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SPA S19 Cultural Event “Volver”

RU SP19 INT Pronunciation Workshop

Language Resident Name: Mykyta Tyshchenko

Day and Date: Wednesday, 01.30.2019

Language and Level: Russian, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Pronunciation workshop

Goal of the class: Master pronunciation of Russian sounds, use proper pronunciation on various situations

How did you structure the class?

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

2. Pronunciation practice. LR goes over the hardest words to pronounce in Russian, explains the hacks on how to nail the pronunciation. Students share the words that are the hardest for the to say. – 20 min

3. Liguria: Students are given the parts of the hardest Russian tong twister. They read them our loud. then watch a video of a Russian person doing the same reading, and read their parts again. (handout 1) – 10 min

4. Using good pronunciation in everyday life. Students are given different situations where good pronunciation is crucial. (handout 2) Their task is to write short passages in Russian and then read them out loud for the class. The classmates comment on pronunciation and give each other suggestions on how to improve it. – 25 min

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChX8wqSRcM8 (video with tongue twister)

handouts

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

It is not the most communicative class, but it was definitely worth it. I recommend to do it in the beginning of the semester for several reasons: a) it is not too intimidating for the students who just took the class and are not confident with their language skills; b) there are many fun activities you can add to it; c) you can personalize it for the students and ask them what were their struggles when they started learning the language. Overall, I think it was one of the most successful classes for me because it was different, it was entertaining, and it had good results.

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 2.

Диктор читает новости в прямом эфире (live)

Кандидат в президенты участвует в дебатах

Профессор читает лекцию

Родитель читает сказку своим детям

Влоггер рассказывает о своих путешествиях

Актер/актриса читает свой монолог

Актер/актриса читает свой монолог

Ведущий открывает церемонию Оскар

DE S19 INT Movies and series

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

IVAN LUCIC

Day and Date:

Monday, 04/02/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

German, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Movies and series

Goal of the class:

Being able to talk about movies and series (using German words)

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Introductory questions. First, the students talked briefly in pairs about the questions I gave them. They talked about how often they went to the movies, which movie they liked best etc.

Activity 2 (10 min): What fits together? I gave every pair of students several flyers of movie posters. At the same time, I gave them summaries of movies they had to fit to the movies. The fastest pair would win!

Activity 3 (15 min): Being a film critic. I gave the students movie flyers. In pairs, they had to think of the plot that could have happened in the movie. Then, they should rate the movie as a film critic. At the end, they would present the movie to the group. The LR gives the true summary of the movie at the end.

Activity 5 (20 min): Inventing your movie. The students were told they would invent their own movie. For that, they would draw cards with different tags on them. They would have to draw a genre card and four plot cards. The things on the card had to be added to their idea. At the end, the students would present it to the group again.

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

Whiteboard and marker

9 pieces of paper for the game «problem on the forehead»  

Powerpoint presentation (attached)

Fill in the blank exercise (see attached)

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

The students had a lot of fun: especially the film critic part and the movie inventing were a lot of fun.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would keep it as it is. It was a great class.

 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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SPA S19 ADV Work

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

José Gómez

Day and Date:

02/21/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Unemployment, politics, Spain.

Goal of the class: To review vocabulary related to politics, economy and the job market. To discuss and raise awareness about the current political and financial situation in Spain.

How did you structure the class?

Head’s up: cultural events

Warm-up (10’): Memory game about professions

Students will be divided into two groups and handed a set of cards with professions. They will have to play a memory game and say the name of the profession aloud every time they uncover one card.

Activity 1 (video and discussion)

  1. (5’) Students will be asked what they know about the employment situation in Spain.
  2. (10’) An interactive short film will be shown on the screen. The video is called “La Entrevista” “The Interview”. The video is interactive as it stops at some point to prompt student’s reactions and guesses. It also includes some hints on vocab to facilitate comprehension.

The video tackles the topic of the over qualification at companies and how desperation pushes people to happily take any job that is under their skills. It all happens throughout a job interview in which the boss is clearly taking advantage of this precarious situation.

  • Students will also make notes on the questions the boss asks as they will use them in an activity later on.
  • (10’) Discussion Feelings

What do you think is the main topic of the video?

What is wrong?

What does it say about the situation in Spain?

How could a society improve that?

Does it happen in your country?

Do you think that the fact that she is a woman influences the position?

Is it common in your country to see men as the boss and women as secretary or cleaner?

