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JP S20 ADV Gadgets

Language Resident Name: Miki Saigo

Day and Date: April 21, 2020

Language and Level: Advanced Japanese

Class theme/topics discussed:

  • Handy gadgets from Japanese dollar stores

Goal of the class:

  • Describe how to use something

How did you structure the class?

  • Warm-up: Greetings
    – Ask what students did in the weekend. Ask what they think about the P/I grading policy in Pomona.
  • Activity I: Guess how to use these gadgets
    I show pictures of handy/funny/cute gadgets from dollar stores in Japan (e.g. kitchen tools, cleaning tools, stationeries). I ask students to guess what they are for/how to use them. We watch video clips that show how to use them afterwards. I ask students if they would buy any of the gadgets we saw.
  • Activity II: Discussion
    I ask students if they know any handy gadgets from daily life. (e.g. smartphone stand, cheese grater, tiny stapler)
  • Activity III: Advertisement
    We watch a video clip from a tv shopping channel to observe how people advertise a product (with great energy!):
    https://youtu.be/KBrWprkHt6o (first 30 seconds)
    I ask students what they noticed (“They speak energetically and without pause,” “They use many onomatopoeias”). We pick one of the gadgets from Activity I and try to make sentences to advertise it like a shopping channel.

What technology, media or props did you use?

  • Google Slides
  • Youtube videos
  • Pictures from the internet

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

  • Students seemed to have had fun seeing the funny gadgets.
  • Activity III could be developed more if it’s done in a physical classroom.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

  • If I do this class in person, I would develop Activity III more: I would bring a gadget to class and have students explain how to use it and advertise it like a commercial. (I found it awkward to do it when you don’t actually have the item in your hands.)
  • It would be smoother if you ask students to bring/think about a gadget for Activity II before class.

Material: Google Slides:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Qpt32B8ED56OAuu5QjO1Q80MfTDv0OJ4m7OTdVUhk4Y/edit?usp=sharing

JP S20 ADV Fashion

Language Resident Name: Miki Saigo

Day and Date: January 28, 2019

Language and Level: Advanced Japanese

Class theme/topics discussed:

  • Fashion

Goal of the class:

  • Discuss preferences and opinions on fashion

How did you structure the class?

  • Greetings and announcements
    – Study Break: Calligraphy Feb. 6th
    – Oldenborg Open House Feb. 13th
  • Activity I: Whose outfit?
    I show students pictures of various outfits. In groups of three, students discuss who/what kind of person would wear them to where and if students themselves would try wearing these outfits. After they discuss in groups, they discuss with the whole class.
  • Activity II: Discussions on fashion
    In groups of three, students discuss the following questions:
    1. What type of outfit do 5C students wear?
    2. What would you wear when you go to:
        – a family gathering for Christmas
        – a friend’s wedding
        – a job interview
    3. Do you take time to pick clothes in the morning? What do you do when you can’t decide?
    4. Do you stick to certain brands? Do you like fast fashion?
    5. Imagine you traveled to a somewhere far away… and you find people there wear completely different from you (e.g. everybody is wearing ルーズソックス!). What would you do?
  • Activity III: Idol group audition
    I mention how idols/groups wear unique fashion and do various types of activities on media (e.g. singing, dancing, cooking, comedy, acting, harvesting…). I divide the students into groups and tell each group to imagine they are going on an audition as an idol group. Using a worksheet, students first ask each other their hobbies, skills and things they want to try in the future. Students list up the keywords and then discuss what they can do as an idol group using their talents. They also decide their group name, goals and theme fashion (draw what they are going to wear on media).
    When they are done, they present their idea to the whole class.

What technology, media or props did you use?

  • PowerPoint slides
  • Pictures from the internet (for the picture cards)
  • Worksheet

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

  • Activity I was visually entertaining. It is open-ended and made students talk, too.
  • Students had fun in Activity III. They were creative and talked spontaneously to share their ideas. It was nice to have them draw their costumes.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

  • I would add a discussion on trend fashion next time. (e.g. What kind of fashion item is popular now/went popular in the past?)

