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ES F18 INT Publicity

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: JOSE GOMEZ

Day and Date: 11/14/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Adverts and marketing

Goal of the class: To discover a bit more of Spanish culture through commercials, to practice hypothesis

How did you structure the class?

Pre-warm up (10’):

Students will answer these questions in pairs and will share later with the whole group

Publicidad:

¿Qué tipo de publicidad hay en tu país?

¿Crees que te afecta a la hora de comprar cosas?

¿Dónde sueles ver publicidad?

¿Es más efectiva en TV, o en Instagram y otras redes sociales?

students watch a controversial American commercial and give their opinion about it.

We use an American one to compare later with Spanish commercials.

Activity 1 (30’):

Students get a piece of paper with 6 different commercial slogans. Then, they have to guess what product these slogans are selling and why

After that, they will see if they were right or wrong by seeing the actual adverts.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdNKhn6WCSo
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIHRh496i7g
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jtG7GBjfhM
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yPqfFWACw8
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD7HmnxexFI
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO_Y_OFHLMg
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR6WfTlKt30
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttGUj6KS6C4
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pCtXJDjiGs

Actividad 2 (20’): Students create their own advert of a product.

They have to imagine that they work for a marketing company. I will bring some items to class and in groups they will have to create an advert and act it out in class. They should include features and the slogan of their advert.

The rest of the students get a worksheet to write good and bad aspects of the classmates’ product. Then, they can make questions about the product and therefore bringing a discussion about the topic.

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

6 sheets about slogans

Youtube

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

Students learn a lot about the Spanish culture if you add some comments before the commercials of after them. They really enjoy edit and managed to think about very creative products.

Bringing authentic materials is always interesting for students

I used a worksheet from the webpage ELEINTERNACIONAL

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How could this class be improved/ modified?

Maybe some more updated commercials would have been better. Also, using a worksheet for students to rate their classmates’ products was great. They got more engaged and it helped develop discussion.

 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.

¿Qué es lo último que compraste en Amazon y por qué?  
¿Cómo crees que te influencian los anuncios de Youtube?  
¿Por qué tienes un Iphone y no un Android? ¿Por qué un Android y no un Iphone?  
¿Prefieres llevar ropa de marca? ¿Cuál es la marca de la ropa que llevas puesta?  
¿Cuál es la última publicidad que has visto en Instagram? ¿Crees que es más efectiva que en Televisión?  
¿Estarías dispuesto a pagar por Spotify Premium para evitar anuncios?  
¿Crees que la publicidad americana es agresiva o irrespetuosa?  
Háblame de algún anuncio que recuerdes ¿qué tiene de especial?  

ES F18 INT: Future

ES-INT-F18-Future-and-habits

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: JOSE GOMEZ

Day and Date: 11/11/2018

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

Class theme/topics discussed:Habits, and future.

Goal of the class: Review vocabulary about daily routines and talk about future events.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5’):

Students review quickly the grammar forms in the future.

Activity 2 (25):

Students are shown a video with different clips. Each clip stops and students has to make a prediction of what is going to happen. All the video are supposed to be funny and bring up creative predictions.

Activity 3 (30’)

Now that they have practice the future and have made predictions. Students get a crystal ball to predict the future to their classmates. They get the story cubes in order to help them create stories. They need to stick to the structures required for this speech act.

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

Powerpoint presentation

16 sheets of paper with visual material

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

The activity with the video turned out to be very fun and entertaining for the students. The story cubes activity was also really fun, they came up with crazy stories and they managed to product the correct structures. They had visual aid the whole time on the screen in case they forgot the form.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I had to divide this class in two because it took too much time.

 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.

ES F18 ADV Rosalía (Spanish culture and music)

ES-ADV-F18-Rosalía

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: José Gómez

Day and Date:

09/18/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:  

.Goal of the class: To learn and discuss about traditions in Spain.  To discover new music artists in Spain

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1:

Students get a piece of paper with prompts to discuss about their musical taste

They stand up and walk around asking each other

Activity 2:

Students are asked the features that a good artist needs to have. We write those words in the whiteboard

Activity 3:

Students look up the artist Rosalía on Instagram. They describe what they see and what they think of her.

Activity 4:

We brainstorm different elements from the Spanish culture. Students are guided with a powerpoint presentation in order to get them to discuss about semana santa, bullfighting, suburbs…

Activity 5:

Students watch the Malamente music video by Rosalia. They have toidentify the elements we have learnt before. Then we discuss how they arerepresented in the video and figure out the meaning of the video.

Activity 6:

Now that students are more familiar with the artist and the imagery. We discuss about elements that are relevant also in the US. Cultural appropriation and Rosalía.

Activity 7: If there is time, we watch another music video by the same artist that shows similar topics, and discuss the different elements portrayed in it.

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

We used prompts to bring up the topic at the beginning of the class.

We also used a powerpoint presentation to bring the imagery of the artist to the classroom and make it more fun to engage in the topic.

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

This class worked very well with advanced students because they really liked the artist. They could see and discuss elements from the Spanish culture that they were already familiar with, and put them into a different perspective. After this class, this artist became a recurrent topic in class, students would follow her progress and the new material she was releasing. It was a fantastic resource for them to bring Spanish home and keep practicing. 

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.

There is a PowerPoint presentation attached.

ES F18 ADV Fear

ES-ADV-F18-Fear

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

José Gómez

Day and Date:

10/13/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:   Fear

Goal of the class: Learn vocabulary about fear and express emotions

How did you structure the class?

Head’s up (FLRC Open House) (5’)

Activity 1 (10’):

Students get asked about Fear and the things that they feel fear about.

Activity 2 (15’):

Students get some phrases to react to different things that might make them be scared. They comment on them using the vocabulary that they are given.

Activity 3 (10’):

 Students listen to the audio of a scary movie video. They only hear it and have to hypothesize about it.

Activity 4 (5’):

 Students see the video, comment upon it and confirm their hypothesis.

Activity 5 (20’):

Students get some slips of paper with different situations of risk. They are asked to say how they would react to those situations. After that, in groups of 3. They have to choose one of their situations and propose an alternative ending to it.

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

We used slips of paper with prompts.


We used Youtube and a PowerPoint presentation

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

Most of the students really enjoyed the class since it somehow brought some suspense. Also, they could be creative with the stories at the end which they enjoyed a lot.

Some of the students are not into scary things, so they felt a bit uncomfortable at times, but I gave a disclaimer at the beginning of the class and they were fine with it.