Activity 2 (20’) (JOB INTERVIEW/role play): In pairs, each student will take a role. One of them will be a manager, and the other one will be interviewed for the job. For this activity students will have some resources on how a job interview is carried out. Additionally, they will get a handout on the table with accurate questions so that they can improve their grammatical structures as well as their fluency.

First, they will prepare their role (one of them will prepare the profile of the candidate, and the other one will prepare the profile of the employer/company)

Then they will have an interview, at the end, some of the people will show their interview in front of the class.

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

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

This was one of the students’ favorite class since it allowed them to speak all the time, improve their grammar, as well as raising cultural awareness of the job situation in Spain.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I think this class works very well, sometimes it can take longer and might be split into two classes.

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.

Find attached below the possible job interview questions that I have given them in a handout

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JP F18 ADV Japanese Old Tales

Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo

Day and Date: Thursday, October 17th

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Japanese old Tales / Feedback Session 

Goal of the class: To be familiar with Japanese old tales and to be able to describe / visualize a scene of the old tales. 

How did you structure the class?

Activity1 (25 min): Feedback Session / Werewolf Game

I continue the feedback session and the other students play the werewolf game. 

Acitivity2 (5 min): Brainstorming

Each student says one Japanese old tales or Japanese stories (ex. Ghibli stories) they know. All the stories they came up with are written in the while board.

Activity3 (10 min): Creating a Manga

Students make a pair. At least one student of the pair should know a plot of a story. I give each pair a blank sheet with 5 manga boxes. One student tells the plot briefly and the other student draws.

Acitivty4 (15 min): Presentation

Each pair presents their story, showing a manga they draw. 

Activity5 (5 min): Wrap-up

I ask them open questions such as what is their favorite story? Did you learn new stories? Was it hard to draw pictures? Etc…

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

It worked well. This was a really good way to introduce Japanese stories, making them keep talking. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?I could do this in FLRC so I can show their manga on the bigger screen. 

JP F18 Off-Campus Cultural Activity

DE FA18 Cultural Event: Atheneaum Talk with Jeffrey S. Kopstein

ES F18 ADV Fear

ES-ADV-F18-Fear

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

José Gómez

Day and Date:

10/13/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:   Fear

Goal of the class: Learn vocabulary about fear and express emotions

How did you structure the class?

Head’s up (FLRC Open House) (5’)

Activity 1 (10’):

Students get asked about Fear and the things that they feel fear about.

Activity 2 (15’):

Students get some phrases to react to different things that might make them be scared. They comment on them using the vocabulary that they are given.

Activity 3 (10’):

 Students listen to the audio of a scary movie video. They only hear it and have to hypothesize about it.

Activity 4 (5’):

 Students see the video, comment upon it and confirm their hypothesis.

Activity 5 (20’):

Students get some slips of paper with different situations of risk. They are asked to say how they would react to those situations. After that, in groups of 3. They have to choose one of their situations and propose an alternative ending to it.

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

We used slips of paper with prompts.


We used Youtube and a PowerPoint presentation

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

Most of the students really enjoyed the class since it somehow brought some suspense. Also, they could be creative with the stories at the end which they enjoyed a lot.

Some of the students are not into scary things, so they felt a bit uncomfortable at times, but I gave a disclaimer at the beginning of the class and they were fine with it.

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 INT S18 Fake News

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 

Language Resident Name: JOSE GOMEZ

 

Day and Date: 01/29/2018

 

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

 

Class theme/topics discussed: Fake News 

 

Goal of the class: To practice argumentation and discussion

 

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up: (15’)

 

Students ask each other about when and why they lie, it will lead to the topic of fake news.

They get a worksheet to prompt conversation which is attached at the end of this sheet.

 

Activity 1 (15′)

Students watch a video about fake news

http://www.elmundotoday.com/2017/11/un-arcoiris-en-barcelona-convierte-en-homosexuales-a-15-000-personas/

 

Then, they share their reaction since it is a very ridiculous article.

 

Activity 2 (30′)

Students in pairs will get one different article with fake news. They will have to read it and present it as in the video that they saw at the beginning of the class. It is a role play, they will stand in front of everyone as if they were hosting the news.

Then, they will have to lead a debate with their classmates about the news. Students will get visual aid on the screen.

 

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

Powerpoint presentation

Fake news texts

 

 

 

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

The success in this class resides in the articles chosen. The ones I found for this class were very appropriate and ridiculous and that prompted discussion.

