Soyez motivés ! Get motivated to read, write, listen and speak French

This particular post as well as a couple of other recent posts are part of a final project for a course I am taking right now, but I figured I might as well share it with you, as I think most of you will find it very useful. My project answers the question "How can I get students motivated to read, write, listen, and speak in French?" I made a brochure for teachers to distribute to prospective and current French students that illustrates the ways in which learning to communicate in the language can be fun and interesting. I also interviewed a retired French teacher, who coincidentally, I had for 9th grade French, about her ideas on literacy motivation. The third part of my project is this comprehensive list of links to past and recent posts from my blog and a variety of external links that answer my question.

The Brochure

French Corner Posts

External Resources
  • TV5 Apprendre.TV - Practice your French through games and videos from this international French language TV station.
  • TV5 Enseigner.TV -The teacher version of this site! Find lots of fun reading and listening activities for your students.
  • TV5 Jeunesse - Explore fun and games in French targeted at youth.
  • TV5 Musique - Tons of audio and video to explore, and the best part is, they explain what the lyrics to popular French songs mean, beyond just a simple translation!
  • Carole D. Fredericks Foundation - I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet Carole Fredericks' sister, the director of this foundation. Carole was an American singer who sang in French and died tragically in 2001. This foundation sells materials to teach her songs in French classes.
  • Recoins de France - This French language site has recipes and walks from every region of France! The adorable graphics and pictures give a glimpse at what the areas look like.
  • La chanson francophone - This French teacher in Spain created games with the lyrics of popular French songs (it's a little addicting!) for various levels. You can listen to the songs in crisp audio as you play the games.
  • Jouons en français - Have a little fun with these youth-oriented games in French!
  • Interactive Novel - Try your hand at an interactive novel in French.
  • Do-Ré-Mi Deux - The music and lyrics CD and booklet set created by the teacher I interviewed!
  • Total Physical Response - Colorful boards and stickers to use in the classroom. TPR promotes learning French through actions, and is especially useful in developing speaking skills.

1 comment:

  1. Bonjour!

    Your brochure is absolutely amazing! Those are such good suggestions of how to practice fluency! I am always looking for creative ways to practice the language at home, so that brochure is simply perfect . I hadn’t heard about, “The Total Physical Response” before, so thanks for sharing. I think it is so much easier to play games, listen to music, and watch TV in another language than it is to sit down and memorize vocabulary or grammar usage, I like language learning, but thinking outside the box is my kind of style. My level of Spanish is now at the point where I need practice, because I already know the rules of grammar, and have a good vocabulary base. These creative ideas you have will definitely be really helpful for people like me:). Thanks, and good luck with the project.


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