For me, exposing students to francophone culture is very important. Language and culture and intertwined and I believe that students should have an understanding of the people who use the language they are learning. One of the ways in which I achieve this goal is to play songs from various francophone countries. Music only scratches the surface of what culture means. Culture includes a people’s value system, organization of society, the environment in which the people live, just to name a few.
Today I’m just going to focus on francophone music. I like to play songs from different eras, different countries and different styles. In order to make my life much easier, a colleague of mine suggested that I take a look at Cavilam en ligne. It’s so great because the work has been done for you. You may need to modify the activities depending on the level of your class, but all the song lyrics and activities to go with them can be found on this site.
I really like this site because these activities go beyond filling in the blanks. The fiches are very clearly set up with the goals for listening and discussing the songs, the theme/s of the songs, vocabulary, a mise en route with questions that prepare students for listening, questions about the music video, discussion topics and short writing assignments. What could be better than that?
The reason I like this resource so much is that it has teacher prompts that get students talking about topics that are relevant to them. After all, it’s just another way to engage them and get them speaking in French.
I hope you find this resource useful.
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