Materials (Download the files for better view):

ES S20 INT/ADV Music

Language Resident Name: Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez

Class theme/topic discussed: Music taste and music genres

Goal of the class 

  • To work on music related vocabulary
  • Learn about music culture in Spanish speaking countries

Class’ structure

  • Warm-up: Introductory questions about music taste and word cloud on music instruments. 
  • Input: Small presentation on Cueca. It includes instruments usually used to play that music, exponents and dance (how is it and how the costumes look like).
  • Activity 1: Students choose between different Spanish speaking countries music styles. They have to make a small a presentation and include the same information as in the presentation the teacher gave (cumbia, ranchera, flamenco, rumba, timba, tango, salsa, merengue) 
  • Activity 2: Students describe a picture in which writing and music is related and discuss whether music should also be considered poetry. Students receive fragments of different reggaeton songs and poems and have to distinguish which are which. They listen to all of them, read as if they were poems and share their results
  • Activity 3: Each group of students works with one of the fragments which corresponded to reggaeton songs and have to invent a new fragment. We listen to the songs and I pause them right before their fragment comes, so that they sing it. 
  • Extra Activity 1: Discussing the content of some reggaeton songs and their cultural significance: Yo perreo sola – Bad Bunny
  • Extra activity 2: I play different songs linked with the styles they talked about in their presentations. Students have to guess the music genre. 

Resources used

  • Youtube: 
  • PPT

Reflection: What worked/did not work? How can it be improved?

  • Students enjoyed the discussions at the very beginning, but doing the zoom presentation was a bit hard. When talking about online classes, it’s better to avoid those “group research projects” because some students may just be on their phones or have a harder time doing group research.
  • As an extra activity we created a playlist in Spotify and I’ve heard students commenting on the songs, which is fun and engaging for them.

Annex

CN S20 INT Gift-giving(Zoom Class)

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: Wednesday, April 8th,2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Gift-giving culture in China

Goal of the class: 

  • To introduce the gift-giving culture to students.

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: When you visit your friends, will you bring something to your friends or not? What will you usually bring?

Activity 1: Use break-out room to divide the class into pairs and make students talk in pairs according to the first page of PowerPoint. Student were told to download PowerPoint from Sakai in advance.

Activity 2: What gifts do Chinese bring with them when visiting friends? Please say out those items according to PowerPoint. Make comparisons between China’s gift-giving culture and America’s.

Activity 3:Take a look at the following pictures (Page 10 on the PowerPoint)and guess why these items are listed into taboo. Is there any taboo gifts which means bad luck when Americans give each other gifts.

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Zoom

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

 This topic worked very well .Comparison is a good way to better introduce Chinese culture to students. In this way, students could make easier connection between China’s and American culture. We can always find some similarities between them.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

We spent too much time in talking about “normal” gifts in China. Therefore, we didn’t have time to talk about gifts taboo and we have to move this part to next class. I should control time appropriately.

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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ES S20 ADV Street Art

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente 

Day and Date: 26th February

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Street Art

Goal of the class: 

  • To be able to describe a painting and express own feelings
  • To exchange information about street art

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students see some graffiti images and have to decide whether they are art or not. What is considered art and what is considered vandalism?
  • Activity 1: Students complete a quiz about graffiti vocabulary in order to learn more words of street art (https://quizlet.com/140617233/vocabulario-graffiti-flash-cards/).
  • Activity 2: Students review a handout with expressions used to describe pictures. In pairs, one student will solve a puzzle of a painting and the other student will describe the painting.
  • Activity 3: Students discuss different controversial questions related to street art.
  • Extra final activity: Students see a picture of a graffiti and comment on the author (Banksy, an anonymous street artist). Students see the video of a polemical auction in which one of Banksy’s pieces of art is sold and auto destroyed.  

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

  • YouTube
  • Quiz with graffiti vocabulary
  • Puzzles
  • Discussion questions about street art

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

  • Students shared very interesting opinions about street art and they were specially engaged during the puzzle solving activity. 

How could this class be improved/modified?

