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DE S11 INT School System

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 15th Feb 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
German school system

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Doing small talk with my students at the beginning of the class and ended up discussing this topic

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Diagram of the German school system in the book “Password Deutsch 3”

How did students react?
Were very interested

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Password Deutsch 3 Seite 60

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Students can connect to it very easily.

DE S11 INT Family

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 10th Feb 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
My students family and plans for the future.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I just had 1 student this class, so I took her out for a coffee and we just talked.

How did students react?
Liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Great if there is just 1 student.

S11 DE Int7 News

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 8th Feb 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
News in Germany

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I showed my students a German news show for kids and we discussed the topics in it, for example the recent situation in Egypt.

How did students react?
Liked it

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they are always interested in news.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Online video stream

Please attach a copy.
http://www.tivi.de/fernsehen/logo/start/index.html

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, definitely

Why or why not?
In this show they present the news of the day, but in easy language, so that kids can understand it.

DE S11 ADV TV Show Lindenstraße

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Concersation
Date: 1st Feb 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
German TV series “Lindenstrasse”

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Found an article in a magazine, because of the 25th anniversary of “Lindenstrasse”

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Reading the article and discussing it.

How did students react?
Liked it, tried to compare it to American TV series.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Article + website

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
The “Lindenstrasse” has been a popular German TV series for a long time.

Lindenstraße Folge 1312

DE S11 INT Pets

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 1st Feb 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Tiere (Animals)

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I played a memory game with my students. I first put all the cards on the table and they had to match the pictures with the names. After that we started to play memory, but did not finish. Also we discussed some sounds that animals make.

How did students react?
Liked it

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Memory game cards.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Students learned the words while enjoying the game.

DE S11 ADV Immigration

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 27th Jan 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Migration in Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It’s connected to politics in Germany which was the bigger topic for the last 2 weeks

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We discussed where the immigrants in Germany mostly come from and why they are there, as well as problems immigrants in Germany are facing. After that we watched an episode of “Tuerkisch fuer Anfaenger”, a German TV series which illustrates these problems in a very funny way.

How did students react?
Liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV series

Please attach a copy.
DVD available at the FLRC

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Important topic of German culture and problems Germany is facing at the moment.

DE S11 ADV Voting System

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 25th Jan 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
The voting system in Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students were very interested in German politics, so I decided to go on with that topic.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I handed out a text to the students explaining the voting system as well as a German voting form. After discussing that my students all wrote little speeches for one party and we had a vote.

How did students react?
Like it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Article about the German voting system.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
The German voting system is very different from the American.

Das Wahlsystem in Deutschland

DE S11 ADV Political Parties

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 20th Jan 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
The political parties in Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students expressed their interest in watching and reading recent news about Germany, therefore it is helpful to know about the political parties.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We read a short text for introduction together. After that we went to the FLRC and each student had to find out something about one party (when was it found, color, famous politian, goals). They had 20 min to do that. After that each student presented their party to the group. Then we had a discussion which parties we like.

How did students react?
Liked it a lot.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PC and internet.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
My students told me after this class, that they enjoyed it a lot.

DE S11 INT Book review

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 20th Jan 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Book: Tintenherz

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students expressed their interest in reading German short stories and books.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave my students a summery of the book “Tintenherz” and also a list with vocabulary. We read the text together. After each paragraph we talked about new vocabulary and what had happened to the protagonists in it.

How did students react?
Liked it

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Summery of Tintenherz

Please attach a copy.
http://www.dieterwunderlich.de/Funke_tintenherz.htm#cont

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Tintenherz is a very popular book in Germany and also my students liked it. They asked if we could also read about “Tintenblut” and “Tintentod”

DE S11 INT Intro + Games

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 18th Jan 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Class requirements
Playing Taboo

How did you pick this theme or topic?
First day of class

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts for the requirements
Game (cards+board) for taboo

How did students react?
They like the game

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Taboo game

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Creates fast speech.

DE F10 INT Final Class

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 7th Dec 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
It was the last class this semester, so I asked my students how they liked it and what classes they liked best. Also I gave them some feedback about how they were doing and how they improved.
After that we played Taboo

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to do something fun with them for the last class

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I let one of the students explain the game and then we played it together.

How did students react?
They liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
The game created a lot of talk

DE F10 INT Christmas

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Conversation Intermediate

Date: 30th Nov 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Christmas

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It’s Christmas soon.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave them 2 papers, one with vocabs and the other one with the corresponding pictures. The students had to cut the pictures and put them next to the words. After that we talked about the different Christmas traditions we have.

How did students react?
They liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
It’s the time of the year, everybody likes Christmas.

DE F10 INT Debate

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 23rd Nov. 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
The North Korea conflict

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I had planned something totally different, but one of my students brought up the North Korea conflict, because it had been in the news this day. Because my other students seemed very interested in that, I changed my plans. So we read a newspaper article about the recent news about North Korea online and discussed it

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Reading the article together, discussing the content and vocabs.

How did students react?
Liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, it was the topic they chose, so they were very engaged

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Laptop

Please attach a copy.
www.zeit.de

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Not necessarily this topic, because other students might not be that interested in it. But I would recommend changing the lesson plan, when students come up with a very interesting topic.

