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DE S22 INT/ADV: Role Playing

Language Resident/Assistant Name:
Nicolai Diener

Class theme/topics discussed:

Goal of the class:
Communicative practice and fun!
Learn how to have an argument
Learn about basic vocabulary connected to state founding

How did you structure the class?

4.15 – 4.20:        Welcome (Welcoming students to class, talking about how they feel while introducing the topic)

4.20 – 4.45:        Role play (students get a role card and have to discuss the topic on their card with their respective partner. They have about 5 minutes to come to a compromise. After that they draw a new card and thus get a new partner (if more than 4 people), a new role and a new topic to discuss about)

4.45 – 4.50:        Discussion (quick follow-up discussion on how students handled the different situations and what solutions they found)

4.50 – 5.10:        State foundation (students get a worksheet that gives them the task to found a new state)

5.10 – 5.15:        State foundation – Presentation (students present their new state to the other students – after that, students are asked which state they would like to join

What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?

The class worked really well. The role playing was very communicative and lots of fun – students had to get into new roles all the time, adjust to the situation and the person they are talking to and at the same time trying to find a compromise with a person that has the opposite opinion to theirs. The short discussion afterwards was helpful in order to compare the different solutions – on one hand as an exchange of knowledge, but most importantly to give the students a stage to share their interesting/funny solutions. I decided not to do it after every round in order to give students the chance to experience a new situation without having heard before how another group has solved it.

The state foundation task was a nice addition, even though – for the sake of coherence – it would be nice to find a smooth transition from one task to the other. If not, it’s two really neat tasks – which is also fine.

Students were really creative and came up with “interesting” states – some of the vocabulary might be a bit too complex – but they also did not really have that much time to take a deep dive into all the aspects but should rather focus on a general idea and for that the task was certainly sufficient while giving them the chance to create something creative as a group together. The following presentation gave them the opportunity to present their state and make other people join that state – either because the idea is very funny or because the state seems really promising. Students can certainly take different paths to finding a solution to that task.

CN S22 INT/ADV 假如你中了500万  If you win 5 million

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2022.01.31

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: 假如你中了500万   If you win 5 million

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students are expected to create a story on the topic: What happens if you win 5 million dollars?

How did you structure the class?


1)问候学生Greet students

– 周末过得怎么样?等等

Ask questions about their weekend: What did you do? etc.


– 你买过彩票吗?Have you ever bought lottery tickets?

– 你中过奖吗?(请说一个自己运气很好的经历)Have you ever won a lottery before? (Or please tell me about an experience that you were really lucky)



– 2021年9月27日,你在来Mason Hall 2的路上,花了2块钱买了一张彩票。来到教室后,你打开手机一看,突然发现,自己竟然中奖了!中了多少钱呢?500万!!On September 27, 2021, you spent 2 dollars on a lottery ticket on your way to Mason hall 2. When you came to the classroom, you turned on your mobile phone and suddenly found that you had won the prize!

How much did you win? 5 million!!

现在,请你想一想,你会怎么做?Now, what would you like to do?

2)小复习 Review:汉语中数字的表达 Expressions of Numbers


Now everyone has 3 pieces of paper, please write down:

①名字 & 工作 A Name & An Occupation

②故事发生的地点 A Location

③一个特别的道具 1 Special Item

4) 分发道具

老师把学生写的纸条收集起来,洗一洗, 然后随机分发给学生。学生需要用给到的人名、职业、地点和那个特殊的东西一起编写一个故事。

The teacher will collect the notes written by the students, shuffle them and distribute them randomly to the students. Students need to write a story with the given name, occupation, location, and the special item.

Communicative practice:

表演 Performances & Feedback

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

PowerPoint slides (9 in total)

PPT(14 in total)


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

Things that worked well:

My Intermediate group was really creative and they came up with super funny ideas:

Group 1: Given words: MOO, 大白, driver, restaurant, Snow, Moon

MOO met 大白 in a restaurant. They fell in love on the first sight. One day they walked pass a lottery station and brought one and won 5million dollars. So they brought an airplane and flew to the moon and got married…

Group 2: Given words: Moo, 嫦娥, Mars, Jupiter, waiter

嫦娥 met Moo on Mars and there was a bad guy (the waiter) who wanted to stole their money. They ended up with a fight on Jupiter. And the bad guy was defeated…

Things that did not work:

The class went pretty well! We had a lot of fun. Some of the words that students came up with (like 火星 Mars, 木星 Jupiter etc.) were not familiar by the others, so I wrote them down on the blackboard, but it was a bit time consuming. Next time I’ll ask if they need new word in advance and write them down before their show.

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CN F21 INT/ADV 大脚怪 Bigfoot (Creat your story!)

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2021.09.02

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Bigfoot (Creat your story!)

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students will be able to talk about the story that they created.

How did you structure the class?


  1. Take attendance and greet the students
  2. Have you heard of Bigfoot?
  3. Presentation:

– Show some pictures and a short video clip of bigfoot.

– Give the students the begining of the story.

在一个凉爽的下午,你和同学们在树林里野餐,享受大自然的美丽和宁静。 突然,你听到树枝断裂的声音。 突然,浓雾从四周涌起,你什么都看不见了。这时,你起了一身鸡皮疙瘩。当你再次能够看清时,你发现前方通往树林的小路上有巨大的脚印。你惊恐地意识到……

You are hiking in the woods with your classmates on a cool and misty afternoon enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature. All of a sudden, you hear the sounds of branches breaking. You get goose bumps and you are overwhelmed by an odor so terrible that you are temporarily blinded. When you can see again, you see huge footprints on the trail ahead of you leading off into the woods and you realize with horror and fascination that…

  • Draw two frames: 突然间,你听到树枝断裂的声音。 All of a sudden they hear the sounds of branches breaking.
  • Brainstorm how you thinkthe story will end.

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

PowerPoint slides (3 in total)

I looked up pictures on Baidu image.

I used the projector to show the students the pictures drawn by each group.

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

Students were passionate about the topic. They created all different kinds of endings to the story (Though most of them have tragic endings) and they enjoyed the process of sharing ideas and creating the story.

The only thing that didn’t work was my computer. I prepared a short video on my own laptop, but somehow my Mac couldn’t open it. (The video player did not support the format at the moment… But now I fixed it. It won’t happen again.) I tried to google it on the spot but I didn’t find the one that I wanted to show them. So I just showed the pictures of Bigfoot.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

It worked really well. I’d keep the class like this.

 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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