  • This class served as introduction for the conversation project about street art, allowing students to discuss basic issues revolving around the topic and to learn basic street art vocabulary, so I would not modify it for this specific purpose. 
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ES S20 ADV Advertisements

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

  • Credit: José Gómez 

Day and Date: 20th February

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Advertisements

Goal of the class: 

  • To understand cultural differences through advertisements 

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students answer some questions about publicity (e.g. Which was your favorite advertisement of the Super Bowl? Where is publicity more effective?) 
  • Activity 1: Students watch a controversial US commercial and comment on it. They will then compare it with Spanish commercials. 
  • Activity 2: Students get a handout with different slogans and they have to guess which product the slogans are selling. Then they watch the real advertisements.
  • Activity 3: Students speak about the importance of adapting the different advertisements according to the target culture. In small groups, they analyze the existing differences in the same Coca-Cola spot for Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Peru. 
  • Extra final activity: Debating the advantages and disadvantages of personalized advertisements. 
  • Extra final activity (2)Speaking about subliminal publicity. Testing students by placing blue pictures of idioms with eyes over Oldenborg and asking them to choose a part of the body and a color to see if these subliminal posters had some effect on their choice. 

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • YouTube 
  • Handout with slogans 
  • Posters for the subliminal publicity activity

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

The whole class worked very well. They talked a lot and were engaged all in the activities. They specially liked the last activity of the subliminal test, since they were not able to notice the signs around them and were very surprised. 

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ES S20 INT The Bar (Virus)

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. 
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ES S20 INT Sport (2)

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

  • Credit: Ivan Lucic

Day and Date: 4th March

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Sports (2)

Goal of the class: 

  • To learn about cultural facts related to sports
  • To exchange information about famous athletes 
  • To simulate a sports interview and record it for the conversation project 

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students create a list with the sports that they believe are the most famous in the United States. They do the same with Spanish sports. Then they see the real rankings. 
  • Activity 1: Each student receives a sport and students have to look for the best athlete of that sport. They will have to fill in a table with concrete data (e.g. trophies, salary, funny facts about childhood, etc.). Then they share their person with a classmate and discuss some extra questions (e.g. which sport is more difficult or which one deserves a better salary). 
  • Activity 2: Role-play. Students act as sport journalists and athletes. They answer a set of questions as if they were the famous person about whom they made some research. 
  • Extra final activity: Speaking about unsportsmanlike actions and reading about some of the most polemical cases. Agreeing on the suitable punishments for each of those actions. 

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Handout with table and interview questions
  • YouTube

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

  • The interview worked well and some of them were really creative with their responses. They also did a very well job while researching about famous athletes.  

How could this class be improved/ modified?

  • The research part was individual and took quite long, so it would be better to look for fewer questions so that they can focus more on the speaking part without spending too much time working individually. 
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ES F19 INT Shopping

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

Day and Date: 2nd December

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Shopping

Goal of the class: 

  • To exchange information about shopping preferences
  • To learn how to bargain in flea markets
  • To find the best present for an assigned student

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students answer some questions about shopping: how often they shop, what is the best / most useless thing they have ever bought, etc. 
  • Activity 1: Brainstorming about the different possibilities of shopping and sharing preferences about where to shop. This will lead to the introduction of special shopping places such as flea markets. Students watch a video of the most famous flea market of Spain and answer some comprehension questions (what can be bought there, when it takes place, etc.). 
  • Activity 2: One of the main things that happens when buying at this flea market is bargaining. Therefore, students practice bargaining with other students to get the best prices for different products. Then they share different advices and techniques for bargaining. 
  • Activity 3: In pairs, students have to “go to this flea market” and find the best present for other randomly assigned students in the class. They will have to agree on what the best presents are according to their personalities.  
  • Extra final activity: Discussing extra topics about shopping preferences (local vs. shopping malls, second hand vs. new, branded clothing, etc.) 
  • Extra final activity (2)What would you buy if you won the lottery? Sharing ideas. Explaining how the Christmas lottery works in Spain, since it is a very important event. 

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

  • YouTube 
  • PowerPoint Presentation

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

  • They were really into the bargaining part, so the role-play worked pretty well. 
  • Some of the questions of the warm-up were not suitable for all students because they did not go shopping that often, but they were still able to share their ideas and preferences, which was one of the goals of the lesson. 
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ES F19 INT Food

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

Day and Date: 30th September

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Food 

Goal of the class: 

  • To learn vocabulary about food
  • To exchange information about favorite dishes 
  • To invent their own creative dish

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students see different pictures of food and try to guess which one is Spanish. 
  • Activity 1: I tell them that my favorite dish is the Spanish omelet and I explain them how to do it. Meanwhile students complete a worksheet about how to do a Spanish omelet. 
  • Activity 2: Students think of their favorite food and explain the recipe to another classmate. 
  • Activity 3: In groups students will become chefs and have to think of a super creative recipe. They receive three main ingredients that their dish must contain (they will be weird combinations) and they have to invent a name for the dish and a recipe.
  • Activity 4: Presentation of the dishes in front of the class and results from the jury. 
  • Extra final activity: Showing them weird foods or strange food combinations that people eat and discussing whether they would try them or not.   
  • Extra activity (2): Telling them a personal story about a cooking disaster. 

