Feeling Good About French

Meet Moshi, he’s my newest addition in Year 8 French. As you can see, he’s got an interesting face that some might call cute. This little squishy, furry and cute toy has recently helped me to make some important connections in my teaching.

I don’t think the idea is very new: someone asks a question in French and then throws a toy or ball to the person they want to answer. Only the person with the toy can speak. I have been using this questioning technique with my Year 8 class with success. They have a series of (or just one) questions relating to the current topic, this time it’s morning routines, and instead of the teacher asking all the questions, the students are taking on that role. This is one way the Moshi is being a welcome addition to the class.

What I didn’t realise was how the students would react to the toy. This has been the best bit. In a middle ability, co-ed class both the boys and girls love him and here is where I’ve made the connection. When they catch the toy and have to do something challenging and out of their normal comfort zone – speak French – they have an interesting reaction. They smile. I think catching the toy, liking it and having a ‘feel good’ moment and then doing the hard bit of speaking French is a great positive reinforcement. Wow!

I’ve decided to talk about this and other things at the Sydney TeachMeet in a micro 2-minute presentation. Looking forward to it! Here is my presentation slide.

 

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3 thoughts on “Feeling Good About French

  1. Bonjour,

    Voici un lien vers notre site de perfectionnement du français : VOYAGES EN FRANÇAIS (Institut Français d’Espagne).

    http://voyagesenfrancais.fr/?lang=fr

    Ce site, animé et modéré par les professeurs de l’Institut Français d’Espagne invite les apprenants à échanger sur des thèmes en lien avec la culture et l’interculturel (rubrique MIROIRS). Voyez par exemple l’article sur les prénoms (http://voyagesenfrancais.fr/spip.php?rubrique374) ainsi que la fiche pédagogique associée (http://voyagesenfrancais.fr/IMG/pdf/b1_voyages_en_francais_miroirs_parcours_prenoms_prof.pdf).

    La rubrique Jeunes nomades invite les apprenants de niveau débutant ou élémentaire à échanger sur le thème du voyage mais aussi à pratiquer et à jouer :

    http://voyagesenfrancais.fr/spip.php?rubrique353

    Vous pouvez voir un exemple d’activité interculturelle ici (jeu des 7 familles créé par les enfants pour les enfants) :
    http://voyagesenfrancais.fr/spip.php?article2001

    Nous serions heureux de diffuser ce site et d’en promouvoir l’utilisation auprès de classes en Australie !

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