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 ADV Conversation Project Reflection

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Ines Fister

Day and Date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

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

 Class theme/topics discussed: Reflection of conversation project work and result; the students created a music video

Goal of the class: students should reflect upon their work and give feedback to each other

 How did you structure the class?  

4.15-4.20 (5mins): What are we going to do today, LR has prepared the plan on the whiteboard (5 steps)

4.20-4.25 (5mins): step 1 Re-watch video (sing along) and reflect individually (printed handout, worksheet1)

4.25-4.30 (5mins): step 2 discuss within your own group about your own group work (handout on macbooks, worksheet 2)

4.30-4.45 (15min): step 3 present feedback

4.45-4.55 (10min): step 4 write feedback for others

4.55-5.10 (15min): step 5 give other groups feedback (one [feedback from one group for each group], or two rounds [feedback from two groups for each group] depending on time)

5.10-5.15 (5min): info events and tables give students info about their attendances

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

TV, mac books for students, whiteboard, handouts

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

The timing was very good and the students performed well on the tasks. In the beginning the students found it a bit boring, but throughout the lesson they had more and more fun.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Make it more fun; Maybe make it a game or competition and one group can win.

 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.

01 Worksheet1 Individuelle Reflexion 01 Worksheet2 Gruppenarbeit Reflexion

 

ES S17 INT/ADV Conditional Sentences and Video Description

Language Resident Name: Joaquin Garcia 

Day and Date: 02/06/2017

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate/Advance

Class theme/topics discussed: Conditional sentences, description.

Goal of the class: Students overview conditional sentences and practice them.

How did you structure the class?  

Heads-up: upcoming cultural activities

Warm-up: I quickly remind students how to conjugate conditional verbs and I write a couple of sentences as example.

Activity 1: After a couple of comments about what they are about to see, I play a clip muted on youtube of a famous songwriter from Spain. Students are in pairs, one facing the screen, the other one facing backwards. The student who can see the screen must describe what is happening while the video is playing. Then everyone watches the clip with music and test how much they were able to describe/understand. After, pairs switch places and I play a second clip.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HpIgZUqfn8
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-u-xjSREkM

 

Activity 2: I play again the last song. I handle out the lyrics with blanks on it, students must listen and fill the blanks. After, we discuss the lyrics and I make them realize that most of the sentences are written using a conditional structure.

Activity 3: In groups of 3, students must answer to some questions I write on the board that start by “What would you do if…?”

-You won the lottery

-You had a time-travel machine

-There was an earthquake

-You could have the job of your dreams

 

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

Youtube

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

It was a bit challenging for some of the students but very fruitful for others, hopefully all your students will have gone through conditional sentences at least once. The description activity is also intense, but despite the difficulty, you definitely can tell that they had a lot of fun.

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.

 

 

ES S17 ADV Spanish Proverbs

Language Resident Name: Joaquin Garcia

Day and Date: 02/14/2017

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Spanish proverbs

Goal of the class: Students get to learn expressions and proverbs which are commonly used in Spain and other Latin-American countries.

 

How did you structure the class?

Heads-up: upcoming cultural activities

Activity 1: We watch a couple of videos about Spanish sayings and we comment them openly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DCaFtr262k

Activity 2: I put students in little groups and I distribute Spanish proverbs, however, each of them is separated into two parts. Students in the groups must match up the proverbs.

Grupo A

A quien madruga,

Dios le ayuda

No dejes para mañana

lo que puedas hacer hoy

Más vale pájaro en mano

que ciento volando

Mala hierba

nunca muere

Ande yo caliente,

ríase la gente

Grupo B

No por mucho madrugar

amanece más temprano

Más vale tarde

que nunca

Quien no arriesga,

no gana

No hay mal

que cien años dure

Allí donde fueres,

haz lo que vieres

Activity 3: Some of the proverbs mean the exact opposite things as others. Students must stand up and try to find those proverbs.

Grupo A

Ejercicio. Lee los refranes que aparecen a continuación y emparéjalos con la definición correcta.

  1. A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda
  2. No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy
  3. Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando
  4. Mala hierba nunca muere
  5. Ande yo caliente, ríase la gente

Refrán para aquellas personas que en vez de conformarse con las cosas seguras que tiene, prefieren arriesgar.

Hace referencia a las personas que tienen un mal comportamiento. Este refrán nos dice que el mal nunca desaparece y, por tanto, las personas malas no cambian.

Recomienda ser rápido, ágil –y no vago o perezoso– para tener éxito en las tareas que se realizarán a lo largo del día.

Se dice cuando una persona prefiere actuar con su propio criterio y conciencia, sin tener en cuenta la opinión de los demás.

Aconseja no dejar pendiente para otro día los trabajos o actividades que menos nos motivan y agradan.

 

Grupo B

Ejercicio. Lee los refranes que aparecen a continuación y emparéjalos con la definición correcta.

1. No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano

2. Más vale tarde que nunca

3. Quien no arriesga, no gana
4. No hay mal que cien años dure
5. Allí donde fueres, haz lo que vieres

Para conseguir aquellas cosas que deseamos, es necesario arriesgar. De otro modo, no podremos conseguirlas.

A veces, no importa si las cosas las hacemos demasiado tarde. Lo importante es que las hagamos.

Recomendación para adaptarse a las costumbres de otras culturas y países. Aconseja comportarse como la gente que tenemos alrededor para evitar conflictos.

No debemos precipitarnos o ir rápido en aquello que queremos hacer porque los acontecimientos deben seguir su ritmo natural.

Con este refrán, consolamos a aquellos que tienen problemas de difícil solución. Es un mensaje de esperanza que nos dice que las desgracias no son para siempre.

 

Activity 4: I distribute one more proverb to each student and they have to describe it to the rest of the class.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jameschapman/spanish-proverbs-translated-literally-into-english?utm_term=.uy48k325LL#.tfeeOXRzKK

 

Activity 5: In pairs, they must act a situation and use the proverb correctly in front of the rest of the class.

 

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

Laptop, hands-out, youtube.

 

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

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 

They loved to learn this kind of vocabulary, specially the last list of proverbs and acting them out. Plus, it was a good training for the Open House activity. I definitely recommend this class.

 

 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 F16 INT The Fall of the Wall

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert

Day and Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German Intermediate Conversation

Class theme/topics discussed: 

The “Tag der Deutschen Einheit”.

 Goal of the class:

Students gain basic historic knowledge about the fall of the wall. They develop skills to describe movie scenes.

How did you structure the class?