DE F10 INT Books

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 18th Nov 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Our favorite books

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Everybody talks about Harry Potter at the moment.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave my students a worksheet, where they had to take notes about their favorite book (content, characters, places, like, dislike). Then they gave a short presentation and we talked about their favorite book.

How did students react?
They liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Website.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Students liked to talk about their interests.

DE F10 INT St. Martin

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 16th Nov 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
St. Martin

How did you pick this theme or topic?
St. Martin is a Christian holiday, which is celebrated in Germany on 11th Nov.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We read a text about the life of St. Martin about his life and the traditions that we have in Germany. Students learned some vocabulary and we discussed the text.

How did students react?
Like to learn about the traditions in Germany

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Text about St. Martin.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
Students are interested in traditions from Germany.

DE F10 INT Sports

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 11th Nov 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Sport (in Germany)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Everybody knows something about sport, so everybody can say something about this topic

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave the students pictures of the most popular German sports and asked them what they know about them and what rules there are. We listed up some new vocabulary on the white board. After that each of my students explained the rules for their favorite sport.
Finally, we played crab soccer for 5min.

How did students react?
Liked the topic and talking about their sport

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Pictures of the different sports.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Explaining the rules of different sports produced a lot of talk, was interesting/informative and students liked it.

DE F10 INT Manners

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate conversation
Date: 09-28-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
Internet Quiz on how to behave during a dinner

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Was interesting to me, I found it on the internet

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Online quiz

How did students react?
Discussing what answer from the qwuiz they want to take

Did they engage with each other and you?
little

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Online quiz

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
No

Why or why not?
It was too easy to choose an answer without much discussion

DE F10 INT Religious Holidays

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate

Date: 09-23-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
Religious holidays

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It was Yom Kippur and I did knot know what was celebrated on that day. Two of my students are Jew, one is Catholic.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked them to prepare a presentation. We worked in groups. The two jewish kids made a presentation about their holidays and me and the other student made a list of catholic holidays.

How did students react?
They liked it and were interested in the other culture.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
None.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
If you have students who have different religions then yes, otherwise it could be boring.

DE F10 INT School System

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate
Date: 09-14-10

Class theme/topics discussed:

German and American School System

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Two of my students are in high school, so its interesting how school is in Germany

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handout = Talk

How did students react?
They were interested and asked questions

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handout, which I made by myself

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
It’s a topic that relates to the students life

DE F10 ADV TV Show

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 09-09-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
German TV Serie “Doctors Diary”

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is a popular girls serie in Germany and I have only girls in this class

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
TV

How did students react?
They liked it very much and even stayed 10min longer, because they wanted to see the end of that episode

Did they engage with each other and you?
We stopped the video every now and then, because there is no subtitle. So we talked about what had happened.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV

Please attach a copy.
http://kino.to

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
If there are only girls in the class then definitely

Why or why not?
I don’t think that boys would like it that much

DE F10 INT Short Story 2

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 09-09-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral by Heinrich Heine

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Finishing the short story, which we read last class

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handout short story + video on youtube

How did students react?
They liked the visual support

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they were talking about the story and the plot

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Short story and video

Please attach a copy.
http://www.jorde.de/deutsch/anek01.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qebFuUmw6RY

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
maybe

Why or why not?
The students understood the story much better when they watched the video, but I still think that it is a little to difficult for intermediate students. Advanced would be better.

DE F10 INT Short Story

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: German Intermediate
Date: ______07-09-10_________

Class theme/topics discussed:
Ankdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral by Heinreich Heine

How did you pick this theme or topic?
The students asked if we could read a German short story. This is a very good one, that’s why I picked it.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I made the students read the short story, first the whole one and then the single paragraphs.

How did students react?
They are very good at reading, but there were lots of vocabs, which they did not know

Did they engage with each other and you?
They were reading and asking questions about vocabs.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Short story

Please attach a copy.
http://www.jorde.de/deutsch/anek01.html

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
No

Why or why not?
The story was too difficult for an intermediate class, there were too many vocabs they did not know.

DE F10 ADV Philosophy

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 09-02-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
Song: Philosoffen Band: Wise Guys

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Students said that they wanted to learn something about philosophy and this is a very funny song about famous philosophers

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Watching the video, discussing the vocabulary

How did students react?
Asking questions about words

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Tv, laptop…using youtube

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, if the class is interested in philosophy

Why or why not?
Students liked the music, they can watch other videos of the band if they want

DE F10 INT Intro

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation Class
Date: 08-31-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
Introducing yourself and others, class policy, post-it game

How did you pick this theme or topic?
First class for getting to know everybody

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Talking, using post-its for the game

How did students react?
Good

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
None.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
Students like the game and were talking

DE S10 ADV Baking 2

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: April 29, 2010

Class theme/topics discussed: We’re baking! continued

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Some of the students had mentioned that they would like to bake or cook some traditional German food. Since the semester is almost over, I thought this was a great time to do that.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First, we gathered all ingredients for our Laugenbrezeln and necessary baking supplies. Then, the students prepared the dough. Afterwards, while we were waiting for it to rise, we talked about general things related to baking and cooking. Then, each student made their own Brezeln and we put the ready Brezeln in the oven to bake. Again, the students stayed after the end of class time, so that we could sit together and enjoy our Brezeln

How did students react?
The students had a great time!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Recipe
Ingredients
Baking supplies

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely! The students enjoyed themselves very much.

 

 

 

 

 

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