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FR S22 ADV – Cartoons (Toy Story)

Warm-up (10 minutes): Students share in groups of 3/4 what are/were their favorite cartoons and animated movies growing up and nowadays.

Activity 1: Screening of a video extract from Toy Story 1 (animated movie)–10 minutes-,

the French version: (l’arrivée de Buzz).

Students have to think about these two questions while watching the extract: Que se passe-t-il dans cette scène? Décrivez les personnages et ce qu’ils font? (What happens in this scene / describe the characters and what they are doing)

Vocabulary/cultural Input: (5/7 minutes) in this scene, as it is the French version, characters speak in a colloquial way and use a lot of idioms/expressions that French people use in their daily speech/conversations. Students are asked whether or not they know or understand the meaning of the following words and expressions mentioned in the extract:

Je l’ai pas fait exprès (faire exprès), Voilà qui tombe vraiment à pic (Tomber à pic), On arrête pas le progrès, causer (//parler), ultra moderne (at the cutting-edge)

Activity 2: Students are asked in groups of 3/4 to imagine they are film producers from Hollywood who wants to create a movie adaptation of Toy Story with real actors. They are casting directors and have to find actors and actresses who would according to them impersonate the best the animated versions. When they found the actors, they do a small presentation to convince me that their casting is the best one.

ES F20 INT/ADV Movie Genres/Storytelling

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Tamara Olivos

Day and Date: September 9, 2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Spanish intermediate

 Class theme/topics discussed: Movie Genres/Storytelling

Goal of the class: To narrate a story with a beginning, middle and end

How did you structure the class?

Ice-breaker: We play Taboo as a group. The instructor will send the “card” to a student in a private chat (see below). They will describe the word without using any of the “taboo” words. Students will take turns. You can add more words to the list or choose different words.

Warm-up: What’s your favorite movie? What is your favorite genre? Do you watch movies in Spanish?

Activity 1: Divide the class into groups. Each group will be assigned a genre (romance, horror, comedy). Add more genres if you have more students.

Step 1: each group writes the beginning of the story using the genre assigned.

Step 2: they exchange stories, and write the climax/middle using their assigned genre.

Step 3: exchange again and write the ending. The idea is that each story will have a mix of the genres.

Step 4: read the stories aloud

Create a Google Doc and share the link in the chat (make sure it’s set to everyone with the link can edit). All students will be working on the same document but on separate pages. The instructor can write lines or use colors to make it clearer (see link below). The teacher can see what students are doing in real time.

Activity 2: We choose a movie everyone has seen. In groups, students write a synopsis. The class votes on the most complete one. Then, we choose another movie and students write a synopsis with an alternative ending or changing some key details. We vote on the funniest one.

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

Google Docs


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

I didn’t anticipate the instructions to be so difficult to explain. I will try this class with the advanced group, it might go more smoothly. Once students understood the point of the google doc, they were very engaged and seemed to be having fun. Because it took a long time to explain, we didn’t finish activity 1. Next class we’ll continue on the topic and finish these activities.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

With the advanced class the first activity did go better but we still didn’t get to do activity 2 so maybe you should plan for a two classes. Encourage them to be as creative as they can to get more ridiculous stories.

 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.

Puente: NO PUEDES DECIR río atravesar colgante unir

Batería: NO PUEDES DECIR instrumento banda música tambor

Ayer: NO PUEDES DECIR mañana tiempo antes día

Noche: NO PUEDES DECIR luna estrellas oscuro día

Película: NO PUEDES DECIR cine actor director rodar

Cangrejo: NO PUEDES DECIR pinzas crustáceo caparazón caminar

Museo: NO PUEDES DECIR arte edificio pinturas cuadros

Sandia: NO PUEDES DECIR jugosa verano fruta semilla

Pijama: NO PUEDES DECIR ropa noche cama dormir

Pintar: NO PUEDES DECIR artista cuadro colores pincel

Doctor: NO PUEDES DECIR hospital anestesia operación enfermo

Flan: NO PUEDES DECIR leche molde postre huevos

Disfraz: NO PUEDES DECIR traje mascara fiesta carnaval

Vaso: NO PUEDES DECIR beber agua cristal vidrio

Aceituna: NO PUEDES DECIR negra olivo aceite verde

Hoja: NO PUEDES DECIR árbol papel cuaderno escribir

F20 Online: Movies

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

Maria Segura

Maria Glukhova

Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez

Day and Date:

Week 3-4, Fall 2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):


Class theme/topics discussed:


How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 – Talking about a specific movie (that you’ve asked your students to watch for the class)

  • While watching a movie, students should write down (in a shared Google Document) 10 words/phrases that they did not know, and that they want to use. Students should also write down an English translation for these words.
  • Each student needs to give 3 words that come to their mind when they think about the movie
  • They then need to explain their choices
  • Give 4 reasons to go and see the movie+ 1 reason not to (or the contrary).
  • Discussion about the themes used in the movie.

Activity 2 – General discussion about movies

  • What’s your favorite movie of all time?
  • What movie could you watch 50 times?
  • What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
  • What’s a movie you like even if everyone else hates it/you hate even if everyone else loves it?
  • If you could be the villain in any movie, who would you be and why?
  • If someone was to make a movie about your life, what would you like to see in it? What genre would it be? Name 3 things you’d like to be included in it?

Activity 3 – Getting to know French movies

  • Brainstorm about movie genres and characteristics
  • Show students trailers/posters of movies and ask them to guess with what synopsis and/or genre they match. Either create a poll, put students in breakout rooms or create a kahoot.
  • In pairs, the students are given the poster of a French movie and have to determine the genre and imagine the scenario of the movie. 
  • They then present the movie to the rest of the class: they first describe the poster, then  explain what they think the movie is going to be about.

