Song with Passé compose and Imparfait
How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted them to practice a bit the uses of the past tenses and which one to choose. And they always like songs. Also, since they had asked for it, I wanted them to review some of the vocabulary we had learned in the previous weeks.
How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Games on the white board
How did students react?
They reacted rather well. They didn’t know the song (Quelqu’un m’a dit by Carla Bruni), which was surprising since usually almost every student of French knows it. They thought the song was hard to understand, which was also a surprise since Carla Bruni almost speaks rather than sings. But maybe it was more a question of general understanding of the metaphorical verses rather than weak listening/comprehension skills.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. They asked me a lot of questions about the meaning of words, sentences… and they also had to try to guess words I was drawing on the white board.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Laptop with music
Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, but maybe I would try to find another song – less poetic, and more realistic so they don’t get lost in the understanding of the song.
2. Vocab review – 20 min
→ each student is going to draw cards about food and has to draw it on the board
→ if the word is found, then the one drawing wins one point for each word
→ use the hourglass in taboo
→ LE PENDU game – have to guess the word I am writing on the board (about clothes)