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FR F16 ADV Living on Mars

Conversation Class Lesson Summary 

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Tuesday, November 15.                                

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Mars 

Goal of the class:

Using the projects about living on Mars to make the students work on argumentation.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: If you have a free ticket to travel, where would you go ?
  2. Video about Life on Mars: questions for the listening comprehension (Why do we want to live on Mars and not the other planet of the solar system? What are the two solutions to make life on Mars possible?)
  3. Role-Play: two friends in a café are talking. One wants to apply for Mars One project, the other try to prevent him/her to do so.
  4. Pair work: Mars One can send people on Mars, but there are too many of them. So, each students pick a job in the list and each group have to make an argumentative speech about how useful their skills can be for Mars One project. The other students can ask questions. At the end, we make a vote to eliminate the group which didn’t manage to convince the others.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLEcXEM9_e0

A list of jobs (see below)

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

The last activity was a bit similar to what we previously did (last week), but it works especially fine with this class! Overall, the class worked well. I choose a video with slower-pace speaking (because the students asked me so), but it was still a bit difficult for them. I think it’s because they lack some basic vocabulary.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 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.

jobs-for-mars-one

FR F16 INT Geography

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Tuesday, November 15                                        

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate 

Class theme/topics discussed: Geography

Goal of the class:

Learn about French geography and be able to use description related to geography.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up : students draw a piece of paper with a question and have to answer it.
  2. Questions with a map of France / pair-work: students answer with the help of a map with drawings.
  3. Now that they know the map, we play a game with two groups: each group chooses one student who has one minute to make the other students guess a word related to the map. The words are written on pieces of paper they have to draw. The group which wins is the one who guess the biggest number of words. N.B. : we will review some vocabulary beforehand to help the students (in the center, on the right/left, under, above, etc.).
  4. We play Geoguessr (suggestion of a student).

 

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

The first questionnaire is inspired by this website : http://www.hueber.de/media/36/fr17-regions.pdf The map is good, but the answers are not correct so I had to modify them a little bit.

Link for the fourth activity : https://www.geoguessr.com/world/play

A map of France (see below)

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

The class went well, even if it was a bit messy: students were too enthusiastic, and sometimes it was hard for me to try to make them not speak at the same time. But we had a lot of fun, and the students asked a lot of questions about French regions and cities. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 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.

handout-for-geography-class

 

FR F16 INT TV Reality Show

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Thursday, November 10                             

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: TV reality show: Students are candidates for a TV reality show in a desert island but they have to pass three tests. Each test allows students to earn points like a little contest.

Goal of the class:

Work on expression and strategic use of the target language: how to make yourself clear in the target language even if you are not fluent? Reviewing of general vocabulary, directions (left, right, straight, stop, turn, etc.) and work on argumentation.

How did you structure the class?

  1. First “test” with two groups and a little taboo game.
  2. Second “test” with pair work: one student is blind while the other has to guide him/her to find an object in the classroom.
  3. Third “test” with pair work: each student pick a job in the list and each group have to make an argumentative speech about how useful their skills can be to live in a desert island. The other students can ask questions. At the end, we make a vote to eliminate the group which didn’t manage to convince the others
  4. Vocabulary “tennis” to decide between the winners (if there is more than one). The topic would be related to the content of the class (objects to bring with you in a desert island for example).

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

A scarf, a taboo game (with chosen topics to make it easier for an intermediate class), various objects (I used the fruits and vegetables of the LRO), a list of jobs (see below), ballot papers

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

This worked very well and everyone was having fun. The second activity was the most entertaining. They have learnt some vocabulary (the fruit and vegetables we we’re hiding) without noticing it.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 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.

jobs

 

FR F16 ADV PLUS French idioms and proverbs

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Wednesday, November 2                          

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced Plus

Class theme/topics discussed: French idiomatic expressions and proverbs 

Goal of the class:

Learn some new idiomatic expressions and proverbs we use in everyday life in France. 

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: I ask the students to tell me about idiomatic expressions they know in French, and to translate some English idiomatic expressions into French.
  2. We watch a video: students have to catch up the idiomatic expressions. We review the vocabulary and then the meaning of these expressions.
  3. I give a handout as a summary of a video: students have to match the idiomatic expression with the meaning.
  4. If we have time, I give them some proverbs cut into two pieces and they have to match the beginning of a sentence with the right ending and then, explain the proverbs.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjsG8sH_9Xs

a handout with idiomatic expressions

Proverbs (beginning and ending)

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

I was surprised they didn’t know many idiomatic expressions so the brainstorming at the beginning was a little useless. However the other activities were more interesting for them because they learn new vocabulary and expressions.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 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.

idioms-proverbs 


 

FR F16 ADV PLUS French literature

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Monday, September 21, 2016

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): French Advanced Plus

Class theme/topics discussed: French literature / Amin Maalouf, French and Libanese author from the Académie française. Inspired by this class: https://leszexpertsfle.com/ressources-fle/fle-immigration-migration-identite-amin-maalouf/

Goal of the class: Learn vocabulary we use in formal speech, discover French literature about politic issues (orientalism).

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up : Students wrote French famous books titles in pieces of paper and students have to draw a paper and make the other guess what title it is.
  2. A handout with extracts of the book: we discuss each extract and try to find what today issues they refer to. Each student has to read an extract, we review the vocabulary and then we work together on the extract (“do you agree” “why or why not?”). This is the second part of the previous class.
  3. Crosswords to learn new vocabulary (with words from the book extracts).

 

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

Two handouts with book extracts and crosswords. Handouts available here: https://leszexpertsfle.com/ressources-fle/fle-immigration-migration-identite-amin-maalouf/

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

The class worked very well. Students speak a lot so we didn’t have the time to make the crossword activity. Nevertheless, I think this activity was less important…

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

 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.

FR F16 INT Ghost stories

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Stories about ghosts and mystery 

Goal of the class:

Invent stories (organize sentences into a logical story), memorization of simple sentences and of a story, work on some vocabulary, work on how to ask questions.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: we play “two truths, one lie”
  2. “téléphone arabe” (“Broken Telephone”?) : I say a word to a student (related to mystery or ghost stories) and the student has to tell the student next by him another word (but which belongs to the same lexical field), and so on. The last student has to say his word out loud. We work on the listening comprehension.
  3. Ghost story : I tell them the beginning of a mystery story then, the student next to me has to continue the story, etc.
  4. Alibi game : you can find the rules here http://eslgames.com/alibi/ 

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

Only pieces of draft paper to write the alibis and the warm-up

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

My students are very talkative and I was surprised they played every games with much enthusiasm. The Ghost story worked very well because they allowed themselves to take the time to answer and we had a lot of fun. The alibi game worked well too: at the end, students tried “trickier” questions to to trap the students who had to answer the questions.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Maybe the “two truths, one lie” was too much, and we should have taken more time in the Broken telephone activity which was more challenging for the students.

 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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