It’s the first day back from March Break and I decided to change my mise en train this morning as I was getting ready for work. I was going to do my French idiom activity with my combined grade 11 /12 class, but I find that the first day back, students haven’t seen each other for a week and have a lot of catching up to do. They always want to talk to each other so I figure, why not have them do that in French instead? It’s an authentic speaking activity. They’re doing it in English, after all! So, I decided to have them do cercles intérieurs / extérieurs to speak to each other about things that they did during the break.
They were explaining their March Break activities with each rotation. There was an added benefit that I wasn’t aware of at the time that I thought of it — students were repeating their stories over and over, so they were practicing and as I walked around and helped them with vocabulary and their sentence structures, they got better each time they did it.
We then did a mise en commun so that I could hear about their travels and activities. It was nice to see them making the effort and helping each other out too. It wasn’t all in French, so I had to keep them on their toes and get them to revert back to the French. All in all, it worked well.