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FR S11 Study Break – Galette des Rois

FR S11 Study Break – Crepes

FR S11 Off-campus Renoir Exhibit, LACMA

Renoir

FR S11 Study Break – Madeleines

Madeleines

FR S11 Movie “Heartbreaker”

Heartbreaker

FR S11 Study Break Flyer – Chocolate Fondue

Fondue au chocolat

FR S11 INT/ADV conversation starter game “un brin de jasette”

Game “Un brin de jasette”

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Second to last class, so I wanted to do something fun with them. The game I had was perfect for the class since it was a “lanceur de conversation”. I also had cheese and drinks for them to relax.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

game

How did students react?

They reacted very well. They had things to say and got to learn some new words

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes , a lot

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Game “un brin de jasette” (French lounge)

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!

FR S11 INT/ADV – Soccer

Soccer

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Marseille had just won the Coupe de la Ligue, so I based my class on it

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Vocabulary handouts
Soccer game outside against the students of German convo class

How did students react?

They reacted very well. They liked learning about soccer and then getting to play

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

An extract from the french news
Soccer ball from Rains

Please attach a copy.
Lesson plan: soccer

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!

FR S11 ADV – alibi game

Alibi game

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Role play – I wanted to have them produce the target language but also have fun and I know they can be very creative when it’s about creating characters

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

game

How did students react?

They reacted very well.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Slips of paper

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was very productive!

Advanced

1. Révision de quelques gestes à montrer (chaque étudiant doit en montrer un)
– Jeu ils font un signe et lancent la balle à quelqu’un qui doit deviner

3. Jeu de l’alibi
⇒ 2/ 3 juges
⇒ Paires qui doivent trouver un alibi
• Distribution des rôles
• 5 min pour trouver un alibi en paires – 5 min
• 1e accusé entre, le partenaire attend dehors
• 2e accusé entre, le partenaire attend dehors
• Etc
• Délibération des juges à l’extérieur
• Verdict

FR S11 INT – French accents

French accents

How did you pick this theme or topic?

French and francophone accents are interesting as it is part of French culture and it may be useful for them to be able to recognize and understand them.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion

How did students react?

They reacted very well. They were interested

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes , they asked me questions

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Youtube videos

Please attach a copy.
Lesson plam: accents

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

FR S11 INT/ADV – French gestures

French gestures

How did you pick this theme or topic?

It’s important to learn all parts of French culture and French people often express themselves with gestures

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion
game

How did students react?

They reacted very well.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Youtube videos
Slips of paper

Please attach a copy.
Lesson plan: gestures

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was very productive!

FR S11 INT/ADV – Registers #2

Different registers of language #2

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to keep working on this since there’s a lot of activities possible

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handouts
Group work

How did students react?

They reacted very well.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Handouts
Youtube videos

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was very productive

Intermediate 4/14/11

1. Show Aristochats (extracts on daily motion)
→ which register is used by which character?

2. Dialogue – 20 min
→ creating a dialogue using the different registers and words seen in the previous class

3. Luchini – 15 min
→ give them the fable, talk about Jean de la Fontaine, moral… do they know him? Other fables?
Le Corbeau et le Renard
→ Read together the French version
→ show the verlan version that French actor Luchini recited on tv

FR S11 INT/ADV – Registers

Different registers of language

How did you pick this theme or topic?

They’re always interested in knowing more about slang, but I thought it would be good to introduce them to formal register too.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

handouts

How did students react?

They reacted very well.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

handouts

Please attach a copy.
lesson plan: registers

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was very productive

FR S11 ADV – working and jobs #2 (job interview)

Working and jobs #2: Job interview

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to use the same technique as for the speed dating class because it had worked very well. And it was a good follow-up to the previous lesson.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Job interview activity

How did students react?

They reacted well. They had ideas and created interesting characters.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes they engaged a lot with each other since they had to pretend interviewing the other or playing the candidate and then discuss about the candidates.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

handouts

Please attach a copy.
Lesson plan jobs role playing

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was productive, the idea to have them decide on the job they were applying for worked better than last time.

FR S11 INT – bullfighting and course camarguaise

Corrida and Course Camarguaise

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I realized they didn’t know what a corrida was, and even though I hate the concept, I think that it’s an important part of culture in the South of France, as well as Course Camarguaise which I actually enjoy.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Videos
Song with blanks
General discussion

How did students react?

They reacted well.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Handouts
Youtube videos

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

– Raseteur/course camarguaise vs corrida
⇒ Video de corrida on youtube

⇒ Francis cabrel’s song with lyrics
La Corrida
music video

⇒ Video de course camarguaise
course camarguaise

⇒ Funny video
Remi Gaillard

FR S11 INT/ADV – working and jobs

Working and jobs #1

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I thought that talking about jobs and working would be interesting and productive; it’s a vast topic.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Interviews in pairs
General questions

How did students react?

