Middle age + describe and argue in relation to castles and palaces
Goals of the Class
Describing buildings and arguing on the basis of personal feelings
How did you spend the weekend? How was your first week of the semester?
Input about Germany in the Middle Ages Presentation and description of Neuschwanstein Castle
Castles and palaces visit in Oldenborg Describe your castle or palace My castle has many towers ……Is surrounded by forest……..Is built on a mountainIs situated on a lake Is very big/small Has many windows/no windows Search 4 facts about the castle or palace on the internet Present us your castle
Why is your castle the most beautiful? My castle is most beautiful because…….What is unique about my castle is……..What I especially like about my castle……..Vocabulary: Architecture, towers, forest, fully preserved, large, walls, color, shelter, view, rocks, mountains, size….
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?
The presentation of the castles was a lot of fun for the students and the information about the castles was informative. The students showed great interest in the subject. The inclusion of my own examples was a good help for the students. You could have given a beginner course the infos about the castles – no research needed.
Class theme/topics discussed: Myths and Mythical Creatures
Goal of the class:
To learn more about Russian traditional mythical creatures
To practice storytelling
How did you structure the class?
Warm up (10 mins): Discussion 1) What is myth/mythology? 2) Why do people need myths? 3) Do people use myths in the modern world?
2. Activity 1. Mythical creatures of your culture or region (20 min) I present to students 3 most famous Karelian (Russian/Slav) mythical creatures and explain how you can “meet” them in real life. Leshiy (the host of the forest), Vodyanoi (the host of the lakes and ponds) and Domovoi (the house creature).
After demonstrating my students those creatures, I ask them to think about one example of mythical creatures from their home region. After small research, they share their characters with the rest of the class.
3. Activity 2. Create a story (30 minutes) I ask my students to come up with a story, where every mythical creature (that students presented) meets each other. I explain my students the rules of composing any story before they begin. They create visual story (like comics), where their chosen creatures meet each other and deal with a problem.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
It is easier for advanced students to discuss this topic. They have more vocabulary to answer questions about myths and mythology. I had only 5 students, so I decided not to split them in groups and let them work together as a team.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
I would dedicate two classes to discussing the myths and mythical creatures. It is a broad topic that deserves to be covered. I would find a cartoon or a Youtube video, where the characters from my culture are presented. For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jva7QXMziL0