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Handout about Spanish omelet 
  • Cue cards with ingredients for the task

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

  • They seemed to have fun while inventing their own recipe and they showed lots of interest during the warm-up activity discovering new Spanish dishes. They were also shocked by my cooking disaster; they really like these kinds of personal stories. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

  • The comprehension activity while I was providing them with some input was a bit confusing because there were two tasks in the same activity. It would have been better to simply put the statements in order and leave the part of matching statements with pictures only for fast-finishers. 
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ES F19 ADV Cinema

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

Day and Date: 12th November 

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Cinema

Goal of the class: 

  • To exchange information about cinema
  • To acquire cultural knowledge about Spanish cinema festivals and awards 

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students answer some questions about personal preferences regarding cinema and films. 
  • Activity 2: Students see the flyers of different films that have received Spanish awards and match them with the corresponding genres and synopsis.
  • Activity 3: Students become part of the jury of the awards. After seeing part of the trailers of those films, they have to vote for the best film, best music and best animation (sharing their personal preferences and professional aspects that they can notice). 
  • Extra final activity: Students become directors and potential leading actors and actresses. That is, each “director” interviews different potential actors in order to hire the most suitable one for a specific genre that will be randomly assigned. The directors will make questions that are important for them in order to hire an actor suitable for that film genre and the actors invent a personality that would be suitable for that genre as well. Once the interactions finish, the directors share the names of the hired actors and actresses and see if the assigned genres matched or not. 
  • Extra final activity (2)Once directors and actors are paired, they decide the main plot of their new movie. 

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation 
  • Handout with film synopsis and warm-up questions
  • YouTube 

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

  • The selection of movies was appropriate, since they really enjoyed watching the trailers. 
  • They did the extra questions and they were very fast and creative inventing new plots for the movies. 
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ES F19 ADV Halloween

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

Day and Date: 31st October

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Halloween

Goal of the class: 

  • To know more about how Halloween is celebrated in Spanish regions
  • To invent their own scary story 

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students are asked about how they celebrate Halloween to find out different possibilities. Students do a Kahoot quiz to prove how much they know about the origin of Halloween. 
  • Activity 1: I explain how Halloween is celebrated in Spain and, more specifically, how it is celebrated in my city, where one of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer legends takes place. They do some comprehension activities about the legend. 
  • Activity 2: Students invent their own legend with the help of the story cubes. 
  • Activity 3: Students share their stories with the rest of the class and ask one or two questions to make sure that they understood it and that they were paying attention. 
  • Extra final activity: Speaking about Halloween customs, about the ones they liked the most so far and the one they will be wearing this year. 

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Kahoot
  • YouTube
  • Story Cubes

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

  • They created very original stories and they were really into it. 
  • The Kahoot quiz worked pretty well. 
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ES F19 ADV Regional Festivities

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

Day and Date: 10th September 

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Regional festivities (1) 

Goal of the class: 

  • To know about the different festivities that take place in different parts of Spain. 
  • To invent their own festivity. 

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students brainstorm about Spanish festivities that they have heard about. Afterwards, they see a map of Spain with stereotypical features of the different regions to appreciate how the stereotypes change in the different cities. They match some of the Spanish regions with sentences that describe those stereotypes. 
  • Activity 1: Students see some of the typical festivities that take place in some parts of Spain. It will serve as example for the following activity. 
  • Activity 2: Students receive a handout with a table about different elements that are needed to describe a festivity (when, where, what, why, etc.) and one card describing the main element of the festivity (e. g. tomatoes). They invent their own festivity filling the table.
  • Activity 3: They share their festivity with the rest of the class and see how the real festivity is (in this case, la tomatina), being able to compare it with their invented ones. 
  • Extra final activityStudents walk around talking to each other about their favorite festivity in the US.

