Speaking activity: “Les photos de Robert Doisneau”

Hi everyone!

I stumbled upon a great PowerPoint activity a couple of weeks ago and I have been waiting for an opportunity to use it in my class.  It is a series of photographs taken by French photographer Robert Doisneau, but one part of each photograph is removed. Students are to guess what is missing.  There are quite a few photographs in this PowerPoint, so I decided to save a few for a later time.  Thank you to TpT seller Natasha3003  from British Colombia for sharing this great idea!

I used the first 5 photographs.  I did a “Think-Pair-Share” where I gave students a moment to look at the photograph and think about what was missing.  Then I had them discuss their ideas with their elbow partner, and then share the ideas with the rest of the class.    I told them that the goal of the activity was not to get the right answer, but to simply to get them talking.  They came up with some very creative ideas (and I came to the conclusion that they watch too much CSI).

I had to remind them constantly to stick to the French, but they definitely seemed engaged with the activity.  They were very curious to see what the missing piece was. They were asking me how to say a few things, so it helped with vocabulary acquisition as well.  I’ll definitely use the rest of the photographs at some other point in the semester.

Thanks for reading!


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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One Response to Speaking activity: “Les photos de Robert Doisneau”

  1. RC says:

    Idée parfaite!

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