 

 

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It is a very challenging lesson plan for Intermediate, however, if this class is done towards the end of the semester it will probably work very well as their confidence speaking Spanish will have increased.

 

 

 

 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.

 fake news          INT 01:29 FAKE NEWS READY

 

ES INT S18 SPORTS

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 

Language Resident Name: JOSE GOMEZ

 

Day and Date: 02/05/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): INTERMEDIATE

 

Class theme/topics discussed: Sports

 

 

Goal of the class: To revise and review vocabulary and cultural aspects about sports

 

How did you structure the class?

 

Pre-warm up (10’): Students are asked some questions about the Superbowl match that happened the previous weekend.

 

Warm-up (15’) Interviews: Students get a piece of paper and ask questions to other students about the importance of such a sport event in the country.

 

Brainstorm (5’): Students brainstorm adjectives to describe sports

 

Activity 2 (30’): Each student receives a famous Spanish sport player. Then, they have to look up online what that person does, and the achievements that the person has accomplished in their career.
Each student will first describe the rules of the sport that apply to the person they have; the rest will have to guess what sport they are talking about. Then they will proceed to describe the person and career.

 

 

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

  • Slips of paper with sport celebrities
  • Powerpoint presentation

 

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

Very successful class in which students could share all they know about sport and learn a bit about the importance of these sports in Spain. This particular class loves sports and it was easy to engage them with this topic.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 

Time management, if the class takes too long it would be great to split it into two classes.

 

 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.

 

Powerpoint with more directions:    02:05 INT Sports      sports find someone 1

 

ES INT S18 JOBS

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 

Language Resident Name:

José Gómez

 

Day and Date:

04/09/2018

 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish Advanced

 

Class theme/topics discussed: Unemployment, politics, Spain.

 

Goal of the class: To review vocabulary related to politics, economy and the job market. To discuss and raise awareness about the current political and financial situation in Spain.

 

How did you structure the class?

 

Head’s up: cultural events

 

Warm-up (10’)  ¿What would you like to do in the future?

 

Students will stand up and will mime so that the rest of people have to guess what they are. Students will not be allowed to say the name of the profession, they will have to explain in Spanish what the profession is about. I will brainstorm useful vocabulary in the whiteboard so that they keep it as a reference.

 

Activity 1 (video and discussion)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nQTo0aKuw8

 

  1. (5’) Students will be asked what they know about the employment situation in Spain.
  2. (10’) An interactive short film will be shown on the screen. The video is called “La Entrevista” “The Interview”. The video is interactive as it stops at some point to prompt student’s reactions and guesses. It also includes some hints on vocab to facilitate comprehension.

The video tackles the topic of the over qualification at companies and how desperation pushes people to happily take any job that is under their skills. It all happens throughout a job interview in which the boss is clearly taking advantage of this precarious situation.

  • Students will also make notes on the questions the boss asks as they will use them in an activity later on.
  1. (10’) Discussion Feelings

What do you think is the main topic of the video?

What is wrong?

What does it say about the situation in Spain?

How could a society improve that?

Does it happen in your country?

Do you think that the fact that she is a woman influences the position?

Is it common in your country to see men as the boss and women as secretary or cleaner?

 

Activity 2 (20’) (JOB INTERVIEW/role play): In pairs, each student will take a role. One of them will be a manager, and the other one will be interviewed for the job. For this activity students will have some resources on how a job interview is carried out. Additionally, they will get a handout on the table with accurate questions so that they can improve their grammatical structures as well as their fluency.

 

First, they will prepare their role (one of them will prepare the profile of the candidate, and the other one will prepare the profile of the employer/company)

 

Then they will have an interview, at the end, some of the people will show their interview in front of the class.

 

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

YOUTUBE, HANDOUTS

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

This was one of the students’ favorite class since it allowed them to speak all the time, improve their grammar, as well as raising cultural awareness of the job situation in Spain..

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I think this class works very well, sometimes it can take longer and might be split into two classes.

 

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.

 

Find attached below the possible job interview questions that I have given them in a handout

ADV 04:09 WORK ready

ES ADV S18 Personality and Instagram

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 

Language Resident Name: JOSE GOMEZ

 

 

Day and Date: 04/18/2018

 

 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

 

Class theme/topics discussed: Personality and Instagram

 

Goal of the class: Personality adjectives, question formation

 

How did you structure the class?