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Handout 
  • YouTube 

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

  • They really enjoyed watching some videos of the festivities, since some of them were really unique. They also participated very actively while inventing their own festivity. 
  • The invention of the new festivity took less time than I thought, so we had enough time to do the extra activity and they were able to talk about their favorite American festivities. Some of them insisted that there were no such festivities in the US, but still they had nice conversations with each other. 
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JP F19 ADV Facial Expressions, Gestures & Emojis

Language Resident Name: Miki Saigo

Day and Date: December 3, 2019

Language and Level: Advanced Japanese

Class theme/topics discussed:
Face expressions, gestures and emojis

Goal of the class:

  • Talk about emotions and certain situations to use gestures/emojis
  • Learn cultural differences about gestures and facial expressions

How did you structure the class?

  • Warm-up: Greetings and announcements
    – Cultural events
    – Lunch Table attendances
  • Activity I: Emojis
    I give students Handout of emojis and briefly explain what “emojis” are. In pairs, I ask students to discuss (i) what kind of emotions/meanings the emojis represent, and (ii) in what kind of context people would use the emojis in a message. After a while, I ask the questions to the whole class and discuss together. If needed, I explain cultural backgrounds of some of the emojis. I also ask if there are other emojis that students often use.
  • Activity II: Gestures
    I show a list of words/situations on the screen (“to call,” “thank you,” “when you meet your friends” etc.) and ask students to think of gestures they might use in the situations. Students work in pairs, and when they are done, I ask them to act out each gesture. We talk about cultural differences found in the gestures.
  • Activity III: Discussions
    In pairs, students discuss the following questions:
    1. Are there other gestures you use/ have seen? (To give examples at first, I mention a couple gestures that I have seen in American TV shows.)
    2. When you travel abroad and you don’t know the local language, what do you do? (It could be gestures or other ways to communicate.) For example, when you’re at a store or in a taxi?

What technology, media or props did you use?

  • Handout with pictures
  • PowerPoint slides

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

We had lively and interesting discussions throughout the class. Students enjoyed talking about emojis more than I had expected. I think it was a good topic for our generation. The first few emojis in Handout were meant to be basic expressions (e.g. smile, laugh, cry etc.), but they developed way more than that and had a huge discussion (e.g. “It is a fake smile you make when you don’t like something,” “You don’t use this crying face when you are actually sad,” “It could be happy tears”). Moreover, students in this class had culturally diverse backgrounds, so it was interesting to compare the cultural differences in gestures (e.g. how to count with your fingers in China).

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I was going to do another activity (storytelling by using emojis), but students spent a long time discussing emojis (which is fine because they enjoyed and talked a lot). Depending on the audience, however, I would use another activity to adjust the time.

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JP F19 ADV Onomatopoeias & Slang

Language Resident Name: Miki Saigo

Day and Date: September 24, 2019

Language and Level: Advanced Japanese

Class theme/topics discussed:
Onomatopoeias and Slang

Goal of the class:
Learn casual vocabulary and phrases

How did you structure the class?

  • Warm-up: Greeting and announcements
    – Ghibli Movie Night on Sep. 26
  • Activity I: Match the onomatopoeias (= sound-based words)
    I ask students to make groups of two or three and give each group a table of onomatopoeias and picture cards. I ask them to place each picture on a corresponding onomatopoeia. When all groups are done, I tell them the correct answers and explain when to use the words.
    I introduce other common onomatopoeias and ask students if they know even more.
  • Activity II: Guess what these slang words mean
    I give a handout that lists slang words and ask students to choose the closest synonym from the options. Students work in pairs, and when they are done, I tell them the correct answers and explain when to use the words.
  • Activity III: Names
    As the newly-invented slang term “kira kira name” (millennium kids’ untraditional names) was mentioned in Activity II, I give a few examples of kira kira names (I first show students the Chinese characters and have them guess how to read them).
    Next, I ask students to make groups of three and talk about their name origins.

What technology, media or props did you use?

  • PowerPoint slides
  • Drawings from the internet
  • Picture cards
  • Web articles

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Students talked a lot in Activity I. I thought the vocab was too easy for advanced students but they were not familiar with all of them, which led them to discuss with their group members.