They reacted very well. They had a lot of things to say and we didn’t have time to finish the debate.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes they engaged a lot with each other since they had to interview each other, and share experiences.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

handouts

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was very productive

Intermediate 4/05

1. Interviews – 20 min
⇒ in pairs – 2 x 5 min

SP11 LP Interm 17 itw and debate

2. Debate – 35-40 min
⇒ 3 groups
⇒ 3 minutes of preparation
⇒ 5 minutes of debate
⇒ 2 minutes of discussion (délibération)
⇒ 2 minutes of explanation

FR S11 INT – famous people

Famous French people

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Oftentimes students don’t know much about who’s famous in France so I thought it would be good for them to learn a little about it.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handout
General discussion

How did students react?

Well, they were really interested, we only did the first activity.

Did they engage with each other and you?

yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Handouts
Youtube

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Famous people in France

1) Warm-up

– On the board, we list all the famous people they know (sorting them out as sportifs, acteurs, chanteurs, politiques, divers

2) 1st activity

– pairs
SP11 LP Interm 16 famous people
• Distribution of a sheet with a list of biographical facts on famous French people
• We all read
• Explanation of certain words
• They need to find the answer

3) 2nd activity

– I show some videos of famous people
– They need to find who they are

– Edith Piaf
– Gérard Depardieu
– Brigitte Bardot
– Louis de Funès
– Charles Aznavour
– Johnny Hallyday
– Serge Gainsbourg
– Georges Brassens
– Francis Cabrel
etc…

FR S11 INT – Spring Break + song “Plaire” about eating disorders

Spring Break + song “Plaire”

How did you pick this theme or topic?

After talking about food, I wanted to make them think about the idea of getting slim for someone else and to have them practice their comprehension skills.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Song with blanks
General dicussion

How did students react?
They reacted well

Did they engage with each other and you?
yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Youtube
Handouts

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
yes

Intermediate 3/21

1. Warm-up : Spring Break – 10 min
⇒ 5 min to talk about what they did for Spring break
⇒ 5 min to share with everyone

2. Song – 20 min
Plaire
– They listen to it for the first time, without the handout.
→ Then, discussion to see what they understood, if they could pick up some words, the general ideas, who is singing…
– I give them the sheet with the lyrics with blanks
– They listen to the song again
→ need to fill in the blanks
– They can listen to it a third time if they feel like it
– correction

3. Vidéo – in pairs – 20 min

– They have to imagine a video clip – 10 min
– They tell the class – 5 min
– We watch the real video

4. Discussion générale – 10 min

– troubles alimentaires

→ quels troubles alimentaires connaissent-ils ?
→ comment se manifestent-ils ?
→ pourquoi certaines personnes ont-elles des troubles alimentaires ?
→ connaissent-ils quelqu’un qui a eu des troubles alimentaires ?
→ qu’en pensent-ils ?

⇒ est-ce courant de vouloir maigrir pour plaire ?
⇒ pourquoi ?
⇒ qui est à l’origine de cette obsession de la minceur ?
⇒ quelles personnes célèbres sont vraiment maigres ?

FR S11 INT – food (cooking vocabulary and French cooking show)

Cooking vocabulary + French cooking show on tv

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to get started with the project (cooking show)

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Game with pairs
Powerpoint
Video

How did students react?

Well

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Game with pairs
Powerpoint
Youtube

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Vocabulary related to cooking

1. Warm-Up – finish the game of pairs – 10 min

2. 1st activity – 15 min

– What dishes do they know? Have tasted? Liked/didn’t like?
– see if they know the names of some French dishes + regions
– use the PowerPoint presentation on regional dishes

3. cooking vocabulary game – 20 min

– in pairs
– I say a word related to cooking (it can be the name of a special ingredient, or a verb used in cookbooks like in this list) and each pair of students has to try to guess the definition and write it down on a piece of paper. I also do it but I write the right definition, then we mix up the papers and someone reads them all aloud. Then they have to decide which one is the most probable.

4. Ideas of shows – 10 min

Show some French shows about cooking
1 diner presque parfait

FR S11 ADV – Valentine’s day

Valentine’s day

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to do something related to Valentine’s Day.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Role play

How did students react?