 20-25 minutes: Scattergories. Students are handed out a table with different categories. One of the students silently “counts” the alphabet, another student tells him to stop after a certain time. Now the students have to find words starting with that letter for each category. The first one to have a word in each category calls the others to stop. Everybody who has something in a category receives a point. If their word is only mentioned once, they receive three points. If a person is the only one to have a word in a category, he/she receives ten points.

35-40 minutes: Students are divided in two groups. One is facing the screen, the other isn’t. They partner up and watch a short video but without the sound (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tqEyhkyzr8 ). They describe what happens and what they can see. After half of the video they take turns. Afterwards, they try to make sense of what they’ve seen. Then they share their ideas with the class and discuss what happened in each scene. They then watch parts of the video again and try to figure out what the speaker and people in the video could have said. The information is then presented in class. Then all the students watch the video again, but with sound. They then discuss the things they understood and make sense of the video. The LR provides additional information and questions.

5 min: Short heads up for conversation class project.

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

Scattergories sheet, Short film, TV-screen, pictures GDR

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

The students had some problems to come up with words for the scattergories warm-up game but still had fun. The students were very interested in the movie about the events that led to the fall of the wall. 

How could this class be improved/modified?

Maybe other categories for the scattergories game would have worked better.

DE F16 ADV Berlin: Orientation and Adverts

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Martin Siebert

Day and Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): German Advanced Conversation 

Class theme/topics discussed:

Students re-learn to tell easy stories, to improvise and to orientate. 

Goal of the class:

Students re-learn to tell stories fitted to their capabilities and to improvise. They learn to provide directions and guidance to orientate themselves on a given map and start to understand short film scenes.

How did you structure the class?  

15-20 minutes: Warm-up story-telling with story cubes. Students get into two groups so everyone has more opportunities to speak. Students choose after each round which story is the best.

10-15 minutes: Students get in pairs. They get parts of a Berlin map. One of them is marked, the other isn’t. One student describes the starting point and how to walk through the map. The other student tries to find out as well as possible where he ends up. During the description game, they are not allowed to compare the maps. Only at the end they can share the original and the result. They take turns. Depending on how much time they needed, they get another pair of maps. In the end, the LR shows pictures and gives short information about the history of these destinations.

10-20 minutes: BVG Video: https://youtu.be/2pic3FnvUrY

Video about public transportation in Berlin. LR hands out questions. The students watch the video and answer the questions together with their partner and discuss their ideas. 

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

TV-screen, youtube video handout questions, story cubes, prepared maps, pictures of the mentioned important Berlin landmarks.

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

Everything worked out fine. Students like the “noun”-story-cubes better than the “action”-story-cubes.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Only use the “noun”-story-cubes.

 

Sheets:

BVG  Werbespot

 

Was kostet das Jahresabo im Monat?

Warum ist das Ticket so teuer?

Welche Leistungen gibt es für diesen Preis?

Leistung 1

Leistung 2

Leistung 3

Leistung 4

 

Ist das ein guter Werbespot?

Warum? Warum nicht?

RU F14 INT/ADV Russian habits and Intsrumental case

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 Language and Section: Russian Intermediate 11

Date: November 17, 2014

Class theme/topics discussed:

Russian habits, instrumental case 

Goal of the class:

Talk about Russian habits most Americans would find weird, revise and practice the instrumental case

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

Activity 1 Warm-up – Video – 3 minutes

“My address is not a house or a street, my address is the Soviet Union” – popular song from 1973 by “Samotsvety” band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9dhtXsEalg

Activity 2 – Russian habits – 20 minutes

Tanya Denisova wrote an article for Buzzfeed called “16 things Russians do that Americans would find weird”. http://www.buzzfeed.com/azazello/16-things-russians-do-that-americans-would-find-we-cqjf?fb_ref=Default&fb_source=message

Not only did it go viral in the English-speaking world, it’s also been recently translated into Russian, with interesting modifications. http://www.adme.ru/zhizn-semya/13-privychek-kotorye-est-tolko-u-russkogo-cheloveka-802560/

Each students gets a copy of HANDOUT 1 (a modified version of the Russian translation, with difficult words glossed). Each student gets one or two circled in their handout to cover (they’re circled). We look at the English original on the screen and find Russian equivalents in the HANDOUT. Whoever has the point circled reads it out loud and we discuss.

We also pay attention to cases – there is a lot of instrumental we are going to discuss later in the class.

Activity 3 Revision – Instrumental Case – 10 minutes

I explain the Cases Review Sheet everyone got during their individual feedback session and we review the main verbs and prepositions used with the instrumental case.

Activity 4 – Instrumental Case pair work – 15 minutes

They practice the instrumental case using HANDOUT 2 – asking each other funny questions in the handout.

Activity 4 – Instrumental Case exercise – 5 minutes

They practice the instrumental case using Case Review Handout Instrumental (see pdf attached), exercise 55.

 Activity 5Wrap-up Video: Dance revolution – 7 minutes

Video from a popular Russian talk show “Vecherny Urgant” – two contestants have to guess to which music the other person is dancing. It has a lot of revolutionary references, because this show is from November, 7, the day that used to be celebrated in Russia as the Day of the Great October Revolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc5hySGdBXg

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

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

The class went exceptionally well! While I will still rely on pair work mostly with this group, it was very good to have a general discussion in which everyone was engaged (everyone had to look for the point discussed in their handout). The article is funny and informative – a lot of culture and useful expressions. Students in this group really appreciate handouts, especially with difficult vocabulary glossed. Pair work worked very well as usual. The students also really liked the video, it’s a good idea to watch short things like that on their level, not too overwhelmingly verbal, very funny, with language that is very repetitive and that they can understand. The students asked to review grammar, so I am going to include grammar in the remaining lessons this semester. Also, they wanted to talk about themselves more, and Activity 4 addressed that.

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

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

PDF ALL CASES REVIEW SHEET Cases Review Sheet

PDF INSTRUMENTAL EXERCISES Instrumental Review Exercises

LESSON PLAN WITH HANDOUTS CC_RUSS11_Russian_habits_Nov17

HANDOUT 1   РУССКИЕ ПРИВЫЧКИ – RUSSIAN HABITS RUSS11 November 17

 

  1. Наряжаться (dress up) перед походом в магазин.

Мы любим хорошо выглядеть (look good). Спортивные штаны и старая зеленая футболка —

не вариант (not an option) даже для обычного похода в магазин. А вот симпатичное платье и каблуки (heels)— идеальный наряд (attire) для прогулки. И это прекрасно.

 

  1. Присесть на минуту перед поездкой.

