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JP F18 INT/ADV Thanksgiving

Language Resident Name: Ayaka Matsuo

Day and Date: Tuesday, November 27th

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced Japanese 

Class theme/topics discussed: Thanksgiving

Goal of the class: To be able to talk about / listen to Thanksgiving Holiday. 

How did you structure the class?

Activity1 (10 min): Warm-up

I talk about my Thanksgiving holiday. This is going to be a game, two truths and a lie. I write three key words that are related to my Thanksgiving holiday on the whiteboard and talk a bit about each word. Then students ask one question each. After everyone asks one question, they guess what key word is a lie. 

Activity2 (45 min): Two Truths and A Lie

I give students a few minutes to think about their key words. Then, one student presents his/her Thanksgiving as I showed. Every student gets a chance to talk about theirs. 

Activity3 (5 min): Wrap-up

We choose who was the best liar and who was the most honest one. 

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

It worked really well. Students were really engaged into the game, paying attention to everyone very carefully. I tried to manage the time but it didn’t go well as I calculated. So not everyone had a chance to talk about. However, I believe it would have been better this way than dividing the class into two groups because students are very close each other and they wanted to know each one’s Thanksgiving story.  

How could this class be improved/ modified?As for time management, the class could be divided into two groups or warm-up could be shorter. 

DE F17 ADV Thanksgiving

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ines Fister

Day and Date: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Thanksgiving

Goal of the class: Students use vocabulary learned and talk about their Thanksgiving holidays

How did you structure the class?  

4.15-4.20 (5mins): Save the date – 4 Cultural activities

4.20-4.30 (10mins): Review Thanksgiving vocabulary; bomb-game (use bomb from the game “Tick Tack Bumm” in German LR apartment): each person has to say one word related to thanksgiving and after that they can pass the bomb to the next person. The person who holds the bomb when it explodes cannot participate in the regular game anymore, but has to act as a “lifeline”. Each player can ask for help from these students, but only once during the game.

 4.30-4.45 (15mins): students come up with questions about their Thanksgiving holidays: 2 groups (5 and 6 students); 12 questions (number questions like: 1., 1.1, 2., 2.1, …) for each group – they type them in the MacBook; LR assists and makes sure that the final questions are grammatically correct.

 4.45-5.15 (30mins): students dice and answer the question with the number they get; if they get the same number again, they use the second question for that number (e.g. 3. and 3.1). After approximately half of the time, the groups swap the questions they came up with.

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

mac books for students, dice

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

They liked to talk about Thanksgiving but one group was much more energetic and motivated than the other. This happens a lot; maybe switching people between the groups could help to improve that.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

make 10 questions (1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2….) and if they dice 6, the person should switch the group.

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.

 

DE F17 INT Thanksgiving

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ines Fister

 Day and Date: Monday, Nov 20, 2017

 Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German, intermediate, 3 students

 Class theme/topics discussed: Thanksgiving

 Goal of the class: Students learn basic vocabulary about Thanksgiving

 How did you structure the class?  

4.15-5.45 (30mins): Story telling – my funny Thanksgiving (story cubes from German LR closet). Each student gets 5 story cubes (= dice with various symbols) and has to tell a story about Thanksgiving which includes all the symbols they diced. The other students have to guess which part of the story came from the cubes. Students can ask for and look up vocabulary.

5.45-5.15 (30mins): collect all vocab on the board; students handcraft a vocabulary turkey – all the new words are written on feathers made from paper; they can color the feathers and the turkey (prepared by LR) as they want and stick all the feathers on the turkey – it’s a nice decoration for the classroom or the bulletin board.

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

whiteboard, story cubes; handcrafting materials (paper, scissors, colors, glue or tape)

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

It worked very well, but we would have needed a little more time. They had troubles telling an exciting story that also has to do with thanksgiving; but as they are intermediate that is okay.

 How could this class be improved/ modified?

Add some basic vocab work before having them telling the story. Repeat all the vocab in the end. If you have enough time, each student could make their own turkey – for example assign them different themes like family, food and activities. The activity, including the additional proposals made, could be planned for two lessons.

 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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