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DE F20 INT/ADV – St. Martin’s Day & Lantern crafting

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Eva Saunders

Day and Date: 11/12/2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate & Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: St. Martin’s Day

Goal of the class: Learn about German culture and master casual conversation

How did you structure the class?

A) Warm-Up: Have you heard of St. Martins Day or seen lantern-walks before? Why are they happening?

Watch short cartoon about St. Martin:


B) Activity: Make a lantern as is a custom in Germany on 11/11 while listening to songs that are traditionally sung, like  “Ich geh mit meiner Laterne“ and “Laterne, Laterne”.

Here is an example for an easy lantern: http://www.labbe.de/zzzebra/index.asp?themaid=237&titelid=4116
This one is made poking holes, alternatively you can have the students cut out shapes with small scissors and glue tissue paper behind it.

Maybe watch video of actual St. Martin’s procession towards the end, when people are settled in with crafting (you can find some on Youtube).

C) Discussion while crafting or after: What were your favorite Childhood activities this time of year? Is there something similar in your culture?

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.) Props: Share Screen function in Zoom, Chat, Youtube, Spotify, Course Website as a resource for homework and reference.

I emailed students a few days before with what is needed so they could get the supplies needed for making the lanterns (cardboard box, scissors, thumb tacks, glue, tissue paper, fake candle, etc.).

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

The students very much enjoyed making the lanterns. It is a bit hard to make them multi-task, so they became chattier once they were almost done with their work. It worked well to listen to some traditional songs while they were crafting and showing the videos in the beginning & end.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I’d leave it as is. And we took a screenshot photo with all our lanterns at the end, which made a fun memory.

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.

Virtual Handout in target language:  https://courses.pomona.edu/la-german-2020/blog/2020/11/12/13-1-class-23-11-12-2020/   (Password: GERMAN)

DE F20 INT/ADV – Christmas Escape Room

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Eva Saunders

Day and Date: 11/24/2020

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediante/Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Christmas & the holidays

Goal of the class: Learning about German customs and escaping Krampus’ mine

How did you structure the class?

A) Warm-Up: With the lights off and your Zoom background set to a coal mine, tell the students they have been captured and brought to a coal mine because they opened their advent calendars too early! Impersonating Krampus for this is highly recommended & fun (I wore a Santa hat and used a flash light to make myself look frightening)

B) Give them the “escape room” game Google Sheet link and explain (as “Krampus”) how they are going to find the code word to get out (which is “Merry Christmas” in German, but backwards, see Key sheet). Stress that they are supposed to talk to each other to solve riddles together, one at a time. Then set a timer for 45-50 minutes for them to solve the questions and to guess the code word.

It’s good to remind them of the time they have left every once in a while (half time and maybe 5 minutes before, depending how they are doing on time). I plan about 5 minutes per question on average as a guideline. If they are taking longer, feel free to help them a bit by telling them if their answer is right or wrong before they type them in, to avoid detours. And giving hints or more information about a correct answer works well, too.

C) Once the game is finished, go over the answers the students provided or answer any outstanding questions about Christmas in Germany.

D) Extra activity: Watch “Cat-A-Claws”, a 2-minute Christmas themed cat movie https://vimeo.com/381605666 (this is my own production, but available publicly). Find traditions and words we talked about in the movie.

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.): Share Screen function in Zoom, Chat, Google Sheets, Vimeo, Course Website as a resource for homework and reference

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

The students enjoyed the surprise escape room very much and solved the riddles just in time. I clarified some things during the game and helped a bit to keep it moving. It was a fun way to learn!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I’ve tried this both with just one student and a group of three students and both took about 45-50 minutes to finish it. If the group is much larger, communication might be hard so they should probably be split up into groups of three or four and you can jump from room to room to help if necessary.

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.

Virtual Handout in target language https://courses.pomona.edu/la-german-2020/blog/2020/11/24/13-1-class-25-11-23-2020/ (Password: GERMAN)

Note: You can use the key document for yourself and then load the blank template tab into Google Sheets to have the students work in the same document. It’s best if one student shares their screen of it so all can see what’s asked.

ES S12 ADV Religion

Language and Section: SPA 13.2

Date: 02/21/2011

Class theme/topics discussed: Religion

Goal of the class: To introduce new and emerging religious forms in Uruguay and discuss the topic of Religion in general

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

We watched two videos about emerging religions in Uruguay: Pare de Sufrir and Umbanda. We discussed the context that lead to the rise of these new religious forms.