 

Head’s up (5’): Upcoming events

 

Warm-up: (10’) whole-group:

We begin by picking someone’s profile on Instagram. Students will be asked who that person is, and to describe the physical appearance and lifestyle. This will be a modelling activity of what they will have to do later.

We do this activity on the screen and in group.

Students get a sheet to fill out different features: profession, hobbies, appearance, personality.

 

Activity 1: (25’) pairs, then whole group

5’ to search, 5’ to discuss their personality and physical appearance

 

In pairs, students go on Instagram and look up the profiles of some people I tell them too. They tell me what these people do and describe them.

 

@pabloalboran             @SergioRamos             @soyunapringada

@Dabizmuñoz              @pau_eche                 @cristipedroche

 

Whole group:

Afterwards, each of them will present theirADV 04:18 Instagram READY characters and describe them following a similar way of doing it.

 

 

Activity 2 (20’): Groups of 4 or 5: Tiradas telemáticas
Students play a game of questions and answers that prompts the vocabulary that they have used and learnt during the previous activity and question formation.

 

 

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

Instagram, TV, Internet.

 

 

 

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

Using a social network such as Instagram definitely triggers students’ interest when it comes to class activities.

The first part of the class is not so conversational, but it prepares students for the second part in which they get to speak all the time.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

A set of fixed questions for them to discuss would help the beginning of the class to be more conversational.

 

 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.

DE S18 The Pomona College Orchestra

JP S18 INT/ADV School Rule

Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo

Day and Date: 2/22/18

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

Class theme/topics discussed: School Rules

Goal of the class: By the time this class ends, students get to know typical Japanese school rules and will be able to discuss some rules, supporting their opinion.

How did you structure the class?

Activity1 (10 min): Warm – up

We talk about strangest / funniest / strictest school rules.

Activity2 (10 min): Brainstorming    

Students are divided into two groups; one group is teachers, the principle and the school and the other group is students and parents. They come up with opinions that support their position. I choose one topic from what they told in Activity 1.

Activity3 (15 min): Discussion 

Students discuss. I write the opinions they say on the white board so they remember what their points are.

Activity4 & 5 (25 min): Brainstorming and Discussion   

We repeat the process of Activity 2 and 3 with a different topic.

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

Everything worked well. I wish I could have somehow made more corrections on their utterances, which would improve their vocabularies or expressions.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would make a list of vocabulary they might not know yet.

DE F17 ADV Thanksgiving

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ines Fister

Day and Date: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Thanksgiving

Goal of the class: Students use vocabulary learned and talk about their Thanksgiving holidays

How did you structure the class?  

4.15-4.20 (5mins): Save the date – 4 Cultural activities

4.20-4.30 (10mins): Review Thanksgiving vocabulary; bomb-game (use bomb from the game “Tick Tack Bumm” in German LR apartment): each person has to say one word related to thanksgiving and after that they can pass the bomb to the next person. The person who holds the bomb when it explodes cannot participate in the regular game anymore, but has to act as a “lifeline”. Each player can ask for help from these students, but only once during the game.

 4.30-4.45 (15mins): students come up with questions about their Thanksgiving holidays: 2 groups (5 and 6 students); 12 questions (number questions like: 1., 1.1, 2., 2.1, …) for each group – they type them in the MacBook; LR assists and makes sure that the final questions are grammatically correct.

 4.45-5.15 (30mins): students dice and answer the question with the number they get; if they get the same number again, they use the second question for that number (e.g. 3. and 3.1). After approximately half of the time, the groups swap the questions they came up with.

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

mac books for students, dice

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

They liked to talk about Thanksgiving but one group was much more energetic and motivated than the other. This happens a lot; maybe switching people between the groups could help to improve that.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

make 10 questions (1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2….) and if they dice 6, the person should switch the group.

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.

 

DE F17 ADV Conversation Project Reflection

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ines Fister

Day and Date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, advanced

 Class theme/topics discussed: Reflection of conversation project work and result; the students created a music video

Goal of the class: students should reflect upon their work and give feedback to each other

 How did you structure the class?  