Когда чемоданы уже собраны, мы обычно делаем паузу, чтобы спокойно посидеть минуту —

присядем на дорожку”.

 

  1. Говорить длинные и сложные тосты.

Только самый ленивый (lazy) русский человек скажет простой тост «За здоровье!»/ «Ну, будьте здоровы!» / «Будем здоровы!» Серьезно. Мы всегда готовы услышать длинные анекдоты и пожелания. Потому что нам есть что сказать.

 

  1. Всегда и везде рассказывать анекдоты.

Мы можем начать рассказывать историю и в середине воскликнуть (exclaim): «О, это как в том анекдоте!» И обязательно вспомним его. Ведь мы любим посмеяться (laugh a little, imperfective).

 

  1. “Поздравлять” “с лёгким паром” ПОСЛЕ душа или сауны.

Хотя по правилам нужно желать друг другу легкого пара до бани, мы говорим «С лёгким паром!» исключительно после бани или душа.

 

  1. Отвечать честно (honestly) и в деталях на вопрос, как дела.

«Как дела?» У иностранцев этот вопрос не обязательно значит, что человеку действительно ужасно интересно, как у вас дела. На этот вопрос принятно отвечать «Хорошо, спасибо!» А у нас всё не так! Если уж нашего человека спросили, как у него дела, значит, нужно ответить по-настоящему (real) и полно (full).

 

  1. Не улыбаться незнакомым людям.

Мы не улыбаемся людям, с которыми просто случайно встретились глазами на улице. Улыбки у нас искренние (sincere) — для друзей, родных и любимых. Чтобы улыбнуться, нужен хороший повод (excuse)!

 

  1. Праздновать Новый год гораздо больше, чем Рождество.

Ёлка — на Новый год. Подарки — на Новый год. Вечеринка – на Новый год. Новый год — главный зимний праздник. Рождество до сих пор отмечается гораздо меньшим количеством (quality) людей и гораздо скромнее (modest).

 

  1. Постоянно пересматривать и цитировать старые советские мультфильмы.

Мы часто и с большим удовольствием напеваем песенки и произносим фразы из советских мультфильмов, сохраняя интонацию и голос персонажей. Из иностранных мультиков кроме (besides) смеха дятла (дятел – woodpecker) Вуди и песни про Чипа и Дейла я вообще ничего не помню. А в наших старых добрых кино и мультфильмах смысла (sense) столько, что до конца жизни можно переосмысливать.

 

  1. Называть всех женщин «девушка».

Если мы хотим позвать официантку, мы кричим (shout): «Девушка!» Если обращаемся к 40-летней женщине, мы называем ее «девушка». Любая женщина, которую язык повернётся (tongue will turn, i.e. you’ll have the heart to) назвать девушкой, для нас — девушка. И все довольны!

 

  1. Садиться за стол поужинать и просиживать так часами до полуночи или дольше, постоянно разговаривая.

Когда мы компанией собираемся за ужином, мы садимся за стол, ужинаем и разговариваем. Затем мы просто разговариваем, потом еще едим и разговариваем, потом пьем чай и разговариваем, и, даже уходя домой, мы, стоя на пороге (threshold), еще некоторое время разговариваем. Мы любим поболтать (chat a little) и поесть. Особенно салаты с майонезом.

 

  1. Никогда не выкидывать (throw out) пакеты.

Серьезно, наверноe, в каждом доме есть пакет с пакетами. И ведь люди их действительно используют!

 

  1. Никогда не ходить в гости без подарка.

Это может быть тортик или вино к ужину, шоколад или цветы (их должно быть нечетное количество

[odd number]). На самом деле неважно, что именно дарить, главное — не приходить

«с пустыми руками» (empty-handed).

 

 

HANDOUT 2

 

(1)

Каким американцем (или какой американкой) ты больше всего гордишься? Луисом Армстронгом, Нилом Армстронгом или Лэнсом Армстронгом?

 

C кем ты хочешь сфотографироваться в Голливуде? С Элвисом?

 

За чем ты обычно ходишь в Куп стор или в Хаб? За шоколадом? За соком? За чипсами? За вдохновением? (inspiration)

 

(2)

Чем ты занимался/занималась, когда был(а) маленький/маленькая? Спортом? Танцами? Музыкой? Керамикой? Астрономией? Верховой ездой? Ничегонеделанием и прокрастинацией?

 

Кем ты никогда и ни за что НЕ хочешь работать? Моделью? Президентом? Поваром? Медсестрой? Преподавателем? Экономистом? Юристом? Кинозвездой? В Старбаксе?

 

С чем ты любишь пить чай/кофе? С молоком?

 

RU F13 ADV University life

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13 

Date: October 3, 2013

Class theme/topics discussed:

University life/ higher education systems in Russia and the US

Goal of the class:

Revise vocab, practice listening comprehension

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

Activity 1 – Warm-up – vocab revision – taboo game

Handout 1 – Students get cards with words connected to university use; students have to explain the words to their partner without saying them, take turns – 10 minutes

Activity 2 – Discussion

What do you like about studying at Pomona? Use as many words from Activity 1 as possible – 10 minutes

Activity 3 – Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRv-rueuC1A Higher Education in Russia – watch twice, stop and comment where needed – 10 minutes

Activity 4 – University schedule in Russia www.timetable.spbu.ru

Explore the St. Petersburg State University website as an example – how many courses? What are they? What kind of education does the student end up getting? The students ask the instructor questions about the university system in Russia – 10 minutes

Activity 5 – Discussion

Compare university life in Russia and US – 20 minutes

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

Video, Internet text

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

The class went well. The students were interested in how their peers in Russia study.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Maybe design an activity for them to ask more questions?

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

 

Handout 1

Стипендия

Степень бакалавра/магистра

Окончить университет

Готовиться к чему-либо

Записаться на курс

Оценка (по предмету –

физике, русскому языку)

Сдать экзамен

Заниматься в библиотеке

Занятие

Лекция

Семинар

Бросить курс

Обязательный курс

Возможность выбора

Нужный предмет/ненужный предмет

Глубокое образование/ Широкое образование

Карьера

Профессиональные навыки

Практическое образование/ Теоретическое образование

Устный экзамен

Письменный экзамен

 

 

RU S15 INT February Food Cognates

Conversation Class Lesson Summary 

Language and Section: Russian Intermediate 11

Date: February 2, 2014 

Class theme/topics discussed:

February, food, days of the week, cognates

Goal of the class:

We talk about February, revise vocab from previous classes, revise food and days of the week and revise cognates 

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

Activity 1 Warm-up – “February” song – HANDOUT 1 – 15 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDsxUk5wdkE

Fill in the gaps, discuss

Activity 2 – Vocab and grammar revision – HANDOUT 2 – 20 minutes

Translate and complete the sentences using “and”, “but”,
“so”, “because”…

Activity 3 – Katy Perry’s diet – FOOD – HANDOUT 3 – 15 minutes

What did Katy eat? Find out from your partner

Activity 4 – Cognates game – HANDOUT 4 – 10 minutes

Say as many nouns for these adjectives (all cognates) as you can in every gender, take turns.

