Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Marina Simonnet

Day and Date: Thursday, September 28

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

Class theme/topics discussed: Cinema

Goal of the class: Using description, storytelling with movie material. Learn about French cinema.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up/pairwork: students are given movie posters and have to imagine the story behind it.
  2. Pair work with two scenes from the movie The Artist: one student cannot see the screen so the other has to describe what he sees. In the end, the students who couldn’t see have to explain what they understood.
  3. Pair work: We watch a short film called “Petit Coeur” that I stop in the middle. Students have to invent the dialog between the two main characters (pairwork).
  4. Movie VS Life: students have to recreate a scene using the same model as the video.

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

Scenes from the Artist :


Petit Cœur :

Movie VS Life :

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

This class was very dynamic: I had only four students but they were all very invested and we could work with different pairs. One student told me at the end that he thought that this class was very fun.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

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