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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. 
Handout_Cinema

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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.

Handout & Slide (Activity I):

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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

CN Fall19 Study Break Flyer(中秋节)

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)

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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

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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.

ES S19 Cultural Event “Volver”

RU SP19 INT Writing Cards

Language Resident Name: Mykyta Tyshchenko

Day and Date: Wednesday, 04.17.2019

Language and Level: Russian, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Greetings and congratulations

Goal of the class: Teach the grammar and the vocabulary for making greetings and writing wishes in Russian

How did you structure the class?

1. Greetings, general questions, announcements. – 5 min

2. Getting ready to write a card: Students are divided into two groups. First group makes a list of occasions for writing a card, second group makes a list of things to wish. They write on the white boards. – 15 min

3. Revising cases. The LR explains how to form a proper greetings card in Russian. Students revise the cases. – 10 min

4. Writing cards. – 30 min

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

handouts with card templates and examples

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

Overall, it was a good class. We revised the grammar, especially the cases, and learned a lot of new vocabulary. What I like the most in this class is that the students do the majority of the work themselves, the LR just needs to be there to check if the things are correct. At the end, every students had cards written in Russian for occasions like graduation, someone’s birthday etc. Plus, I was able to show the students the cards I had from home and explain the culture of writing wishes.

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.

ES S19 Study Break – Arroz con leche y plátanos fritos

FR S19 – Out of Campus Activity – Concert Coeur de Pirate

JP S19 Off Campus Cultural Activity

FR S19 INT – CINEMA – PART II

Intermediate Conversation Class Lesson Summary week 2

Language Resident Name: Eloise Raoul

Day and Date:  01/31/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Introduction to French cinema Part II: Series

Goal of the class: To help students be familiar with the vocabulary of the cinema in France and the culture related to it.

How did you structure the class?

1) 10 minutes – warm up – By groups of two they answer questions about French tv shows. (see ppt.)

2) 20 minutes – The creation of their own tv show. With the help of documents giving them assigned themes and genres they have to create by groups of 3 or 4 their own plot and tv show.

3) 15 minutes – presentations: They present to the whole group what is their TV show about. They can vote for their favorite one and explain why.

4) 15 minutes – We review genres of TV shows.Then by small groups they have to match the TV show pictures with its synopsis as fast as they can. To finish we discuss French tv shows, the ones they like, the ones they would like to watch etc. 

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

-Powerpoint presentation with pictures  

-Paper they have to fill to create their tv show

-Paper with the tv shows pictures

-Paper with the different synopsis

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

-They really enjoyed the “Create your own tv show” activity.

RU SP19 ADV Music

Language Resident Name: Mykyta Tyshchenko

Day and Date: Tuesday, 02.05.2019

Language and Level: Russian, Advanced

Goal of the class: Revise basic music vocabulary; introduce students to popular Russian songs

How did you structure the class?

1. Greetings, announcements, general questions. – 5 min

2. Presentation: LR gives a short presentation on the names of genres in Russian. Students make the list of the genres and each add at least 2 more. – 5 min

3. Interviews: Students interview each other. (handout 1) – 15 min

4. What is this song about? The LR shows the students a music video but turns the sound off. Given the name and the video, students have to discuss and guess what the song will be about. – 10 min

5. Continue working with the song: After the discussion, students are given the lyrics of the song, but all in incorrect order. Their task is to try put the lyrics in correct order. After the students present their sequences, we listen to the song. (handout 2) – 10 min

6. Is that video accurate? Watching the same video, the students have to write lyrics of the song according to what is going on the screen. Students have 10 minutes for writing and then 5 minutes to present. – 15 min

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj2K424HxCZTLWuw-PLBGNA

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

Listening activity turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. I recommend this class for the beginning of the semester because it is easy vocabulary but still enough speaking.

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 1.

Словарь:

Альбом –

Живая музыка –

Певец/певица –

Звезда (pl. звёзды) –

Песня –

Исполнитель –

Группа –

Выступление –

Выступать –

Концерт/фестиваль –

         
Тебе нравится слушать музыку? Какую роль в твоей жизни играет музыка?        
Какие жанры тебе нравятся? Какие не нравятся?        
Ты смотришь музыкальные клипы? Как ты думаешь, музыкальные клипы важны для исполнителей?        
Тебе нравится слушать живую музыку? Ты ходишь на концерты или фестивали? Расскажи.        
Если бы твоя жизнь была фильмом, какая музыка была бы саундтреком?        

Handout 2.

IOWA – Заболела тобой

Лето было пепельно-золотым,
Чувства были сильно помяты.
Нет, не боялась я темноты,
Я была сама виновата…

Что не умела вязать узлы;
В том, что промолчала когда-то.
Только, как лечить эту пустоту?
Знаю, я сама виновата:

Я заболела, я заболела, я заболела тобой.
Я заболела, я заболела, я заболела тобой.

В моих руках жёлтые цветы,
Глаза слезятся от ветра.
Мы не заварим чая в ледяной воде –
Мы две стороны одной монеты.

Айсбергом ты на моём пути.
Остаться, уйти? – Не понятно.
Но как же лечить эту пустоту:
Знаю, я сама виновата…

Я заболела, я заболела, я заболела тобой.
Я заболела, я заболела, я заболела тобой.

Лето было пепельно-золотым
И уже катилось к закату.
Отцвели давно наши сады,
Осень во всём виновата

Я не успела, я не успела понять,
Как заболела тобой
Я не успела, в этом всё дело,
Я заболела тобой…

Я заболела, я заболела, я заболела тобой.
Я заболела, я заболела, я заболела тобой.

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.

JP S19 ADV Japanese New Year Traditions

Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo

Day and Date: Tuesday, February 5th

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

Class theme/topics discussed: New Year Traditions 

Goal of the class: To be able to explain their new year traditions and to learn Japanese new year traditions to details. 

How did you structure the class?

Activity1 (5 min): Warm-up

We talk about the game we’ll be having during the Open House next week and discuss what words are interesting sounds for Americans. We decide 5 words that visitors to our lounge has to guess what that it. 

Activity2 (10 min): New Year Tradition

I group students by cultures they’re familiar with. In the group, students talk about what they do as new year’s tradition in their culture. How do they celebrate? What do they eat? Where do they go? What do they see? Etc… After a several minutes, we share what they talked about with the whole class.

Activity3 (10 min): Japanese New Year Tradition

I tell students what we do in Japan, showing some pictures.

Activity4 (10 min): Osechi

I introduce Osechi, Japanese new year’s food, with a picture and ask students what they know about it.

Activity5 (15 min): Meaning of Each Dish in Osechi

We check each name of dishes. Then, students make pairs and guess what its meaning of each dish. Then, I’ll read out true meanings of each dish. Students guess what that is. 

Activity6 (5 min): Wrap-up

We have casual conversations about Osechi. What would you like to try eating? Cooking? Have you ever eaten Japanese Osechi? Is there anything similar to your culture? 

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

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

It worked well. I also learned many things about Japanese new year tradition of food. Time management was good today. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

The topic with this plan could include more active speaking activities somehow. 

 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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