.

DE S19 ADV Professions

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Tuesday, 26/02/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Professions

Goal of the class:

Get to know the professions in German, be able to describe them, get to know the salaries in Germany

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Story cubes. The students had to roll dices with pictures of little figures on them. They had to invent stories with the dices that showed up. Also, they had to add a profession (of a possible protagonist) to the story they were making up.

Activity 2 (5 min): Most professions in one minute.  In one minute and in pairs, the students had to think of as many professions they could think of. The winning pair would get a small treat. Then we would talk about the vocabulary they gathered.

Activity 3 (20 min): Guess my profession. Every student would get a work sheet. In pairs, they would try to guess the partner’s profession by asking questions provided on the work sheet and adding additional questions.

Activity 4 (20 min): Create a new business. The students were asked to imagine being in the position of creating a company. In pairs of two, they should create their own company and present it to the group at the end. They had to think of the location, the service they provided, the price and what made them the most successful company. At the end, they presented their product. Also, everyone voted for the best product. Again, the winner received a brownie.

Activity 5 (additional): If you have time left, you can make some kind of a “quiz”. You ask the students which professions are the best paid/ worst paid in Germany. They have to make a ranking. Then you can show the ranking to them (in the presentation). After that, you can have a discussion if this is fair/just (if the students are into it).

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

Whiteboard, pen

Powerpoint presentation (see attached)

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

The students really liked the class! I think every activity went well.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It was a good class. I would keep it as it is.

 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.

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DE S19 ADV Tim Bendzko

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Tuesday, 16/04/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Tim Bendzko

Goal of the class:

Talk about social phenomena and German society using the example of Tim Bendzko and one of his songs, practice discussion skills

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Partner interviews. In pairs, the students will talk about their music preferences. The questions on the screen will prompt thoughts and discussion between them.

Activity 2 (10 min): In the group, we would brainstorm everything they would associate with Germany. I would write that down on a big paper.

Activity 3 (10 min): Discussing pictures. In pairs again, they would receive a picture. They would talk about the picture and say what/if they associated something with Germany. Now having talked about the bright sides of German society, I would also ask them what kind of problems they could imagine. Pictures in presentation.

Activity 4 (10 min): I would show them a video of a guy “escaping” from Germany and living on an island. We would have a discussion on that why he might do that and what the students think about that. Link in presentation.

Activity 5 (10 min): After watching the muted video, the students would share their thoughts in the group. We would also watch the music video with audio, aided by lyrics. Discussion after that. Link in presentation.

Activity 6 (10 min): Wrap up and final thoughts. Also critique on the music video by a comedian. If there is still a lot of time left, you can ask the students if they see any similarities to the US. Or also show them another video of Tim Bendzko “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten”. Link in presentation.

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

Lyrics from the song

Pictures

Paper for brainstorming

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

The students seemed to like the topic!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It was good. I would keep it as it is.

 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.

DE S19 INT Movies and series

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Monday, 04/02/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Movies and series

Goal of the class:

Being able to talk about movies and series (using German words)

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Introductory questions. First, the students talked briefly in pairs about the questions I gave them. They talked about how often they went to the movies, which movie they liked best etc.

Activity 2 (10 min): What fits together? I gave every pair of students several flyers of movie posters. At the same time, I gave them summaries of movies they had to fit to the movies. The fastest pair would win!

Activity 3 (15 min): Being a film critic. I gave the students movie flyers. In pairs, they had to think of the plot that could have happened in the movie. Then, they should rate the movie as a film critic. At the end, they would present the movie to the group. The LR gives the true summary of the movie at the end.

Activity 5 (20 min): Inventing your movie. The students were told they would invent their own movie. For that, they would draw cards with different tags on them. They would have to draw a genre card and four plot cards. The things on the card had to be added to their idea. At the end, the students would present it to the group again.

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

Whiteboard and marker

9 pieces of paper for the game «problem on the forehead»  

Powerpoint presentation (attached)

Fill in the blank exercise (see attached)

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

The students had a lot of fun: especially the film critic part and the movie inventing were a lot of fun.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would keep it as it is. It was a great class.

 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.