Very well. They had fun.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Handouts

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Advanced 02/15

1. Give them the sheets of paper with Homme/Femme

2. Explain the game – 5 mn
→ create a new identity
→ speed dating
→ choose our other half

3. Create a new identity – 15 mn
→ give them the sheets for the agency
→ they have to fill them out
→ they have to choose a picture from the newspaper/magazines for their new personality
→ they have to think of a background story for their characters

4. Speed-dating – 25 mn
→ Girls remain seated but boys change every five minutes
→ They have to figure out if they would have another date with this person, or if s/he is their other half

5. Results – 10 mn
→ students should write down the name of the person they liked most and then explain why
→ if there are some couples they should explain what they liked so much and if they see a future for that relationship

FR S11 INT – Valentine’s day

Valentine’s day

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to do something related to Valentine’s Day.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Role play
Handouts: Poem
Group work

How did students react?

Well. I think they liked creating their character for the speed dating game, and also writing a short poem.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Handouts

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Intermediate 2/15

1. Speed dating game – 30 min

• Explain the game
• Create a new identity – 15 min
• Speed dating – 10 min (2 x 5 min)
• Results – 5 min

2. Writing a valentine’s poem – 30 min
SP11 LP Interm 9 poem

• Read together a poem – 5 min
• Analyze it (how many syllables? Rhymes? metaphors, comparisons, symbols, etc…) – 10 min
• In pairs: I give them a picture of a French person
• Give them examples of sentences to use
• They have to write their own stanza to this person – 10 min
• We share – 5 min

FR S11 ADV – asking questions + song M.Pokora

asking questions
Song

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to do something fun with them, and 20 questions is a game that allowed them all to speak and learn some new vocab and defend their opinions (why yes and not probably? Etc…).
Also, I wanted them to know which song had won the NRJ Music awards 2011 and get to know a little more what was on French radio stations now.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work
Handout with lyrics

How did students react?

Very well. They asked for another round after the first game. And then, they were very interested in the video for the song.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes, a lot!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Game 20 questions on the internet
Youtube video clip of the song

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!

Advanced 2/10

1. Game = 20 questions
⇒ Each has to read a question and everyone has to reply

2. Song – M. Pokora
Juste une photo de toi
lyrics
• 1 ecoute, discussion + fill in the blanks
• 2e ecoute, fill in the blanks
• correction

• Discussion
→ what do you think of this song
→ do you know M. Pokora? NRJ Music Awards 2011
→ what’s you favorite style of music?

FR S11 INT – asking questions + food

asking questions
Food vocab

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I wanted to do something fun with them, and 20 questions is a game that allowed them all to speak and learn some new vocab and defend their opinions (why yes and not probably? Etc…).
Also, I wanted them to get started on the vocabulary related to cooking for the project.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Handouts

How did students react?

Very well. They liked the game 20 questions and were interested in knowing more words about food.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Game 20 questions on the internet
Game “pairs” to match images and words

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Intermediate 2/10

1. game 20 questions
http://www.20q.net/

⇒ Each has to read a question and everyone has to reply

2. 2 feuilles de vocabulaire

3. Food vocabulary

⇒ Game « pairs » where they have to match the image with the word and collect as many matching pairs as they can

FR S11 INT/ADV – French news (ethics)

French news: bébé medicament ou bébé espoir? + project

How did you pick this theme or topic?

I watched the French news the day before and thought it would be interesting to discuss it with the students.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group discussion
Debate
General discussion

How did students react?

Well. I think they were interested in it and had different views about the topic so it was interesting to listen to them.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

French news on tf1 website

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Intermediate 2/8

1. PROJECT – 15 min
⇒ In pairs, they have to find real ideas of projects(not just general ideas)
⇒ Then they explain it to the other pair
⇒ We all discuss it and decide

2. NEWS – 30 min

a. Introduction of the topic: bébé in vitro pour sauver sa soeur
b. Video: http://videos.tf1.fr/jt-20h/le-20-heures-du-8-fevrier-2011-6268191.html
c. We make sure they all understood the topic – 10 min
d. in pairs they discuss – 5 min

Bébé médicament ou bébé espoir?
Instrumentalisation de l’être humain?

e. then in 2 groups, one for and against
⇒ they think about arguments – 5 min
⇒ they defend their position after the other – 10 min

FR S11 INT/ADV – Fmylife

“Vie de merde”

How did you pick this theme or topic?

The website is known throughout the world (Fmylife.com) but was originally from France. It’s always funny to tell real or made up embarrassing stories.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Work in pairs
General discussion

How did students react?

Well. I think they liked the idea. They were creative, but still not THAT talkative.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Slips of papers

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Intermediate 2/3

Vie de merde

1. they draw one slip of paper and have to translate it. I help them with vocab but they have to use words that they know – 10

SP11 LP Interm 6 vdm

2. in pairs
→ they have to create 2 vdm stories, either real or made up
→ then write them on the board
→ then the others have to guess which is true or wrong
→ winning team gets a candy

Project

⇒ they think about what they would like to do as a project

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