Exercise to have them react to images and express themselves as quickly as possible.
Then we watch “Un gars une fille” which is a short TV program, a series of skits about a young couple in their everyday life.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to work both on their oral comprehension and on their ability to speak. I had planned some skits too, but we did not have time to do them.
How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Screening, pairs group
How did students react?
They loved the first exercise, which was really hard. Basically they saw a series of images that they had to describe to their classmate, sitting in front of them, and who could not watch the screen. They realized how hard it was to describe basic situations when you have no time to think about the vocabulary. Sometimes, they all had difficulties finding the same word, and when I had to give it to them, They were all like “ of couuuuuuuuuurse” That was a very fun activity and they asked to do it twice.
Then, we watched this TV show, and II asked them specific questions to check their understanding. I think they really liked the show even if it was hard to understand, because again, thanks to the visual elements, they could catch some information.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, especially during the first exercise
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
You tube videos
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Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!, but maybe I would work on a shorter video ( maybe 3 minutes) and I would ask very specific questions.