4.15-4.20 (5mins): What are we going to do today, LR has prepared the plan on the whiteboard (5 steps)

4.20-4.25 (5mins): step 1 Re-watch video (sing along) and reflect individually (printed handout, worksheet1)

4.25-4.30 (5mins): step 2 discuss within your own group about your own group work (handout on macbooks, worksheet 2)

4.30-4.45 (15min): step 3 present feedback

4.45-4.55 (10min): step 4 write feedback for others

4.55-5.10 (15min): step 5 give other groups feedback (one [feedback from one group for each group], or two rounds [feedback from two groups for each group] depending on time)

5.10-5.15 (5min): info events and tables give students info about their attendances

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

TV, mac books for students, whiteboard, handouts

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

The timing was very good and the students performed well on the tasks. In the beginning the students found it a bit boring, but throughout the lesson they had more and more fun.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Make it more fun; Maybe make it a game or competition and one group can win.

 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.

01 Worksheet1 Individuelle Reflexion 01 Worksheet2 Gruppenarbeit Reflexion

 

JA S17 INT “Valentine Day around the World & White Day in Japan”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Monday, February 13, 2017

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

 Class theme/topics discussed: Valentine Day around the World & White Day in Japan

 Goal of the class:

The students will be able to get to know the Valentine day and compare it with the ones of other countries.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (2 min): Attendance check and Announcement

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements.

 Activity 2 (8 min): Warm-up

I casually ask the students about their weekend and lead discussion by asking the questions to the students since we had beautiful sunny skies during the weekend.

Activity 3 (20 min): Introduction of Valentine Day

I simply ask the students about the Valentine day upcoming this week and announce the today’s topic. I also ask them about general information of it with the perspectives of both America and China and write them down on the whiteboard. Then, I ask them about their memory of that day and share them in the class. After that, I lead the discussion by giving them the equal chances where they are able to express their ideas in the class. Then, I talk about the recent trend of Japanese one by introducing the types of chocolate that one gives it to the other with some illustration on the whiteboard.

Activity 4 (30 min) Watching a Japanese Warmhearted Story

I briefly introduce the story in the class and give them some questions which the students need to pay attention to while watching it. Then, we watch the whole story together in the class. After that, we review about the summary of that story together in the class by asking them questions and getting the answers in the class. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3r7izr

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was successful in general. Today’s topic did help a lot the class be more productive and interactive. Basically, I was able to lead the class as planned, conducting each activity in an appropriate order. The story that we have watched in the class today was also relevant to their level of Japanese, so it seems to me that they understood the story very well. However, I found some parts needed to be revised.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

The PowerPoint I used today was simple, so I can put more photos in the slides, which makes it creative.  By doing so, it would be also a good help for their understanding when they get lost during the class. Before watching the short story in the class, I need to give the students basic background of the story such as main character, key points, and new vocabulary, which would motivate the students to watch it with those views. Also, I need to clarify well about the activity after watching it.

JA S17 INT “Consensus Game”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

 Class theme/topics discussed: Consensus Game

 Goal of the class:

Students will be able to express their ideas and opinions in the class.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (10 min): Attendance check & Announcement & Warm-up

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements. Then, I casually ask the students about their updates and news, leading small conversation in the class.

Activity 2 (5 min): Introduction of the Game

I briefly introduce about Sekiggae, one of the exciting school events in Japan. And then I give them a handout and introduce the game in the class. Also, I explain about the situation to the students.

Activity 3 (20 min): Consensus Game 1 (Where is my seat??)

Students are given pieces of information cards and look at them and read them on their own. And then I explain a couple of rules on the game to the students. When they are ready, students stand up and talk with one another exchanging information with classmates in order to complete the game. They write down the answers on the whiteboard. And I check them out at the end.

 Activity 4 (25 min): Consensus Game 2 (Drawing a map)

I briefly explain the game in the class and give the students pieces of information card. The students read them on their own. When they are ready, students stand up and talk with one another exchanging information with classmates in order to complete the map activity. They draw the map on the whiteboard. And I check it out at the end.

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was successful in general. And students loved the activities I prepared. They spoke a lot in the class in order to work on the activities. I conducted this kind of consensus activities for the first time, but it went well. I have two more classes left this semester, so I am going to try this type of activity again in the next class on Monday.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Everything was perfect in the class today. The students engaged a lot and participated in the activities. They were also motivated to working on the activities. Overall, today’s class was, needless to say, wonderful. Students really liked it as I did. I will teach them two more times through the semester, and I am so excited to teach them in the class.