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DE FA18 INT Art and painters

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Wednesday, 11/28/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Art and painters

Goal of the class:

Get to know the vocabulary regarding art. Be able to describe a picture accordingly.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5 min): Quiz. First, we started doing a kahoot quiz. I prepared a quiz on famous painters and paintings. The students had to do the quiz on their own. The students got really excited and loved doing that.

Activity 2 (10 min): Interview. I asked the students to interview each other about art and museums. They asked each other how often they went to the museums, which museum they liked the most and which painter they liked the most. After that, we gathered the results in the big group.

Activity 3 (5 min): I told the students to gather as many terms they knew about art, specifically the tools they would need to paint and to draw. The winner got a small gift (candy). After that, we briefly talked about vocabulary regarding art by collecting all the tools you would need to paint and draw.

Activity 4 (10 min): I showed a famous painting of Salvador Dali and we tried to describe the picture as accordingly as possible by using phrases (in the front of the picture, in the back of the picture, etc). I also handed them a help sheet they could use in the next exercise. This exercise should prepare them for the next task.

Activity 5 (30 min): Drawing by hearing. I split the students in groups of three. One student would sit in the front, facing away from the screen. The two other students would look at the screen and try to describe the picture best to their knowledge. The student facing away would draw it. The students had 10 minutes for each picture. Then they would switch so everyone would be in the place of drawing. In the end we would look at all pictures. The one that looked the most similar won (and the group received candy as a reward).

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

Whiteboard, pen

PowerPoint presentation (see attached)

Help sheet (attached)

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

The students really enjoyed the quiz! Also, they enjoyed drawing the pictures and explaining that to each other. They also drew really funny pictures!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It was one of the best classes. I would keep it as it is.

 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.

Deutsch Fortgeschritten, 27. November 2018

Hilfe für die Beschreibung

Im Vordergrund gibt es…                                  –                       In the front there is…

Im Hintergrund gibt es…                                   –                       In the back there is..

Auf der linken Seite des Bildes…                       –                  On the left side of the picture…

Auf der rechten Seite des Bildes…                     –                On the right side of the picture…

In der Mitte des Bildes gibt es…                        –                       In the center of the picture there is…

Daneben                                                           –                       Next to it…

Davor                                                               –                       In front of it…

Dahinter                                                           –                       Behind it…

Hinten links sieht man…

Hinten rechts sieht man…

Vorne links sieht man…

Vorne rechts sieht man…

INT-28.11.2018

DE FA18 INT Politics

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Monday, 11/26/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Fukushima incident

Goal of the class:

Get to know the vocabulary regarding politics. Talk about the incident of Fukushima and its consequences on German politics in particular.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Interviews. I asked the students if they liked reading the news and how often they did it. They should also tell the story of an incident they read in the news and rephrase it. Then, we discussed the results in the big group.

Activity 2 (5 min): Vocab gathering. Every student had to contribute a word or a sentence what they had in mind regarding politicians and politics.

Activity 3 (20 min): The Fukushima incident. First, they had to think what happened in Fukushima in2011. They should talk to their partner then. After this, I handed them an input sheet about the Fukushima incident. They should discuss their results in a small group.

Activity 4 (20 min): Have a speech. I divided the class into two groups. To each small group, I handed a work sheet: one which was in favor of nuclear power and the other one who was against it. In their groups, they should gather the information for their sides from the sheets. Also, they should find more information about it. Additionally, as a group they would prepare a speech for their side and present it later on (like having a discussion in the parliament). At the end, we had a nice discussion going on which the students seemed to like.

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

Whiteboard, pen

PowerPoint presentation (see attached)

Input sheet (attached)

Worksheets (see attached)

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

Even though the text on the Fukushima incident might have been a little bit difficult, the students enjoyed the speeches they made.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It was a good class. I would keep it as it is. I could adjust the texts for the next time.

 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.

Atom-Katastrophe (atomic disaster) in Japan

Ein Erdbeben (earth quake) und ein Tsunami beschädigten (damaged) am 11. März 2011 das Atomkraftwerk (powerplant) in Fukushima.

