Conversation Class Lesson
Language Resident Name:
Day and Date:
Language and Level (intermediate
or advanced class):
Class theme/topics discussed:
Introduction, get to know each other
Goal of the class:
Get to know each other, set the goals for the semester, create a good atmosphere among the students
How did you structure the class?
Activity 1 (5 min): Mini
presentation about the class and myself. I told the students that this was
going to be “their” class as they would choose the topics we would discuss in
the class (see activity 5).
Activity 2 (15 min): Ice-breaker.
I handed four pieces of paper to each student and told them to write their
name, hometown, major/minor and one hobby on every piece. Then I collected the
pieces and mixed them. Afterwards, I handed them out again and told them to
take a guess to whom it belongs. Therefore, the students were walking around
the classroom and interviewing each other. When they found the person to whom
the piece of paper belonged to, they gave it back to them. Finally, each
student introduced himself to the class.
Activity 3 (10 min): Another
ice-breaker. We played “bingo”. In this game, the students would have a work
sheet with different boxes. In those, they would find an attribute, like “has a
tattoo”. The students then had to go around the classroom and find a person
that fits this criterium and fill in the box with the name of the person.
Activity 4 (10 min): Another
ice-breaker. The students would get together in pairs of two. One of them would
be the interviewer and the other one the interviewee. The interviewer would
have 5 minutes and, in this time, try to get to know the other person as well
as possible. The person would be able to ask any kind of question. The
interviewer would write everything down. After 5 minutes they would change
roles. After 5 minutes, everyone would present their results to the big group.
Activity 5 (5 min): We
brainstormed the goals for the semester and also the topics the students want
to discuss in class. We agreed that I would create a semester plan (with the
topics) for the next time which we would discuss then.
Activity 6 (10 min): I handed out the conversation agreements. I made sure that the agreement made sense to everyone. Additionally, I added what I expected from the conversation class (rules, set of behavior, etc.). In the end, everyone signed the agreement. You can do this in English if the proficiency is not that good to do it in German.
What technology, media or props
did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Whiteboard and marker
What worked well in this class?
What did not work?
The students were pretty proficient in German so we were able to talk
more than the tasks I requested. I felt that we created a good atmosphere for
the first class and that the students were genuinely interested. Also, I felt
that the students were highly motivated and genuinely wanted to participate in
How could this class be
I would keep it as it is.
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.