JA S17 ADV “Graduation Ceremony”

Language Resident Name: Yohichi Tagami

Day and Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

Class theme/topics discussed: “Graduation Ceremony”

 

Goal of the class:

Students will understand the Japanese graduation ceremony and compare it with theirs.

Students will read an article related to that topic and understand the story.

 

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (15 min): Attendance check & Announcement & Warm-up

I check students’ attendance and give them announcements. Then, I casually ask the students about their updates and news, leading small conversation in the class. I will mainly ask them about their Easter and summer vacation.

Activity 2 (8 min): Introduction of Today’s Topic

I announce the today’s topic and discuss them in the class. Students talk about their experiences of graduation ceremony and share them in the class.

Activity 3 (10 min): Discussion in the Class

We discuss general information of graduation ceremony in America and Japan. And then we compare the results and talk about some points in the class.

Activity 4 (10 min): The Features of Japanese Graduation Ceremony

I introduce some of the features of Japanese graduation ceremony with the images on the powerpoint and explain them one by one while interacting with students.

Activity 5 (17 min): Reading a Story

I give them pieces of paper and briefly introduce a story. Students read them and try to put them in a right order in pairs. After that, they summarize the story and then we review the story and discuss it in the class.

 

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

Powerpoint

 

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

The class was good in general. We talked about graduation ceremony in the class. One of the students had sick, so she was not active in the class at all. The other students were okay and participated in the activities. But their attitude towards the class was rude overall. Two of the students were really like a child, the other students were like a robot. If this happens in the next class on Thursday, I need to do something in order to improve the class and students’ attitude.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Today I did a new style of activity related to reading in the end of the class. It went well and students liked it, but some of the students spoke English, not Japanese during the activity. Also, I found many parts needed to be revised while they were working. So I am going to modify the plan tonight for intermediate class tomorrow.

 

DE S17 INT German and U.S. education system

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 

Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert

 

Day and Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German Intermediate Conversation

 

Class theme/topics discussed:

 

The German and U.S. education system in comparison

 

Goal of the class:

 

Students learn or recap vocabulary about school and education, talk about their educational background and compare it with the German system.

 

How did you structure the class?

 

20 minutes: Match the people. The LR presents a list of about ten jobs on the board. Then each student writes down ten associations that he or she has with one of these jobs. All of these have to be a single word, no matter if noun, adjective or verb. The students then work in pairs: they have to guess to which of the job the associations correspond. The associations shouldn’t be too obvious. When the partner guessed correctly, the explanation for each of the associations should be provided.

 

40 minutes: The German and U.S. education system in comparison. Students get in pairs. Together, they work to provide an overview of the U.S. school system (regarding all educational institutions from birth to the first real job). This should entail information such as the different schools (e.g. kindergarten, primary school), the age groups, the subjects studied, curriculum, the classes within the school, the qualification of teachers, hours that children stay in school daily, compulsory schooling, difficulty of studying, private vs. public schools, job training, university education, tutoring, grading/grades, food at schools, homeschooling etc. The students then share their collected information with the group. Subsequently, they watch a short video about the German school system and compare in their groups the most obvious differences. Then they share their thoughts and comments with the group. The LR provides vocabulary and additional information.

 

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

 

Whiteboard, Video about the German education system, Vocabulary sheet.

 

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

 

Both activities went well. It was interesting for the students to hear about the different educational backgrounds that they each had and liked to get to know new information about the “German way”.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 

Maybe I would provide a table/sheet that helps the students to better organize their educational background.

20170125_Das_hessische_Schulsystem

 

FR F16 ADV PLUS Politics of education in France

Conversation Class Lesson Summary 

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet 

Day and Date: Monday, November 14                               

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Start of the college year in France 

Goal of the class:

Discuss about French political questions about education.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: What do you remember from your first day of class in France?
  2. We read an article from the Le Monde (French newspaper): I will focus on pronunciation. We review the vocabulary.
  3. We have a debate about the questions raised by the text: How would you feel if you wanted to apply to a formation and that you could only be chosen by having your name drawing out? Positive and negative consequences.

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

An article from Le Monde (see below)

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

The debate worked great and the students were willing to share their experience in a French college. The discussion was very spontaneous.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I’m not sure it will work with big groups (we were only four).

 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.

Article Le Monde

 

DE F16 INT The Fall of the Wall

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert

Day and Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German Intermediate Conversation

Class theme/topics discussed: 

The “Tag der Deutschen Einheit”.