Nach einem starken Erdbeben und einem schweren Tsunami fiel am 1. März 2011 das Atomkraftwerk in Fukushima aus. Dabei kam es zu einer Kernschmelze (meltdown). Außerdem gab es in einem Reaktor eine Explosion. Dadurch wurde radioaktives Material in die Luft geschleudert (thrown in the air) und ein großes Gebiet mitStrahlung (radiation) kontaminiert.

Was passiert am Atomkraftwerk?

Bis heute versuchen Arbeiter die Situation unter Kontrolle zu bringen. Um eine weitere Kernschmelze zuverhindern, kühlen (cool down) sie das Atomkraftwerk mit Wasser. Für die Arbeiter ist das gefährlich, weil sie täglich viel radioaktive Strahlung (radiation) abbekommen. Außerdem gelangt kontaminiertes Wasser vom Atomkraftwerk in die Erde und ins Meer. Das soll mit einem Wall (embankment) in der Erde verhindert werden.

Was ist mit den Bewohnern (residents)?

Ein großes Gebiet rund um das Atomkraftwerk wurde besonders stark radioaktiv kontaminiert. Deshalb hat die Regierung dort eine Sperrzone (forbidden area) errichtet (enforced). Etwa 100.000 Menschen, die in diesem Gebiet lebten, mussten ihre Wohnungen verlassen. Einige Gebiete werden noch sehr lange kontaminiert bleiben. Einige Menschen werden also wahrscheinlich (probably) nie mehr dorthin zurückkehren können.

Boden und Wasser verseucht

In einem riesigen Gebiet ist auch der Boden immer noch verseucht. Deshalb baggern (to dig) Arbeiter die kontaminierte Erde einige Zentimeter tief ab. Das dauert sehr lange und es gibt eine große Menge an kontaminierter Erde. Bisher ist nicht klar, wo diese Erde sicher gelagert werden kann. Bis das Atomkraftwerk und das verseuchte Gebiet sicher sind, wird es noch viele Jahre dauern.

Rede für die Atomenergie (Opposition)

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen!

Meine Damen und Herren!

Trotz (despite) der schlimmen Ereignisse in Japan, muss Deutschland die Atomenergie (nuclear energy) behalten. Dafür gibt es mehrere Gründe.

Erstens. Atomenergie ist umweltfreundlich. Es ist bekannt, dass Strom aus Atomenergie sehr viel umweltfreundlicher ist als alle anderen Weisen der Energieproduktion. Kohleproduktion (coal) verschmutzt die Umwelt mit ihren Abgasen (waste gas) und Gasproduktion zerstört die Natur für immer. Nur die Atomenergie ist eine umweltfreundliche Alternative für die Gasproduktion.

Zweitens. Atomenergie ist sicher. Die Ereignisse in Fukushima sind schrecklich, aber das ist kein Grund (its no reason), um die Atomenergie abzuschaffen (to abolish). In der Geschichte der Menschheit (mankind) gab es nur zwei Katastrophen mit Atomkraftwerken: Tschernobyl und Fukushima. Ansonsten (other than that) gab es nie Katastrophen mit Atomenergie. Die Nutzung von Atomenergie ist die einzige sichere, zuverlässige undumweltfreundliche Alternative zur Energieproduktion.

Wir sind überzeugt, dass es besser für das Land ist, wenn wir die Atomenergie behalten. Deutschland braucht Atomkraftwerke für seine starke Wirtschaft und die Gesellschaft.

Erklärung von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel zu Fukushima. Rede gegen die Atomenergie (Regierung)


LiebeKolleginnen und Kollegen!
Meine Damen und Herren!
 
Vor 90 Tagen wurde Japan vom schwersten Erdbeben in der Geschichte des Landes getroffen.Anschließend traf eine zehn Meter hohe Welle seine Küste.
 
Heute, 90 Tage nach diesem schrecklichen 11. März, wissen wir: Im Atomkraftwerkgab es eine Kernschmelze (meltdown). Noch immer gibt es radioaktive Strahlung (radiation). Die Sperrzone wird lange bleiben, und an ein Ende ist noch nichtzu denken. Letzte Woche gab es viel Strahlung. Die Situation in Fukushima istsehr ernst.
 
