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FR S11 INT/ADV – French news (ethics)

French news: bébé medicament ou bébé espoir? + project

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I watched the French news the day before and thought it would be interesting to discuss it with the students.

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

Group discussion
Debate
General discussion

How did students react?

Well. I think they were interested in it and had different views about the topic so it was interesting to listen to them.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

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

French news on tf1 website

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Intermediate 2/8

1. PROJECT – 15 min
⇒ In pairs, they have to find real ideas of projects(not just general ideas)
⇒ Then they explain it to the other pair
⇒ We all discuss it and decide

2. NEWS – 30 min

a. Introduction of the topic: bébé in vitro pour sauver sa soeur
b. Video: http://videos.tf1.fr/jt-20h/le-20-heures-du-8-fevrier-2011-6268191.html
c. We make sure they all understood the topic – 10 min
d. in pairs they discuss – 5 min

Bébé médicament ou bébé espoir?
Instrumentalisation de l’être humain?

e. then in 2 groups, one for and against
⇒ they think about arguments – 5 min
⇒ they defend their position after the other – 10 min

RU S11 ADV Discussion Activity

Class theme/topics discussed:
Free discussion based on given questions.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It’s a fun activity that promotes free discussion in class and imitates a journalist’s interview.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, general discussion.
How did students react?
They pondered more on some questions, but as a rule they were willing to share their thoughts and opinions on at least a couple of them.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Handouts.
Please attach a copy.
Lesson 3_Jan 25_Discussion Questions

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, it imitates a situation of real-life conversation and requires to present and support personal opinions on various broad issues.

Advanced Russian
Lesson 3
January 25, 2011

1. News of the day.

2. Vocabulary revision (vocab from last class) – distribute the handout “Vocab Revision”.

3. Game (cut in strips the handout “Discussion Questions”) – students draw questions from a pile and discuss them sharing their opinions/ experiences. Before starting the activity, tell that the questions are random and that students should imagine themselves being interviewed for a magazine/ show.

DE F10 INT Debate

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 23rd Nov. 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
The North Korea conflict

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I had planned something totally different, but one of my students brought up the North Korea conflict, because it had been in the news this day. Because my other students seemed very interested in that, I changed my plans. So we read a newspaper article about the recent news about North Korea online and discussed it

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Reading the article together, discussing the content and vocabs.

How did students react?
Liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, it was the topic they chose, so they were very engaged

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

Please attach a copy.
www.zeit.de

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Not necessarily this topic, because other students might not be that interested in it. But I would recommend changing the lesson plan, when students come up with a very interesting topic.

ES F10 ADV Gay legislation

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 09/21/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Gay Marriage

How did you pick this theme or topic?
There was a talk about this topic and my students wanted to talk about it.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First we talked about the laws in both the United States and the Spanish speaking countries. Then, one of my students, who was organizing the talk, took over and moderated the debate for and against gay marriage and whether or not gay people should be able to donate blood.

How did students react?
They love this kind of debates and this one was especially intense and great!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did!

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

Please attach a copy.

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

Why or why not?
They love debating and if it’s a controversial topic it’s even better!

ES S10 INT/ADV Bullfighting

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 03/30/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Bullfighting

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is a very controversial topic in Spain and Latin America and the students wanted to talk about it.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We did a small grammar exercise, then we watched some videos about it and finally debated for and against it.

How did students react?
They liked it and they thought it was very interesting to know much more about it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
They engage very well with each other, and with me.

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

Please attach a copy.

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

Why or why not?
Yes, it’s important for them to know about this and, even though it was a bit controversial, they enjoyed debating about it.

21st Class INT
21st Class INT Ejercicio de gramática
21st Class INT Toro
21st Class INT Pros y cons

FR S10 ADV – Spring break + project (Iron chef)

Spring Break + Project (Iron chef)

How did you pick this theme or topic?

They had just gone for Spring Break so I thought it was a good idea to use this topic to talk, and I also wanted to talk more about the project.

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

Discussion in pairs then general

How did students react?

They reacted well and had a lot to say since they had done many things for Spring Break. They also had ideas for the project.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

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

Sheets of paper

Please attach a copy.

Here is the plan I had with me

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes

Advanced 3/23

1. Spring Break
→ 10 minutes of talk in pairs to tell their Spring Break
→ 10 minutes of sharing; they have to introduce what their partner did
→ 10 min of general discussion about it + what we do in France

2. Project
→ Iron Chef? Top Chef? Scenario or real competition
→ They have to explain me the meaning
→ They have to vote for what they would prefer doing
→ if two clear teams, then they have to think about arguments to defend their opinion and then express them (think about budget/time to do it/editing?…)
→ we choose something

ES S10 INT/ADV Legalization Marihuana

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 02/23/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Legalization of Marihuana

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I decided to start doing some debates and I wanted to pick a topic that would motivate them and make them talk.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We talked about the laws in California about legalization of marihuana. Then we did an exercise of vocabulary, watched some videos and had a debate at the end of the class.

How did students react?
They really liked the debate and were eager to talk.