 Goal of the class:

Students gain basic historic knowledge about the fall of the wall. They develop skills to describe movie scenes.

How did you structure the class?

 20-25 minutes: Scattergories. Students are handed out a table with different categories. One of the students silently “counts” the alphabet, another student tells him to stop after a certain time. Now the students have to find words starting with that letter for each category. The first one to have a word in each category calls the others to stop. Everybody who has something in a category receives a point. If their word is only mentioned once, they receive three points. If a person is the only one to have a word in a category, he/she receives ten points.

35-40 minutes: Students are divided in two groups. One is facing the screen, the other isn’t. They partner up and watch a short video but without the sound (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tqEyhkyzr8 ). They describe what happens and what they can see. After half of the video they take turns. Afterwards, they try to make sense of what they’ve seen. Then they share their ideas with the class and discuss what happened in each scene. They then watch parts of the video again and try to figure out what the speaker and people in the video could have said. The information is then presented in class. Then all the students watch the video again, but with sound. They then discuss the things they understood and make sense of the video. The LR provides additional information and questions.

5 min: Short heads up for conversation class project.

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

Scattergories sheet, Short film, TV-screen, pictures GDR

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

The students had some problems to come up with words for the scattergories warm-up game but still had fun. The students were very interested in the movie about the events that led to the fall of the wall. 

How could this class be improved/modified?

Maybe other categories for the scattergories game would have worked better.

CN SP16 INT EDUCATION SYSTEM

Language Resident Name:

Ting Cao

Day and Date:

04/13/2016

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Chinese, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Education system

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students will be able to make a brief introduction of the education system in the US, and learn about the system in China.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm up: Ask students how to say the different stages of education in Chinese, such as primary school, high school.
  2. Ask students to share their most unforgettable experience of school life.
  3. Group work: Students are divided into three groups and represent primary school, middle school, and high school respectively. Each group needs to make a brief introduction of the school they represent, such as school time, courses.
  4. Presentation time. Meanwhile, the teacher provides some information about the Chinese education system.
  5. Group discussion about College Entrance Examination:                                                                                                                   a. Chinese people often say that this exam determines your whole life; do you agree with it?                                  b. Do you think exam is a fair way to decide who gets the permission of college?                                                                 c. Did all your friends go to college? If some didn’t, why? What are they doing now?                                                               d. Do you think everyone should go to college?
  6. Play a part of a BBC documentary referring to Chinese teaching method.
  7. Discuss about the final question in groups: Will you send your children to a school in China? Why or why not?

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

Powerpoint, BBC documentary : http://mp.weixin.qq.com/sbiz=MjM5MzY1NjQzNw==&mid=208935944&idx=1&sn=f3cc7ed3d95c4f5b051023467edba857&scene=4.

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

This class is a revised version from advanced class and it turned to be very successful. The questions for presentation were easier than that of advanced, so intermediate students could discuss.

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).

FR S16 INT & ADV “Rencontre Minute” (Speed Dating)

Language Resident Name: Julien Moniz

Day and Date: 02/11

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

Class theme/topics discussed: “Finding the perfect flatmate”

 Goal of the class: Have students discuss about their perspectives on life and tastes

 How did you structure the class?

I used a handout given to me by Christelle Rolland. It is an 18 question questionnaire about one’s tastes, expectations, and self projections. We filled it up with the students and compared our answers to try and find  who would be the perfect flatmate for everyone.

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

Handout provided by Christelle

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

It was a great questionnaire and I think the students enjoyed talking about themselves and thinking about those questions.

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.

Rencontre Minute 

CN SP16 INT PARENTS

Language Resident Name:

Ting Cao

 Day and Date:

02/17/2016

 Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Chinese, Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:

Parents

Goal of the class:

In this class, students will compare the differences between Chinese parents and western parents, and discuss about the characteristics that good parents should have.

How did you structure the class?

1.Students introduce and describe their parents in pairs.

2.Students discuss in pairs: what will your parents do in following situations, for example, if you get a low score from an exam; if you are going to have a tattoo?

3.Watch a video that compares the differences between Chinese parents and western parents.

4.Disscuss the reactions of the parents in the video.

5.Group discussion: What are the factors of being good parents?

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

PowerPoint, internet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38mKn2nIjcE

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

Class was good. Last class we watched a TV show about the “Tiger Mom” in China, so they were interested in this topic. This topic was also very close to their own lives, so they had many opinions and experiences to say.

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.

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