How could this class be improved/ modified?
I think this class went well and the amount of content was good for a one-hour class.

Note:
I told students to avoid using slang words to professors and in writing; I made it clear that I talked about slang in this lesson because they might hear/see it sometimes in Japanese media but they are not supposed to use it in formal contexts.

Picture cards (Activity I):

Handout (Activity II):

Slides:

Sep.24_AdvJP_Slides

RU F19 ADV: Poetry and Translation

Language Resident Name:

MARIA GLUKHOVA

Day and Date:

Tuesday, 10/08/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Russian, Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Poetry and translation

Goal of the class:

To work on translation skills and to perform poetry.

How did you structure the class?

0. Greetings, announcements, general questions.

Activity 1: Discussion. What is more important in the translation of poetry: to keep the form (rhythm, the literal meaning of every word, etc.) or the ideas and images beneath the text?

Activity 2: Students receive a poem by Wallace Stevens “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” in English. They should read it first and then we talk about ideas, technics, images, etc. that are present in the text. Then students work in pairs: their task is to translate 2-3 stanzas from English into the Russian language, keeping in mind the style of each stanza. Once everyone is ready, they should read what they have come up with, one by one. We edit the translation together and then read out loud one more time.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45236/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-a-blackbird

Activity 3: Students have to write their own stanza for a collective poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a [Human]”.

Conclusion and a follow-up discussion.

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

A whiteboard, handouts

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

The class worked out great! Students were very creative and poetic J

How could this class be improved/ modified? I would leave it as it is.

JP F19 INT Folk Tales & Superstitions

Language Resident Name: Miki Saigo

Day and Date: September 11, 2019

Language and Level: Intermediate Japanese

Class theme/topics discussed:

Folk tales and superstitions/customs in Japan

Goal of the class:

  • Become familiar with Japanese folk tales, superstitions and customs

How did you structure the class?

  • Warm-up: Greeting and announcements
    – Thomas Mann House Tour & Screening, Sep. 21st
    – Language Partners
    – Tell unregistered students to register
  • Activity I: Japanese folk tale ‘Urashima Taro’
    In this activity, I use a 3.5-minute YouTube video that narrates a Japanese folk tale called ‘Urashima Taro’ along with visual images:

Before we watch the video, I read the vocabulary list in Handout and explain what they are, using the drawings beside the list. Then, we watch the first three minutes of the video until I stop for comprehension check. I ask students to complete the Plot in Handout. After we summarize the story together, I ask what they think is going to happen next and what would they do if they were in the same situation.
Finally, we watch the rest of the video and discuss what the lesson of the story is.

  • Activity II: Superstitions in Japan
    Students make groups of three and I give each group a set of cards (See the attached file). Each card describes a famous superstition in Japan with a picture. Students have to guess if the superstitions on the cards are something they should or should not do in terms of good fortune/manner. After they separate the cards into do’s and don’ts, I give them the correct answers and explain.
    I also ask students if they have superstitions in their cultures.
  • Activity III: Cultural shocks
    I start with some examples of cultural shocks I have encountered since I arrived in the US (e.g. skateboard and scooters). Considering that not all students have traveled abroad a lot, I also add that different customs can be found in your neighbors, giving an example of my friend with weird habits. I ask students to discuss in groups and share some of the most interesting ones with the class.

What technology, media or props did you use?

  • PowerPoint
  • YouTube video
  • Handout
  • Picture cards

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

  • I told students to look up or ask me if they could not understand the words on the cards in Activity II: Superstitions, but in fact, they could figure out from the pictures. Having visual support worked well.
  • Students voluntarily mentioned many superstitions and cultural differences they know.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

  • I think this class went really well.

Picture cards:

Slides:

Sep.11_IntmJP_Slides

CN F19 INT/ADV China Double 11(Single’s day)

Language Resident Name: Ruirui Zhang

Day and Date: 11th November, Monday/12th November,Tuesday

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Intermediate/Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: China Double 11(Single’s day)

Goal of the class:

  • To know about China Double 11 or Singles Day.
  • To learn some vocabulary related to singles day and online shopping.
  • To improve the oral level by interview and debate.

How did you structure the class?

  • Warm up:  The teacher will start the lesson by asking questions showing in the presentation:

1.China Double 11 is also called __________.