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

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

Maybe a little too much time on the song, so I’ll skip that part next time. Repeating things in Activity 3 in very, very good for these two students, same with pronouncing long adjectives in Activity 4 – even though they’re cognates, they’re sometimes hard to pronounce for the first time. VERY good to practice conjunctions in Activity 2, because American students often tend to translate “and so” as “и так” (literal translation instead of “поэтому”).

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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

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RU S15 ADV Music and wisdom: Boris Grebenshikov

Conversation Class Lesson Summary 

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13

Date: January 22, 2015

Class theme/topics discussed:

Interview with Boris Grebenshikov

Goal of the class:

Announce two cultural activities coming up – two films at the Laemmle, introduce students to “Aquarium”, a cult Russian indie-rock band, their music, their spirituality and their fearless leader, Boris Grebenshikov

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

Activity 1 Announcements – 10 min

I show the trailers for the movies I am taking students to see:

Hermitage Revealed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJSueFTlmKE

Leviathan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oo7H25kirk

Activity 2 – “Aquarium” and Boris Grebenshikov – HANDOUT 1 – 15 min

We look at the lyrics of “Vyatka – San Francisco”, a cool song by Aquarium, and then watch two version of it: acoustic and full band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wWHIIewRkI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84503534&x-yt-ts=1421914688&v=MbkT76u2Z1M

We discuss and try to figure out Boris Grebenshikov’s

Activity 3Interview with Boris Grebenshikov – HANDOUT 2 (questions) and HANDOUT 3 (answers) 35 min

The original is here: http://snob.ru/selected/entry/86702?preview=print

It’s from January 21, so it’s really new! Each student gets Handout 2 with the question and a couple of answers (rescrambled). I give them 3 minutes to look at their answers. I ask them to read the questions out loud and whoever has the answer reads it. We discuss and clarify the vocabulary if needed. Some of the more sophisticated structures are great examples of a translation challenge, e.g. “не могло не отразиться”, “искусственно раздутый скандал”.

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

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

The more I do it, the more I see how great reading out loud is for students of any level! Some of my students are very fluent speaking, but seem to have hit a “glass ceiling” where they cannot really make their vocab and structures more varied – and reading really helps that, I find. Some of them have difficulty with it, but they all seem to be enjoying it. So I do want to keep integrating it, maybe in smaller doses.

The interview is great – great language and very representative of the political stance of Russian intelligentsia.

Finding answers in a great exercise – they have to look for thematic vocabulary, but most importantly, structures! Also, it’s great for listening comprehension, because the others don’t have those answers.

I wanted to give them time to work in pairs and answer the interview questions from a completely different perspective – say, that of a hardcore Putin supporter, or a communist, or a pop star, but we didn’t have enough time. I should have definitely cut down the number of questions. But they still enjoyed it!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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

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RU S15 ADV Happiness

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

 Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13 

Date: January 27, 2015

Class theme/topics discussed:

Happiness

Goal of the class:

Talk about what makes people happy, 21 habits happy people have

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

Activity 1 Warm-up – Video – 5 min

We watch a short video where schoolkids are interviewed on the subject of happiness

 

Activity 2 – Happiness – Vocabulary – 5 min

We brainstorm synonyms for happy, joyful, excited, on cloud nine etc.

Activity 3Habits happy people have: brainstorm – 10 min

They work in pairs, writing a list of habits happy people have (minimum 10)

Activity 4Habits happy people have: read out, ask questions, discuss – 15 min

Each pair reads out their lists, taking turns. We compare, find habits that all three pairs have mentioned, discuss

Activity 5Habits happy people have: HANDOUT 1 – 25 min

We read (some points out loud) and discuss the article “21 habits happy people have”, adapted from http://www.adme.ru/svoboda-psihologiya/22-privychki-schastlivyh-lyudej-812310/ (which is in turn translated and adapted from an English-language article published in the Huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/happiness-habits-of-exuberant-human-beings_n_3909772.html).

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

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

This class went super well! The topic is fun, and there was a great balance of listening (video in Activity 1), speaking (all the discussions), writing (their lists) and reading (Handout 1). They all loved the article. So good topic + good balance of activities/skills + good, natural timing = great class!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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RU S15 ADV Apologizing

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13

Date: January 29, 2015 

Class theme/topics discussed:

Apologizing, making amends, Open House

Goal of the class:

Review different ways of saying you are sorry across formal and informal registers

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

Activity 1 Video – President’s Yeltsin Resignation/New Year 1999 address – 15 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvSpiFvPUP4 We watch all 11 minutes of Boris Yeltsin’s famous “I’m leaving” address on New Year’s Eve 1999 where he resigns, asks the Russian people for forgiveness, asserts the “bright future” agenda and appoint a successor, Vladimir Putin, who is part of new “energetic, smart generation”. We discuss Yelstin’s ways of asking forgiveness

Activity 2 – American politicians apologizing – HANDOUT 1 – 15 minutes

I show a small article on the screen – why do politicians apologize so rarely? http://www.aif.ru/dontknows/1221832 And then we discuss what American politicians sometimes apologize for (Handout 1, adapted from here http://tv503.com/?p=9995). Each student gets one politician, they read out their “story” and I write expressions of apology/sorry on the board.

Activity 3How could you! – HANDOUT 2 – 15 min

Each gets one “mistake” and they say it to their neighbor – how could you not visit Grandma at the hospital? And the neighbor has to apologize.

Activity 4Open house – 15 min

We discuss ideas for the Oldenborg Open house and look at funny word play sentences (HANDOUT 3)

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

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

This class went very well! I am glad we did some hardcore political analysis watching Yeltsin’s speech, which is incidentally also very easy to understand. Watching it 15 years later is quite extraordinary, and it explains so much of what’s going on in Russian politics right now. In other activities we progressively lightened it up. Again, there was a great balance of listening (video in Activity 1), speaking (all the discussions), and reading (Activity 2).

