La musique francophone

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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About Mme Martin

I am a high school French teacher in Ontario, Canada. I've been a teacher for the last 14 years and I love what I do. I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching by learning from my colleagues, reading, attending conferences and workshops. I also completed a Masters of Education degree, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. My goal is to increase students' oral fluency in French and I would like to share this journey with you in the hopes that you will find new ideas and be inspired to do the same. I will let you know what I try in my classes and what works and what doesn't. I hope you will find a wealth of ideas to use in your class.
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2 Responses to La musique francophone

  1. Salut, Mme Martin – excellent resource for me to check out more thoroughly when I cross a couple of things off of my “to do” list today. Thanks! I too LOVE using music in class, but find that in Core classes, I’m always met with complaints from multiple students that it’s “too hard to hear” or “too fast” which I interpret as feedback that I need to work on increasing my students’ exposure overall to spoken (sung??) French from a variety of different sources, including some with background noise. What are your thoughts on this?

  2. Mme Martin says:

    Hello Mme Aiello,

    I completely agree that many students find it too hard to hear or too fast. This is why over the years, I’ve changed my approach. I like to have them listen to the music and enjoy it for what it is. I’ve adopted the approaches suggested on Cavilam instead. When I do have students fill in the blanks, I have them fill them in before they ever hear the song. For example, “Au soleil” by Jenifer has some relative pronouns in it. I just blank them out, have students figure out which ones are missing based on what I’ve taught them and then they check their answers as they listen to the song. Students have told me they really like that activity. I’ve also done the same with verbs. I’ll blank them out and put the verbs in brackets. I’ll tell them that all the verbs need to be put into the present, future, imperfect, etc., depending on the song and what we’re working on. They listen and check and then I put all the answers on a transparency just to double check spelling. I hope this helps!

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