Conversation Class Lesson Summary


Language Resident Name: Charlotte Eisenblaetter


Day and Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015


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


Class theme/topics discussed: Max Thalmann in Pomona College Museum of Arts


Goal of the class: To look at art by Max Thalmann and talk about moods and impressions of the pictures


How did you structure the class?


  1. We met at the entrance of the museum and got an introduction from museum staff in the collection study room. Partner was Steve Comba.
  2. Students looked at the pictures individually and talked in pairs about their impressions, asked questions to Steve about the artist.


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


I did not have to prepare much except write Steve Comba an e-mail a month earlier and asking for looking at the specific pictures from the collection. For more information :


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


Students enjoyed the art and it also attracted some other students from the German courses at Pomona. It counted as a cultural activity for the students and the staff from the museum was very helpful!


How could this class be improved/ modified?

Of course, you could also show pictures of art in the lounge. But for some students, it was the first time that they got to go to the college museum of art and it connected students from different German courses.

Flyer Max Thlamann

Handout Max Thalmann