Ohne Zweifel (without doubt), die dramatischen Ereignisse (incidents) in Japansind ein Einschnitt (turning point) für die Welt. Sie sind es auch für uns. Wirerkennen (realize), dass die Risiken der Atomenergie nicht sicher sind.
 
Deshalb müssen wir die notwendigen Konsequenzen ziehen (take the consequences). Wir brauchen umweltverträgliche und sichere Energie in Deutschland. Deshalbhaben wir folgende Gesetze beschlossen (passed the following laws):


Erstens. Bis 2022 wird die Nutzung der Atomenergie in Deutschland beendet.
 
Zweitens. Für die Energie der Zukunft werden die erneuerbaren Energien im Mittelpunkt stehen (to be central).
     
 
Wir (die Regierung) sind überzeugt: Deutschland hat das Potenzial und die Kraft für eine Zeit der alternativen Energien. Die Energie der Zukunft soll sicher und umweltfreundlich sein.

DE FA18 ADV Sports

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Tuesday, 09/18/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Talking about sports

Goal of the class:

Being able to talk about sports

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (20 min): First, I asked students if they were engaged in any sports or liked to watch/follow any.Then, I handed out a sheet with questions regarding sports (see attached). The students had to go through the classroom and meet other students. Doing that, they asked each other questions provided on the sheet. Afterwards, we gathered the answers in the big group.

Activity 2 (10 min): Guessing. I told them to guess what kind of sports would be the most popular in the US.In groups of four, they would vote and tell it to the group. Then, we would do the same for Germany. At the end, I showed the students a chart with the most popular sport in Germany and the US.

Activity 2 (15 min): First,we would discuss the regarding vocabulary in a cloud (see presentations). Then,I showed them a video of a soccer player answering to questions of a journalist. After talking briefly about the video, we would go on and “make an interview happen”.

Activity 4 (15 min): “Making an interview happen” The students should get into pairs of two. One would be the interviewer and the other one a soccer player. The students decided whether they would have a crazy, sad or happy interview. At the end, the students presented it to the whole class. They seemed to enjoy it.

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

Whiteboard and marker

Video of a soccer player

PowerPoint presentation (see attached)

Questions to answer (see attached)

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

It was a good class. I would keep it as it is. The students had a lot of fun guessing and making the interviews happen.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

For the next classes, I will use more pair or group work exercises.

 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.

Video:

Unterhalte dich mit den anderen Studenten.

  • Ist Sport wichtig für dich?
  • Welcher Sport ist dein Lieblingssport?
  • Was glaubst du: Welche Sportart ist die beliebteste in den USA?
  • Was glaubst du: welche Sportart ist die beliebteste in Deutschland?
ADV-18.09.2018

DE FA18 ADV Cooking and food

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Thursday, 10/04/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Cooking and eating

Goal of the class:

Being able to talk about food and the ways of cooking it.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (10 min): Icebreaker and introduction. Before class, I hung up some pictures of dishes. The students had to walk in pairs around the classroom and identify them first. Then, they had to think of the ingredients they needed to make the dish and the way of preparing it. We discussed the results in the big group.

Activity 2 (5 min): I told the students to write down as many terms about cooking, food and eating they possibly knew. In pairs, the students had one minute to do that. The winners would get a little surprise (cookies). We briefly discussed the terms they gathered in the big group.

Activity 3 (15 min): I showed a video of a person cooking a dish. In the same pairs, the students had to write down the ingredients they could identify and also the steps it needed to make the dish itself (which were displayed in the video). In the group, we discussed the results.

Activity 4 (30 min): I told the students to imagine being restaurant owners and therefore creating their own menus. In pairs, they had to think of one dish they would like to put there. The task was also to think of the name, price, ingredients, cooking devices, and a short description why it is the best dish. In the group, they would present their results. The winning pair would get the rest of the cookies.

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

Whiteboard and marker

Youtube video of a person cooking

Pictures of dishes

PowerPoint presentation (attached)

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

The students had a lot of fun doing the competitive task and also creating their own dish.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It was a great class. I would keep it as it is.

 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.

ADV-04.10.2018

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