Did they engage with each other and you?
They engaged very good with each other and with me.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Crosswords and videos from youtube attached.

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

Why or why not?
They all had something to say and knew a lot about it.

11th Class INT
Crucigrama drogas
Legalizacion maria
Class 11th EXPLANATION

FR S10 ADV – relationships #2

Relationships #2

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I didn’t have time to do all I had planned in the previous lesson, and the topic is so vast that one hour is not enough to talk about everything with 10 people. It is such a good topic to make them talk that I thought I could use it for another class.

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

Debates in groups
General discussions

How did students react?

They reacted very well. They had a lot of ideas to build up their arguments.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes they engaged a lot with each other since they had to find arguments, and then to defend them.

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

None

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was very productive, and I think that making them debate is a good way of getting them involved and productive in speech since they are often competitive and want to win.
They were so interested that we kept on talking about this topic in the next class.

Advanced 02/18

1. Warm-up – 10 min

2. Debate – 30 min

– 3 groups
– I ask a question with two possible answers
– each group has to take one side
– the remaining group is the jury

– 5 min to prepare the arguments
– then, debate
– then, the jury decides which group was the more convincing (they have to go out and discuss it) and explains why

questions à débattre

==> Lequel est le plus important selon vous; le travail ou le mariage ?

==> Que choisiriez-vous entre vivre avec quelqu’un qui vous aime mais que vous n’aimez pas en retour, ou vivre seul pour le reste de votre vie tout en aimant une personne qui ne vous aime pas en retour ?

==> Est-ce plus facile ou plus difficile de vivre avec quelqu’un d’une autre nationalité ?

==> Le mariage est-il pour la vie ?

3. General questions – 20 min

==> What are some dating and marriage customs in your country?
• If you are a man, and a woman asks you for a date, do you feel you should pay, or that the woman should pay?
• Do you “go Dutch” when dating?
• What are your country’s norms or laws on displays of public affection?

==> What do you think of the show ‘the bachelor’?
==> How long does it take for dating to become a relationship?
==> What do you consider cheating in a dating relationship?
==> At what age do most people in your country get married?
==> What is a wedding ceremony like in your country?
==> Do you know of any superstitions connected with weddings?

ES F09 INT/ADV Game

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 11/24/2009

Class theme/topics discussed:
Watching the results of the Talk Show / What am I doing in the world!?

How did you pick this theme or topic?
We watched the results of their talk shows, something they loved and for the rest of the class we played this game.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I wrote down the names of 40 things that go from countries to famous people and they had to decide and defend why they were useful to the world.

How did students react?
They really liked this activity and loved the video with their songs.

Did they engage with each other and you?
They engaged perfectly with each other and in the end, they could perfectly explain their reasons to the rest of the class.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
A chart with the useful or no useful things.

Please attach a copy.
See next page.

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

Why or why not?
They liked it a lot and gave them the opportunity to express their ideas. There were some really funny stories too.

List of things:

Un bolígrafo

Michael Jackson

El Papa

Agua

Un mono

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Un Árbol

Un ordenador Mac

La television

Unas tijeras

Los post-it

George Bush

Un chupa-chups

Un coche

Una puerta

Papel higiénico

Vladimir Putin

Hugo Chávez

Un tren

Una papelera

Una cámara de fotos

El imperfecto de subjuntivo

Hello Kitty

Portugal

Canadá

Un CD

Britney Spears

Shakira

La Atlántida

Irlanda

Jabón

Coca-Cola

Ban-Ki Moon

Metrolink

Un zapato

Un tanga

DE F09 ADV Fall of the Wall

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 10. November 2009

Class theme/topics discussed: The fall of the Berlin Wall

How did you pick this theme or topic? This lesson was one of the last ones before the German Special Dinner, which will be centered on the fall of the Berlin Wall. So I thought it might be interesting for my students to learn and talk a little bit about how the Berlin Wall was built, separated Germany and then finally fell.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked the students about their knowledge of the Berlin Wall and how it came down in 1989. Then, I handed them an article about the Fall of the Berlin Wall, which we read and discussed. I asked them some more questions (e.g. “Do you think everyone was happy that the Wall fell?” or “Do you think it is possible that there might be another Wall sometime in the future?”) and the students discussed these quite lively. Then, I told them about the upcoming German Special Dinner and my ideas for it. I told them that we would like to have bricks on every table to represent pieces of the Berlin Wall and that they could draw on these bricks. I handed out 4 bricks to them (2 each) and pens and my students started drawing. Meanwhile we were talking about the German Dinner.

How did students react?
At first, the students did not seem very excited about the topic, maybe because they are not especially interested in German history. But later in the lesson, when I asked them about their ideas for painting the ‘Wall’ and when we started to paint the bricks, the students had a lot of fun.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. More in the second activity.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Article on the Berlin Wall
Slideshow on computer
Bricks

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, I would. But I would try to make the theoretic part of this lesson more interesting.