2.In Chinese, single could be called single_______.(Dog, cat or duck?)

Singles day or Guanggun Jie (Chinese: 光棍节) is a shopping holiday popular among young Chinese people[1] that celebrate their pride in being single. The date, November 11 (11/11), was chosen because the number “1” resembles an individual who is alone. The holiday has also become the largest offline and online shopping day in the world, 

  • Provide input:

Show students the vocabulary related to online shopping and singles day by presentation, like discount , online shopping and very new online new words such as “single dog” “sprinkle dog food”;

  • Activity 1:    Interview in pairs and know about your partner’s opinion about being single and shopping habits. (Please see the following attached handout. )

Then the teacher will briefly go through the questions with students and let everyone share their opinion. Meanwhile, compare Double 11 with Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help students understand Double 11 better.

              Activity 2 : Debate : which one is better, being single or making boyfriend/girlfriend?

              The class is divided into two groups. One goes for being single. The other support that to have a

              boyfriend or girlfriend is better than being single.

              Students from two groups take turns to debate until one group couldn’t have reasons to

              contradict.(This activity is for advanced class)

Close lesson: The teacher will close the lesson by  showing students a song called <<Dan shen qing ge>>(The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEvJqxJs8pw)

  •  

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

  • Handout & Presentation

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

Students love this topic. They were happy to know about some online new words. And they were engaged well in the debate. The debate made students be more active to talk.

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.

Interview handout:

 1.你的大多数朋友都是单身吗?

2.你觉得怎么可以脱单?

3.你喜欢网购吗?你网购时,一般会买什么?

4.你觉得购物会让你变开心吗?

   你不开心时,会购物吗?

   如果你不开心,你会做什么让自己开心?

 5. 你在“黑色星期五(Black Friday)”会剁手吗?

双十一光棍节pdf

FR F19 INT Hobbies & clubs

Goal of the class:

Review vocabulary about hobbies, talk about what they like doing + frequency, using the Turf dinner that had just happened. 

Structure:

Input 

To introduce vocabulary related to hobbies, I told the students a story about my hobbies throughout my life, using slides to illustrate what I was saying.

Activity 1

  • Survey: what do you do in your free time? What kind of activities? Each student has a short survey and must interview another student to fill it in. For the advanced class, I asked them not to tell what their hobby was and their partner had to guess based on their answers. 
  • Each student then briefly presents their partner’s hobby to the rest of the class.

Activity 2

  • Students who have very different kinds of hobbies are paired up. Together, they must create a club that they would present to the Turf dinner. The club must be a mix of their  two hobbies plus another element that I randomly gave them (tea, pets, knitting…). They need to fill in a chart with information about the club and prepare a presentation for the Turf dinner. 
  • Fake Turf dinner: in turn, each pair presents their club to the rest of the class. The other students must find, in pairs, at least one question to ask to each group (asking for more details, for clarifications etc)

Resources used: 

  • Powerpoint presentation
  • Table for the survey/for the creation of the club
Lesson-plan-Hobbies

FR F19 INT Traveling – Surprise trip

Goal of the class: Practicing vocabulary related to traveling, discovering different French-speaking places. 

Structure:

Warm up (5-10mn)

Do you like traveling? What does traveling mean to you? What are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling? Do you think traveling is a form of education? What places have you been to? Would you like to travel on your own? 

Input (3mn)

Story about my trip a year ago to Montreal, mentioning the different means of transport I used, the different kinds of activities I did there etc. 

Activity 1 – What type of traveler are you? (10mn)

Tell the students, in pairs, that they have received a free trip but they can’t choose where they will go. The only thing they can do to get a trip they would actually enjoy is fill in a chart explaining what type of traveler they are. They have to choose and rank the 5 things they most like 

Activity 2 – organizing the trip (10-15mn)

Organize a surprise trip for another pair of students using their preferences. Each pair of students receives another pair’s list of travelling preferences. They then have to organize a surprise trip, by first choosing a destination (4 destinations are proposed on a handout with the main activities you can do there but they can also choose another French-speaking destination and look up for information online) and then deciding on different aspects of the trip: length of the trip, means of transport, housing, activities organized there… 

When they’re done, students pick 10 items out of a list that they would pack for this trip. They can add things if they want to. 