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

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

 

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DE S15 INT Feelings

Conversation Class Lesson Summary 

Language Resident Name: Mirja Schoderer

 Day and Date: Monday, 1/21/2015

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Feelings

Goal of the class: Familiarize the students with the vocabulary for describing people and feelings

 How did you structure the class?

Ice Breaker: Talk about the weekend – who saw the Pomona – CMS basketball game? Talk about the swim meet (one of my students swims for the team), have everyone present themselves again because we had a new student 

Activity One: Watch a short comedy clip that introduces the topic and vocabulary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9rIhhxfWTs)

 Activity Two: Which adjectives were in the video? Which other ones do you know to describe people/feelings 

Activity Three: I prepared a handout with emoticons and another one with adjectives describing feelings. The students had to match the feelings to the emoticons

Activity Four: Guess a feeling. I prepared cards with an adjective on them that describes a feeling. The students each drew a card and then we all said the same simple sentence (“I’m meeting Sven tomorrow”) but with an inflection and gestures appropriate to whatever feeling each student had on their card. The rest of the group had to guess which feeling the student was trying to portray.

 

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

Video, whiteboard, handout 

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

The students loved the video (I already used it in my intermediate class last semester and they really liked it too) and impressed me with how many adjectives they already knew. They liked the exercise with the emoticons and trying out the new vocabulary in the last activity drew a lot of laughs

How could this class be improved/ modified?

At first I thought the exercise with the emoticons took a bit too long and should maybe be done with less vocabulary. But then the students started bringing the handout to the next class to look up words which means they actually value it as a resource, so maybe it was a good idea to make it comprehensive

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.

feelings

DE S15 ADV Crime

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Mirja Schoderer

Day and Date: Thursday, 4/10/15

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

 Class theme/topics discussed: Crime

Goal of the class: introduce vocabulary around crime, familiarize the students with one of the most popular German TV series right now

 How did you structure the class?  

Ice Breaker: how did you like working on the project? What was new, also in terms of language?

Activity One: Which words do you know that are related to crime? How could someone die? I checked the words off of a list I prepared and handed it around in the end so they could see which vocabulary was still new 

Activity Two: Work in pairs: One of you describes a crime scene, the other one has to draw it 

Activity Three: “Black Story”. A black story is a very short account of a crime/ crime scene, the audience then has to guess what happened, using only yes or no questions

Activity Four: We watched the first episode of the German TV show “Tatortreiniger” which is about someone who comes to clean up crime scenes. An episode is only 25 minutes, so there was enough time to stop every now and then and make sure they understood the main points (there are no subtitles for the show)

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

Youtube, whiteboard, handout

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

They loved the class and kept using the words even in later classes, so for some reason it must’ve been memorable

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.

Das Verbrechen

Der Mord, der Mörder, jemanden ermorden, der Selbstmord
Die Tat, der Täter, der Tatort
Der Beweis, etwas beweisen, das Beweismittel
Die Spur, Spuren suchen, die Spurensicherung, der Fingerabdruck
Der Tod, töten, tot
Die Leiche, der Leichnam
Das Blut, bluten, die Blutflecken
Die Polizei à die KriPo, der Kommissar, der Detektiv
Das Gericht, der Richter, der Anwalt, das Urteil, jemanden verurteilen
Das Verbrechen, der Verbrecher, ein Verbrechen begehen
Das Gefängnis / der Knast (colloq.), im Gefängnis sitzen 

 

RU F14 ADV Stereotypes

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13 

Date: September 4, 2014

Class theme/topics discussed:

Stereotypes 

Goal of the class:

Talk about stereotypes about Russia, practice listening comprehension, revise vocabulary, develop synonymy

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

Activity 1 – Video 1 – poem (I have learned that I have a big big family) – 5 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A9FlXr9phg

Discussion – where is this from? What is it about (listening comprehension without the text)

Activity 2 – Poem HANDOUT 1 – 5 minutes

Compare the video to the original poem (there are some textual differences), recite it together

Activity 3 – Video 1 “You have something to be proud of” Commercial – 15 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6XI8i_69xA

Stop for listening comprehension of Russian, discuss stereotypes about Russia: banya, hiking, icebreakers, ballet, space, music.

Activity 3Vocabulary building – HANDOUT 215 minutes

Explain vocabulary from Activities 1 and 2, talk about etymology and word-building. Based on my experience last year, this semester I keep a Google spreadsheet with vocabulary we stumble upon in class. Regular vocabulary revision with a strong focus on word-building (morphology is crucial in Russian) was one of the most efficient elements last year and it got great feedback from students. I update the spreadsheet after every class and share it with the students. They understand it is not homework, but they can consult it at their leisure (they can also edit the file, adding translations, examples, etc.)

Activity 4 – Video 4 – Interview with the director of the commercial – 15 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGN_ZlMuiIg

Listening comprehension (watch once without stopping, watch again with pauses). Listen for specific information: What is the main concept of the video? Who else did they have in mind for the role? What is the budget of the commercial? What were David Duchovny’s impressions?

Activity 5 – Discussion – 5 minutes

Is the commercial rhetorically effective? What is makes good or bad?

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

Video, Internet

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

The class went very well, the students had fun watching the commercial and reading the poem. Just like with Intermediate, David Duchovny is not a big name, but the discussion was still very interesting. The interview was quite hard to understand, but these students seem to really like a challenge, so we are going to watch more videos like that in the future.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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

HANDOUT 1

Владимир Орлов “Родное”

Я узнал, что у меня

Есть огромная родня:

И тропинка, И лесок,

В поле – каждый Колосок,

Речка, Небо надо мною –

Это все мое, родное!

HANDOUT 2

4 сентября 2014

Вам есть, чем гордиться

баня

ледокол, колоть лёд, колоть дрова

космос

хоккей

космос

дача

строчка

политология

колос, колосок

родной, родня

взаимность, взаимные чувства

полтора

Крещение, крестить

купаться в проруби, прорубь (рубить)

средство передвижения


 

RU F14 INT Verbs of motion

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language and Section: Russian Intermediate 11

Date: November 19, 2014

Class theme/topics discussed:

Verbs of motion (ходить-идти)

Goal of the class:

Revise verbs of motion (ходить-идти), talk about public transportation

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

Activity 1 Warm-up – Funny video Cheburashka & Crocodile Gena – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEjByRLInMo parody – 3 minutes

Activity 2 – Russian anecdotes i.e. jokes – 2 minutes

I read a few jokes with verbs of motion from “Russian grammar in anecdotes”, making sure they understand what the jokes mean.