 

 

DE F09 ADV Men-Women

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 3. November 2009

Class theme/topics discussed: Typisch Mann und typisch Frau

How did you pick this theme or topic? I did this with my German 33 class and they really liked the topic. So I thought my other students might like it as well.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First of all, I asked my students about stereotypes of men and women. We made a list and they drew a cluster. Afterwards we read a text about men and women (“Wer putzt und wer verdient das Geld?”). I asked my students about their opinion on this and we had a very interesting talk. Afterwards, I told my students to have a discussion. One of them was supposed to be in favor of traditional roles and the other one in favor of a modern view.

How did students react?
The students were very interested and were eager to share their opinions.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot. We had a very interesting and lively discussion.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Whiteboard
Text (“Wer putzt und wer verdient das Geld?”)

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, I would. The students liked the topic and it stimulated a great discussion. It might have been more interesting though, if we could have heard a man’s point of view (both my students are female).

 

ES F09 INT/ADV Spanish Regions

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 09/15/2009

Class theme/topics discussed:
Clichés within Spain.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I thought it could be interesting to figure out how much they know about Spain and present it in an interesting way.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I decorated the lounge with both images of Andalusia and Catalonia and split the students into two groups. We started with a warm up activity, then a text to fill in the gaps and finish with a discussion on why should the others visit their region.

How did students react?
They didn’t participate and it was really hard to have them talking. They knew very little about the regions and didn’t enjoy it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Not much. They worked well in groups but with difficulties.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Images and other info from Internet.

Please attach a copy.
See next page.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
I would, but maybe with other groups.

Why or why not?
They didn’t like the topic but maybe because they didn’t know much about it, so it should be better to compare two countries instead of two regions (such as Mexico and Spain).

5th Class INT
5th Class IB
5th Class Cataluna
5th Class Andalucia

RU F08 ADV Crime and Punishment. Role-Play “In the Court”

Class theme/topics discussed:
Сrime and punishment
Role play “in the Court”

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Last year’s materials
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
group discussion of contemporary issues, role-play

How did students react?
They were very excited and willing to talk a lot.
Did they engage with each other and you
yes

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

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
yes
Why or why not?
The students liked to argue and enjoyed debating sharing their opinion on the topic. The game went very well too. I would definitely use this lesson plan in future.

Lesson plan 14

The topic discussed:
Сrime and punishment
Role play “in the Court”

Warm-up (10 min):
Answer the questions:

Ответьте на вопросы
1. Что вы думаете о смертной казни? Аргументируйте свой ответ и приведите примеры.
2. Как следует наказывать преступников, которые совершили:
• Порчу имущества (граффити на улице)
• Вандализм
• Угон машины?
• Похищение ребенка
3. Что должен делать закон с людьми, которые пьют алкоголь и водят машину?
4. Следует ли сделать некоторые наркотики (курение марихуаны) легальным? Какие ваши ЗА и ПРОТИВ?
5. Как вы думаете, следует принять закон, по которому полицейские смогут останавливать и досматривать на улице всех без ордера?

Practice (30 min):
Play a role-play “At the court”:

Игра “Всем встать, суд идет!”
Разыграйте суд, используя следующие факты. Решите, виноват ли обвиняемый, и какой приговор ему нужно вынести. Каждый должен выступить в суде!

Действующие лица:
• Пострадавшая
• Обвиняемый
• Прокурор
• Адвокат
• Свидетель 1,2 и т.д.
• Судья

Легенда:
Молодая девушка Марина возвращалась домой после работы поздно ночью (около 12:30 ночи), когда из-за поворота на улице Кузнечной неожиданно вылетела машина Лада (Ваз 2109 зеленого цвета) на большой скорости, сбила ее и скрылась. Девушке оторвало левую руку. Сергей Корольков, водитель машины явился с повинной только через три дня.

FR S08 ADV – Presidential election

Discussion about the debates before the elections.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Everyone is talking about the elections, the candidates, the debates so I thought that it would be a good idea to compare the two systems.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked them questions about the debates in the US, how does it work, where they take place, how many they have…
I showed the French debate before the second round of the presidential elections in 2007 between Sarkozy and Royal. It was an oral comprehension exercise as well as a comparison between the American debates that they had watched.
They showed an excerpt of the French News on France 2 and did a “fill in the blank” exercise with the script I had written down. It gave them the opportunity to see what the French medias was thinking about the election.

How did students react?
They really liked it they all got involved in the discussion.

Did they engage with each other and you?
YES

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
yes

FR S08 ADV – technology

Debate about technology

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Maria and Elya did it in their class and it worked well.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
1) brainstorming: what does technology make you think of?
2) reading of an article from “ Le monde” about the dangers of technology (files kept everywhere, idea that we are watched…) each group of 2 had one section of the article dealing with one specific device or system, or danger.
3) answering questions I gave them/ debate

How did students react?
It was fun when we talked about how we are addicted to technology. Some of the students asserted that they could live without it while others were like “NEVER!”
Also, that class was specifically noisy in terms of phone ringing.
They agreed on the fact that technology in itself is not dangerous but it’s the misuse of it that is dangerous.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
yes

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