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FR F17 ADV PLUS Vegetarianism & Sustainability

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Wednesday, November 29

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Vegetarianism and the question of meat and sustainability

Goal of the class:  Listening comprehension, expression of personal opinions and argumentation about food, vegetarianism and sustainability.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: What do you eat? Are you a vegetarian? What do you think of organic food/GMO?
  2. First video with questions (student draw a question and answer it).
  3. Second video with new set of questions and a text to fill with the missing numbers (so we practice a little bit of listening comprehension with numbers)
  4. Role-play with one debate about vegetarianism: I’ll use the bingo of “the classic arguments for non-vegetarian diet” and the students play the vegetarian people who have to answer to those arguments. If we have time we can also have a role-play with pros and cons of organic food.
  5. Conversation Class evaluations.

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

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xx6t7x

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcd4VIkCI3k 

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

The topic is a little bit delicate because we (instructors) have to stay neutral as much as possible but it worked great! We didn’t spent much time on the fourth activity but the previous one were very interesting: students can share a lot of personal experience, the topic is political, ethical, economical, philosophical, scientific, so they can talk about anything very easily! It’s also fun to compare both French and American diets. 

N.B. The next class, one student did some research and we talked about this topic again so they really have a lot to say!!

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). 

2017-11-29 ADV.PLUS Végétarisme et écologie

FR F17 ADV PLUS Music

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Wednesday, November 1

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Music

Goal of the class: Learn about the vocabulary of music (music instruments, idiomatic expressions), practice of the listening comprehension part with songs, create a dialogue with specific vocabulary.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: Introduce the “Fête de la Musique” and ask the students about their habits related to music (playing an instrument, favorite band, etc.). They’ll have a handout about habits of French people so we can make comparisons.
  2. We watch a video about the famous singer Stromae without the sound. I give the students ten words (that appear on the video), and they have to imagine the dialogue using them (“Radin ; Bignou ; Danser ; S’amuser ; Malade ; Chien ; Soif ; Canard ; S’extasier ; Désinvolte”). Then, we watch the video.
  3. I give the students a handout with titles of French songs: I will play songs extracts and just by listening to the extracts, the students have to guess what the song is.
  4. Idiomatic expressions with music: Multiple-choice questions on a handout

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBf65mZVsCo

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

The main activities were very fun: the students also learnt new vocabulary! The activity with the songs was a bit experimental but the students told me they loved it and wanted another one.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

With less advanced students, the songs have to be easier to guess! 

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that). 

2017-11-01 ADV.PLUS Musique

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

 

FR F16 ADV PLUS French idioms and proverbs

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Wednesday, November 2                          

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

Class theme/topics discussed: French idiomatic expressions and proverbs 

Goal of the class:

Learn some new idiomatic expressions and proverbs we use in everyday life in France. 

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up: I ask the students to tell me about idiomatic expressions they know in French, and to translate some English idiomatic expressions into French.
  2. We watch a video: students have to catch up the idiomatic expressions. We review the vocabulary and then the meaning of these expressions.
  3. I give a handout as a summary of a video: students have to match the idiomatic expression with the meaning.
  4. If we have time, I give them some proverbs cut into two pieces and they have to match the beginning of a sentence with the right ending and then, explain the proverbs.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjsG8sH_9Xs

a handout with idiomatic expressions

Proverbs (beginning and ending)

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

I was surprised they didn’t know many idiomatic expressions so the brainstorming at the beginning was a little useless. However the other activities were more interesting for them because they learn new vocabulary and expressions.

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.

idioms-proverbs 


 

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