Activity 3 Verbs of motion (ходить-идти) Revision – 5 minutes

I explain the difference between the unidirectional “идти” – “be going somewhere” and the multidirectional “ходить” – “go somewhere regularly and come back”. The main difference is process “идти” / result “ходить”.

Activity 4 – Where are they going? (идти) 5 minutes

First, we write down places people can be going to on the white board. Then, I show them street style/paparazzi pictures of Hollywood celebrities on the screen and they work in pairs asking each other “Where are you going? Where are they going” and answering.

Activity 5 – Where do you go? (ходить) 5 minutes

Again, we start with writing down ideas on the white board – what can you ask your partner using the verb “ходить”: Do you go to the movies often? Where do you and your friend usually go on Saturday? Where did you go last Friday? They then discuss in pairs.

Activity 6 – Revision exercise (ходить-идти) – HANDOUT 1 – 10 minutes

They do the exercise in pairs, then we revise together. 

Activity 7 – Draw the map – HANDOUT 2 – 10 minutes

I read a story with a lot of verbs of motion with prepositions, one student draws the map on the white board, the rest on their handouts, then we revise.

Activity 8 – How to get there? – HANDOUT 3 – 15 minutes

Working on passive understanding of a variety of motion verbs. I give them a handout with directions on how to get from LAX to Claremont using public transportation. The email is broken into 9 parts and rescrambled, and their job is to restore the original order in pairs. Then put in together and then we read it aloud together

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

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

The class went well, now they seem very comfortable using verbs of motion we practiced. They also loved the funny video and the jokes, it always sets a good mood. I decided against using handouts in Activities 4 and 5, but I think in the end they would have benefited from a traditional conversation ideas handout I always give (with questions, ideas). Intermediate is tricky in that they know things passively, but cannot always recall structures and vocabulary in a “stressful” situation of real-time oral communication (as opposed to writing). To really be talking and using the language, they still need to rely on something solid (e.g., a written handout), so I’ll keep that in mind in the future. Activity 7 went very well – great occasion to remind them how fabulous it is that after 2,5 semesters of Russian they are able to make perfect sense of a totally real, 100% authentic Russian email!

How could this class be improved/ modified? 

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

FA2014 RUSS 11 HANDOUT VERBS OF MOTION

FR F14 ADV Text Language

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:
Clémence LEFEVRES

Day and Date:
Tuesday, September 23rd

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

Class theme/topics discussed:
Texting in French/ Text Language

Goal of the class:
To learn about the way French people text each other
To think about the impact of this language over the French language

How did you structure the class?

1. Warm-up
I write a sentence in “SMS language” of the board. I ask what is it, what does that mean. Who uses this language? Does it exit in the English language? What do you think about it?

2. Comics
I give them a comic strip and we read it together. Half of it is written in SMS language. I ask them to think about how it is composed. Why it is used in an usual context in this comics? (it is a student at school).

3. Video – listening comprehension

– http://www.myboox.fr/video/francois-de-closets-faut-il-reformer-l-orthographe-359.html
We listen to it twice and students have to answer some questions in pairs.

4. Article – reading comprehension

We read it together and explain the vocabulary.
What are the pros and cons of the SMS language?

5. Practice
I write on the board 5 sentences. Then they have to “translate” them into SMS language. Then, I call students to the board and the rest of the class gives suggestions

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
They seem to have a bad opinion about texting language in English. I told them that it is almost the same in France, except that we still use a lot of these abbreviations in regular emails to friends. I should emphasize on those for another class.
The video was a bit difficult for them. Maybe I should find or create a transcription.

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.

– Leur donner quelques phrases à essayer de « traduire » en SMS. Pour cela, les appeler au tableau.
Salut, qu’est-ce que tu fais demain ?
Coucou, tu viens au café lundi ?
Salut, rendez-vous à 3 heures devant la fac. Bisous, à plus !
Tu vas bien ? Je t’appelle dès que je peux. Bon après-midi !
Coucou, quoi de neuf ? J’espère que tu vas bien.
J’ai un problème, je suis trop occupé au travail. Tu peux me rappeler s’il te plaît ?
Salut ça va ? Moi je vais bien. Ça y est, j’ai acheté un cadeau pour Marie.

ADV 7 Le langage SMS

JP F14 ADV Mishearing

Language Resident Name: Akihiro Shimizu

 Day and Date: 10/14, Tue, 10/15, Wed

 Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Japanese, Ad and Int.

 Class theme/topics discussed: Japanese-English mishearing.

 Goal of the class:

 Students will be familiar with Japanese-English mishearing.

 How did you structure the class?

1.Introduction

I get students watch a video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQpsJ-4-cmw In the video, interviewer says some words in Japanese which sound also like English. For example, “Hamachi,” the name of a fish, can be recognized “How much” in English. Interviewees answer how the words sound.

2. Quiz

I ask students some quiz. First, I show Japanese sentences with PowerPoint to the students. The sentences can also sound English ones. The students guess what English ones they are

3. Lists

I distribute the list of mishearing sentences and explain the meanings of Japanese sentences. I ask students if they sound English ones.

4. Movies

I showed a Japanese TV show. It introduces movies in which actors say English words that can also sound Japanese ones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm-smIurs70

5. Music

There are a lot of music lyrics that sound Japanese. Students watch a videos and confirm if they can hear both in English and Japanese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWtc-s0Bd6c

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

 Handouts, Youtube, Powerpoint

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

 It worked very well. Some mishearing sentences are very famous in Japan. However, I think they were very new and eye-opening for the students. They reacted very well.

F14 JPN Ad mishearing 

FR S14 INT Family & Marriage

Language and Section: FR 11

Date: 04/15

Class theme/topics discussed:

Family and marriage

Goal of the class:

Review the family members

Talking about one’s family and one’s own ideas about marriage

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

1 General discussion

How is their family? Are they close? Do they see them often?

2 Taboo

Pairs. A student draws a card with the name of a family member. He has to make his partner guess who is it without saying it.

3 Brainstorming

I give them a handout with 12 questions about the family. They pick up one and answer it in front of the rest of the class.