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

Youtube, Tv

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

The students were very, very interested in the topic and even shocked at the examples of Pare de Sufrir’s TV programming; they were very talkative, asking a lot of questions and making very intelligent observations about the role of Religion in the public discourse.

How could this class be improved/ modified?
– Perhaps a link with other, American religions would be useful.

ES F11 INT/ADV: Religion

Language and Section:  SPA 13.2

 Date:  12/1/2011

 Class theme/topics discussed: Religion

 Goal of the class: To talk about religion in general and about new, growing religions in Uruguay.

 Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

–        I introduced language and concepts related to the two fastest growing religions in Uruguay (Umbanda and Pare de Sufrir); both has spiritist elements and began their rise during the economic crisis of 2002. Terms used:

– Pai/Mai

– Orisha

– “Trabajo”

 

– Pastor

– “Dios vivo”

– Espíritu maligno

 

–        We watched a short video on Pare de Sufrir on youtube; it features a “Pastor” trying to perform an exorcism via the TV.

–        We talked about religion in America and Uruguay

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

TV, laptop, whiteboard. Video used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6UlOZ5HVq0

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

 The topic was very, very motivating for the students. We talked a lot about religion and they were very interested in its social and political role. They linked the new information with different religious movements in America. Everyone participated a lot. WARNING: since this is a very sensitive topic, I waited until very late in the semester, when I knew my students enough to feel comfortable approaching it.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 I should have saved two classes for this, as I did it right before the end of the semester and could not follow up on it.

 Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

RU F11 ADV Books and Storytelling

Language and Section: Russian – PO Russ 13.1

Date: 15.11.2011 

Class theme/topics discussed: Books and Storytelling

Goal of the class: developing speaking skills; learning vocabulary for discussing and describing books and literature; learning other registers of the language

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below): 

regist Plan attached.

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

None

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

Everything worked wonderful; students talked a lot and exchanged their opinions.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

The Bible is a sensible topic to discuss; when I was carrying out this lesson, I was pretty sure none of my students were very religious. Still to be on the safe side, I asked them first. If there are some fundamental Christians, it’s better to choose another book (see ideas in the lesson plan).

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE F10 INT Christmas

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Conversation Intermediate

Date: 30th Nov 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Christmas

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It’s Christmas soon.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave them 2 papers, one with vocabs and the other one with the corresponding pictures. The students had to cut the pictures and put them next to the words. After that we talked about the different Christmas traditions we have.

How did students react?
They liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
It’s the time of the year, everybody likes Christmas.

DE F10 INT St. Martin

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 16th Nov 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
St. Martin

How did you pick this theme or topic?
St. Martin is a Christian holiday, which is celebrated in Germany on 11th Nov.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We read a text about the life of St. Martin about his life and the traditions that we have in Germany. Students learned some vocabulary and we discussed the text.

How did students react?
Like to learn about the traditions in Germany

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

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

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

Why or why not?
Students are interested in traditions from Germany.

DE F10 INT Religious Holidays

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate

Date: 09-23-10

Class theme/topics discussed:
Religious holidays

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It was Yom Kippur and I did knot know what was celebrated on that day. Two of my students are Jew, one is Catholic.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked them to prepare a presentation. We worked in groups. The two jewish kids made a presentation about their holidays and me and the other student made a list of catholic holidays.

How did students react?
They liked it and were interested in the other culture.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
None.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
If you have students who have different religions then yes, otherwise it could be boring.

FR F09 INT/ADV – Caricatures

caricatures

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to talk about freedom of speech and compare what is doable here and in France.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I had brought some “Charlie Hebdo” newspapers as well as a bunch of caricatures of Bush, Obama, Sarkozy, the pope. First I asked them what the use of caricatures was, and who could be criticized.
Then I divided them into groups and asked and gave them either “sarko” or the Pope… and also asked them to look at some of the caricatures in Charlie hebdo. Then Altogether, each group had to describe some of their caricatures.
Then I showed a caricature of “Mahomet” on the Charlie hebdo cover and explain the controversy and we talked about the caricatures of Mahomet published in the Danish newspaper.
I asked them if religion could be criticized that much in the US…

How did students react?
They liked most the caricatures, and they were interested in knowing some of the underlying stories behind them (about Segolene royal…)

Did they engage with each other and you?
yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Slideshow, newspaper fill in the blank

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

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