Activity 3 – Presenting the trip/receiving the gift (5-10mn)

Each group present the trip they organized to the rest of the class. The group who receives the surprise trip has to react using expressions proposed on a powerpoint.

Post-activity – traveling habits

Show a chart that presents different ways of travelling and discuss.

Lesson-plan-Surprise-Trip

Voyage-surprise

ES SP19 ADV: Mini Debates

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Thursday, February 7th 
  • Language and Level: Spanish Conversation Advanced
  • Class theme/topics discussed:

Mini debates

  • Goal of the class:

To have mini debates

  • How did you structure the class?  
  • Class is divided in three groups, one consisting of two persons (the jury) and two big groups of four persons each. One topic is given, and both groups are playing against each other, whether it is for the statement or against it. Students present their arguments in 5 minutes and then the jury decides. Another statement is given to the students, this time a little more serious. Statements go from “Birkenstocks and socks are a good look” to more serious ones. 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
  • What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The Activity worked out very well. Students were eager to debate even about “dumb” topics. It also gave an opportunity to discuss serious issues within American society. The format was really appreciated by students too.

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked very well. 

CN S19 ADV A Chinese Song 同一首歌

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

JING XU

Day and Date:

03/12&13/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Chinese, intermediate and Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Learn the song <the same song>(tongyishouge)

Goal of the class:

To Practice their oral Chinese skills. Practice Chinese listening skills. Learn about new vocabulary and learn to sing this Chinese song.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Play song, let them practice listening, write the lyrics they hear and fill it in the blanks in pinyin or Chinese characters.
  2. Help students correct mistakes, tell them the meaning of the new vocabulary.
  3. Teach them to sing the song. And put culture inputs such as how to pronounce and in a song.

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

PowerPoint, useful Chinese website:

 PowerPoint, YouTube

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

Students really enjoyed the class, practiced their listening skills. Learned new words and how to sing a Chinese song, everyone was involved and had fun.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

No

 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.

《同一首歌》

  1. 鮮花曾(   ) (   ) (   ), 你(   )(   )走過。

大地(   )(   )你心中的(    )(     )(     )(     )(     ),

(     )(     )的夢啊,誰(     )(     )(      )(    )(     )。

 (     )(     )迎來(     )(     )這歡聚時刻。

  • 水千條山萬座(    )(    )(     )(     )(     )。

每一次(     )(    )和(     )(      )都彼此銘刻,

在(     )(     )燦爛歡樂的日子裡。

(     )(      )(     )(     )(    )啊,想(    )的(     )(     )。

3. 星光灑滿了所有的(     )(      ),(      )(      )走遍了(     )(     )的(     )(     )。

   同樣的(    )(     )給了(     )(     )同樣的(      )(     ),

   同樣的(     )(     )給了(     )(     )同一首歌。

4. (    )(    )想滲透所有的(     )(    ),

   (     )(     )把友好的(     )(     )傳說。

  同樣的(    )(     )給了(     )(     )同樣的(      )(     ),

   同樣的(     )(     )給了(     )(     )同一首歌

ES SP19 ADV: Latinoamérica – Calle 13

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Tuesday, January 29th
  • Language and Level: Spanish Conversation Advanced

  • Class theme/topics discussed: Latin American history, Latin American music
  • Goal of the class:

To promote talking through small talk

To get to know about Latin-America through music

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Ice Breaker: In pairs, students talk about the question “With what historical figure would you have dinner with?”, so they can practice conversation. We follow up by sharing their answers and working on questions regarding vocabulary or grammar. This is to activate their Spanish conversation abilities before moving forward.
  • Activity 1: We listen to the song “Latinoamérica” by Puerto Rican duo Calle 13. Students pay attention to the lyrics and topics in the song. Students get the lyrics with highlited topics.
  • Activity 2: In pairs, students are assigned one theme tackled in the song Latinoamérica alongside a set of questions related to the topic. They are related to the life, history and culture of the subcontinent. They are asked to research on the topic and present it to the rest of the class. (Refer to the appendix to see the topics). 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Latinoamérica – Calle 13
  • What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The class worked out very well. Particularly in advanced, students are really eager to talk to each other, so the first activity worked out quite well. The second activity worked out well too, but this activity requires more than one class.

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked well. Maybe it is important to consider two classes to work on this instead of one.

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