4 Same-sex marriage

I tell them about the law that was adopted last year. I show them a video with the negative comments about it and then ask their opinion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcb7hHKc5a4

 

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

 

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

As I had only three students, I had to modify it a little bit. Actually, we took a lot of time just talking about our families. I think now they are comfortable enough with the language to have more debates and general conversations about a topic, which is really interesting. We also talked more generally about marriage if they would like to get married, when, why

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 

 

LA FAMILLE

 

 

  1. Quelles sont les différences entre les familles américaines et les familles françaises si vous en connaissez ?

 

  1. Qui devrait prendre soin des personnes âgées ?

 

  1. Quels sont les modèles de famille en dehors de la conception traditionnelle de la famille ? (par exemple : les familles monoparentales, les familles recomposées, le mariage homosexuel…)

 

  1. Depuis que vous êtes à l’université, votre relation avec vos parents a-t-elle changé ?

 

  1. Le mariage est-il essentiel pour le bon fonctionnement de la famille ou de la société ?

 

  1. Pouvez-vous comparer la vie d’un jeune Américain à l’université et celle d’un jeune Français ?

 

  1. Mariage religieux ou mariage civil : lequel est le plus important pour vous ?

 

  1. Quelles valeurs pensez-vous devoir enseigner à un enfant ?

 

  1. Les droits des parents séparés sur la garde des enfants : que pensez-vous de la situation des pères ?

 

  1. Quels sont les avantages et/ou les inconvénients des familles multiculturelles ?

 

  1. Pensez-vous que les enfants d’aujourd’hui sont négligés en raison des longues heures de travail des parents ?

 

  1. Que pensez-vous du droit des homosexuels d’adopter des enfants ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MON PERE

MON COUSIN GERMAIN

MA GRAND-MÈRE PATERNELLE

MON GENDRE

MA NIECE

MA BELLE-MÈRE

MA DEMI-SOEUR

MON JUMEAU

MA TANTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ES F13 ADV Camp at Sol Square

Lesson #2: 15-M Social Movement in Spain

Date: October 29th 2013

The class level: Advanced

Size of the class: 9 students

Class time: 1 hour

Lesson Plan

Overall Goal: Discussing about recent social movements in Spain

Teaching Objectives:

–       Review vocabulary related to demonstration and social discontent. Banner language.

–       Showing current Spanish situation

–       Practice assembly rules. Hypothetical problem solving. Working in commissions.

 

Media/ supplies needed: handouts, video projector

Procedures and time needed:

Greetings + warm–up (15 min): Students work in pairs. I hand out pictures of recent banners found in demonstrations in Spain. They need to understand the messages, what banners refer to, their context, and explain them to their classmates. Gathering vocabulary.

Activity #1 Video (20 min): Re-activation of vocabulary. Explaining some vocabulary before watching the video. I play two clips showing the reasons behind 15M Movement and the beginning of Camp at Sol Square. Discussion about other movements all over the world and their reasons.

2’30’’-4’50’’. Massive demonstrations that showed people’s discontent in 2011.

7’-9’50’’. Camp at Sol Square

Activity #3 Assembly (25 min): Working in assemblies. As people from 15M movement did at the Camp and afterwards, students learn how to work in assemblies. They need to listen to other people’s opinions, vote and reach a consensus taking in consideration all the proposals. The teacher is the moderator of the assembly, and he/she reads the agenda of the day. Students represent different commissions: food, infrastructure, action, communication and so on. They discuss about some issues related to every commission and try to fin solutions by voting and reaching consensus.

 

 

FR F13 INT Studies

Conversation Class

Lesson Summary

 

Language and Section:

French INT

Date:

09/17/13

Class theme/topics discussed: Studies

Goal of the class:

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

  1. General discussion about what they did last weekend.
  2. I give them a list of questions, and in small groups they have to ask and answer them.
  3. Then, I ask each of the to pick up one question and answer it in front of the class.
  4. I explain them how the French educational system works (name of the degrees, how are the grades, etc.)
  5. Cyprien, les études à l’étranger (studies abroad):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idY6eJgVup4

  1. Would they like to study abroad? Why?

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

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

The discussion lasts a long time. All of them had the opportunity to talk a lot.

They loved the video.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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

  1.  Quelles études faites-vous ? Quelle est votre classe ou niveau cette année ?
  2.   Vous avez cours l’après-midi ? Quels cours avez-vous l’après-midi ? Et le matin
  3.  Comment faites-vous pour vous rendre à votre établissement ? Comment faites-vous pour rentrer chez vous ?
  4.  Quelles sont vos matières préférées cette année ?
  5. Que se passe-t-il si vous arrivez en classe en retard ?
  6. Vous assistez régulièrement aux cours, mais dans quelles circonstances exceptionnelles vous arrive-t-il de “sécher” des cours ?
  7.  Combien de temps par semaine consacrez-vous à l’étude et aux devoirs ?
  8.  Quelles sont les matières avec lesquelles vous avez des difficultés cette année ?
  9.  Côté examens, qu’est-ce que vous aimeriez voir changer ?
  10.  Côté notes, qu’est-ce que vous aimeriez changer ?
  11.  Côté installations et infrastructures, qu’est-ce que vous aimeriez changer ?
  12.  Qu’est-ce qu’un bon prof ? Est-ce qu’il y en a un qui vous a marqué ?
  13. Vous pensez que c’est mieux une université publique gratuite ou privée et payante ?

 

RU S14 ADV Wrap-up Parody songs Simultaneous translation class

Conversation Class

Lesson Summary 

Language and Section: Russian Advanced 13

Date: December 8, 2013

Class theme/topics discussed:

Wrap-up

Goal of the class:

Have an enjoyable tea-party with delicious cookies and listen to/watch some genuinely fun examples of contemporary culture and also talk about some aspects of simultaneous translation.

GREAT for MID-TERM class

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

Warm-up – sign Christmas/New Year’s cards in Russian. Cards are provided. How do you wish things in Russian, etc. – 10 min

Activity 1 –  Song & Parody – 15 min

  1. 1.     Russian pop song about a girl who longs to go to Manhattan and be pals with Demi Moore – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwIpy_RiUvo  Handout 1
  2. Russian parody song about Demi Moore who longs to go to Russia and live a “normal” Russian life –  lots of fun stereotype inversions etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx_OLNxyt3Y Handout 2
  3. Discussion – what makes the parody funny? What Russian stereotypes are involved?

Activity2  – Russian talk show “Vechernyj Urgant” – interview with Mark Zuckerberg35 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shacYpc4CZk

Simultaneous translation and language transformations involved (cf. “make the world more connected” – “сделать мир более открытым», “the challenge is..” – “задача в том, чтобы….”, “a lot of why we’re here..” – “главная причина, по которой мы здесь…») – you can sometimes hear both languages, interesting to compare.

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

Video, text

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

The goal was without a doubt fully achieved! The students are also so proficient already that it makes sense to talk about certain application of language such as simultaneous translation. It is fascinating to them and certainly can be something they could try!

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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

HANDOUTS Russian Advanced 13 F13 Wrapup 

 

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