Activity 4 – Jury at an Award

  • Variant #1: Students have to choose: meilleur film, meilleur acteur, meilleure actrice, meilleure musique de film, meilleurs decors, meilleurs costumes, meilleurs effets visuels/speciaux and to justify their decisions.
  • Variant #2 (cf Blanca): Students become part of the jury of the awards. After seeing part of the trailers of those films, they have to vote for the best film, best music and best animation (sharing their personal preferences and professional aspects that they can notice). 
  • Variant #3: Students watch a series of short films/animations that an LR chose for the class. All short films can be about one theme, or completely random. After watching them, students work in pairs and decide, which are their top 3 (they should come up with arguments). Then students present their choice to the class and try to prove that their top 3 was the best choice. 

Activity 5 – Creating your own movie

  • In pairs, students have to come up with a plot for a new movie. They are asked to choose random numbers that correspond to specific constraints they will have to put in their movies (genre/objects etc). They have to write on a shared google docs where they can find guidelines.
  • Potential variant (cf Blanca): Students become directors and potential leading actors and actresses. That is, each “director” interviews different potential actors in order to hire the most suitable one for a specific genre that will be randomly assigned. The directors will make questions that are important for them in order to hire an actor suitable for that film genre and the actors invent a personality that would be suitable for that genre as well. Once the interactions finish, the directors share the names of the hired actors and actresses and see if the assigned genres matched or not. 

Activity 6 – Turning it French

In pairs, ask students to choose a famous movie and imagine a French version/parody of it. When and where would it take place? Who would be the characters? Would the story change? Share a common google doc to allow them to write their thoughts and see how the others are going + give them guidelines (original movie/French version columns for instance)

Activity 7 [It was a great class about stereotypes!]

  1. Students should finish two sentences:

He was a true Russian/French/X, but he never…

She was a true Russian/French/X, but she never…

This frame helps to understand what stereotypes students have about ‘true Russians/Xs’, men and women (e.g., He was a true Russian, but he never drank vodka -> “drinking vodka” is an attribute of a stereotypical Russian person.

2. All the results from the previous activity should be written on a whiteboard. Then we talk about why and from where the students have such images of Russians/France/X.

3. In groups of 3-4, students should come up with their own movie script (maybe in a specific genre). The movie should be Hollywood-like and about a (stereo)typical Russian/X person as a protagonist. The teams should come up with an idea, a movie title, and a plot summary. If there is time, students should also draw a poster with all the information about the team and present it on a ‘festival’ to their colleagues.     

4. Conclusion and a follow-up discussion.

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

Zoom, Youtube

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

How could this class be improved/ modified?


Conversation Class Lesson Summary


Language Resident Name:

José Gómez


Day and Date:



Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish Advanced


Class theme/topics discussed: Unemployment, politics, Spain.


Goal of the class: To review vocabulary related to politics, economy and the job market. To discuss and raise awareness about the current political and financial situation in Spain.


How did you structure the class?


Head’s up: cultural events


Warm-up (10’)  ¿What would you like to do in the future?


Students will stand up and will mime so that the rest of people have to guess what they are. Students will not be allowed to say the name of the profession, they will have to explain in Spanish what the profession is about. I will brainstorm useful vocabulary in the whiteboard so that they keep it as a reference.


Activity 1 (video and discussion)


  1. (5’) Students will be asked what they know about the employment situation in Spain.
  2. (10’) An interactive short film will be shown on the screen. The video is called “La Entrevista” “The Interview”. The video is interactive as it stops at some point to prompt student’s reactions and guesses. It also includes some hints on vocab to facilitate comprehension.

The video tackles the topic of the over qualification at companies and how desperation pushes people to happily take any job that is under their skills. It all happens throughout a job interview in which the boss is clearly taking advantage of this precarious situation.

  • Students will also make notes on the questions the boss asks as they will use them in an activity later on.
  1. (10’) Discussion Feelings

What do you think is the main topic of the video?

What is wrong?

What does it say about the situation in Spain?

How could a society improve that?

Does it happen in your country?

Do you think that the fact that she is a woman influences the position?

Is it common in your country to see men as the boss and women as secretary or cleaner?


Activity 2 (20’) (JOB INTERVIEW/role play): In pairs, each student will take a role. One of them will be a manager, and the other one will be interviewed for the job. For this activity students will have some resources on how a job interview is carried out. Additionally, they will get a handout on the table with accurate questions so that they can improve their grammatical structures as well as their fluency.


First, they will prepare their role (one of them will prepare the profile of the candidate, and the other one will prepare the profile of the employer/company)


Then they will have an interview, at the end, some of the people will show their interview in front of the class.


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


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

This was one of the students’ favorite class since it allowed them to speak all the time, improve their grammar, as well as raising cultural awareness of the job situation in Spain..


How could this class be improved/ modified?

I think this class works very well, sometimes it can take longer and might be split into two classes.


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.


Find attached below the possible job interview questions that I have given them in a handout

ADV 04:09 WORK ready

RU S17 ADV Working with video fragments

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Tatiana Ermolaeva

Day and Date: Tuesday, 04/04/2017

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Russian, Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: working with video fragments 

Goal of the class: practice listening and speaking skills

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm up. General questions on how their day went.
  2. Watch a video: and answer the questions:

– Who are the main characters?

– Describe the main character.

– What is happening in the video?

– What do you think will happen next?

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

Internet, TV

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

The class went well, we discussed the show and why it was difficult to watch it.

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.



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