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DE S10 INT Project

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: February 23, 2010

Class theme/topics discussed: Class project

How did you pick this theme or topic?
My students preferred to start working on the project early.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked my student what kind of project he would be interested in. We did some kind of brainstorming and I told him a little bit about possible projects that we might do. My student chose to do a funny, short little video about Pomona College.
In the next few classes, my student did research about Pomona College, we visited different places on campus, talked to students and professors, made notes and wrote little texts, videotaped my student’s performance, and edited everything until we had his final project. This process took about 3 weeks.

How did students react?
My student was very excited to work on the project. Since he is a Pitzer student, it was interesting for him to find out and learn about Pomona. He worked very well and independently.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, he talked very much and seemed to have a great time working on his project.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Flip Camera
Internet

 

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, I think it was a great idea and resulted in a wonderful final project.

DE S10 ADV Stereotypes1

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: January 21, 2010

Class theme/topics discussed: Stereotypes about Germans and Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic? I thought it was a good way to start talking about Germany and to see what impressions they might have of Germans and Germany.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

I put about 10 different flashcards with pictures of German stereotypes (e.g. Bratwurst, Dirndl & Lederhosen, Mercedes & VW) on the table and asked the students to each chose one and say what they can see on the picture and what it might have to do with Germans / Germany. The students quickly guessed that those were all stereotypes. I asked them about their experiences and what they thought about those stereotypes. I had prepared three pieces of paper saying ‘Stimmt oft’, ‘Stimmt manchmal’ and ‘Stimmt gar nicht’ and asked the students to put the flashcards on either one of the papers to say whether they believed they are mostly true, sometimes, and not at all. I also asked them to say why they thought so, this way we had a very lively discussion.
At the end of the class I asked the students, if they knew any stereotypes about the Claremont Colleges and they told me about stereotypes of each of the five colleges.

How did students react?
The students seemed to like the activities very much and were eager to tell their impressions and their experiences about certain stereotypes. They were laughing a lot and seemed to enjoy the topic.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot with each other and we had a lively discussion. They were also very interested in my opinion and wanted to know, if those stereotypes were really true or not.

 

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Flashcards of German stereotypes (Flashcards are printed and in my ADV conversation folder).

 

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. The students were very motivated and eager to share their thoughts and experiences.

DE F09 ADV Chat

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 8. Dezember 2009

Class theme/topics discussed: Last class

How did you pick this theme or topic? Since this was our last class of the semester, I invited my students to the Coop Fountain to get something to drink and to reflect about the semester and to talk about anything they wanted to talk about.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

How did students react?
They liked it a lot!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they were talking very much!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

I gave them the evaluation forms at the end of the class.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. I think this is a nice ending to a conversation class.

ES F09 INT Tour of the Campus

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 10/29/2009

Class theme/topics discussed:
Describing buildings, telling stories.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Since the weather is so nice (seriously, when is fall coming here?), I decided to take the students out for the class.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We divided the class in two groups, tourists and guides. I gave some information to the guides and I brainstormed with the tourists some of the possible questions that could arise in one of these visits.

How did students react?
They liked being outside and enjoyed the activity, most of them, at least.

Did they engage with each other and you?
They engage well, but the tourists hardly talked or made any questions.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Some info about the college from Wikipedia.

Please attach a copy.
Next page.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes…

Why or why not?
Maybe there’s another way of making the tourists a little bit more participative.

17th Class INT
17th Class OUT

DE F09 ADV Study Abroad

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 27. Oktober 2009

Class theme/topics discussed: Studying abroad in Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic? I knew that only one of my two students would come today. She had told me earlier that she would like to talk about studying abroad sometime, the other student, however, was had told me she was not interested in this topic. So I thought this day might be a good time to talk to the one student about it who was interested in this topic.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Firstly, I asked my student what she thought about studying abroad – why does she want to do that, when, where, how long, etc. Then I showed her some reviews of students who went abroad and we talked about their experiences. Afterwards the student asked me some general questions about studying in Germany and the German university system. At the end of the lesson I asked my students to think about why so few students want to go to Germany to study and how we / one could change that.

How did students react?
My student was very interested and even stayed 15 min longer after the class ended to finish our conversation.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, she did. She was very interested and asked a lot of questions.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Map of Germany
Reviews (Erfahrungsberichte)

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, because I think this is a very important topic. My student was also very talkative.

 

 

 

 

RU F09 INT Student Life

Class theme/topics discussed:
Student’s life – schedule, classes, exams.
Time expressions (revision)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
As a continuation of the topic “Education” from the last class.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts with the vocabulary and exercises

How did students react?
They found the class useful.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Exercises from : «В пути. Russian Grammar in Context», 2d ed., by Olga Kagan, Frank Miller, Ganna Kudyma, p. 31 ex. 2-1, 2-2, 2-3 (all modified – see the handout below); + photocopy of p. 32 ex. 2-5; p. 33 ex. 2-6.

Please attach a copy.
FULL LESSON PLAN WITH ALL EXERCISES: Student’s Schedule

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
It provides students with the necessary vocabulary and encourages students’ speech on the topic.

DE F09 ADV Stereotypes

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 3. September

Class theme/topics discussed: Stereotypes about Germans and Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic? I though it was a good way to start talking about Germany and to see what impressions they might have of Germans and Germany.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I put about 10 different flashcards with pictures of German stereotypes (e.g. Bratwurst, Dirndl & Lederhosen, Mercedes & VW) on the table and asked the students to each chose one and say what they can see on the picture and what it might have to do with Germans / Germany. The students quickly guessed that those were all stereotypes. I asked them about their experiences and what they thought about those stereotypes. I had prepared three pieces of paper saying ‘Stimmt oft’, ‘Stimmt manchmal’ and ‘Stimmt gar nicht’ and asked the students to put the flashcards on either one of the papers to say whether they believed they are mostly true, sometimes, and not at all. I also asked them to say why they thought so, this way we had a very lively discussion. Then I asked them to think about positive things about Germans and Germany. I handed them each four little pieces of paper and asked them to write down four different words or phrases that came to their mind. After a few minutes the students presented their results and told the group what they liked about Germans / Germany (e.g. educational system, landscape, manners). Then I showed the students a video on youtube, ‘Frag nen Deutschen’, where a German man talks about German stereotypes. After I showed the video a 2nd time, we talked about the stereotypes and whether or not they are rather true or false. At the end of the class I asked the students, if they knew any stereotypes about the Claremont Colleges and they told me about stereotypes of each of the five colleges.

How did students react?
The students seemed to like the activities very much and were eager to tell their impressions and their experiences about certain stereotypes. They were laughing a lot and seemed to enjoy the topic.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot with each other and we had a lively discussion. They were also very interested in my opinion and wanted to know, if those stereotypes were really true or not.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Flashcards of German stereotypes (Flashcards are printed and in my ADV conversation folder).
Colored pieces of paper to write down signal words or short phrases about Germany.
My Laptop + TV in the German Lounge.
Video on youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ0Bgw2vkAM

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. The students were very motivated and eager to share their thoughts and experiences. However, I probably wouldn’t use the youtube video again, it had a bad sound quality and at times it was difficult for the students to understand it.

RU F08 ADV Campus Tour

Class theme/topics discussed:
Campus tour

How did you pick this theme or topic?
From last year’s materials

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Walking tour around the campuses of Pomona and CMC Colleges. I had the students describe the buildings and talk about their history and special traditions connected with them.

How did students react?
They reacted very well
Did they engage with each other and you
yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV, Internet
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
yes

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