Spontaneous conversations…

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

I decided that I wanted to go ahead and try out one of the activities I got from the OMLTA conference on Friday in my combined grade 11/12 Core French class today.  I gave my students the Ressource List of Useful Expressions from the Oxford University Press free download of Road map to Parlons ensemble!

I went through some of the key expressions I wanted them to focus on for the activity.  Then I photocopied the Blackline master 18.

They each got a card and they were to write down three things they like and three things they dislike.  Then they were to use an adjective to describe themselves based on the things they had listed as likes and dislikes.  I had them create conversations based on their sentences.  I made them start with a greeting, as they would in a typical conversation.  Then I asked them to do their best to extend the conversation by asking each other why they liked their particular activity or pastime, or if they had one in common, to use expressions like “Moi aussi!”  It worked out really well.  The activity actually took longer than I had expected, I think mainly because I didn’t want to interrupt all these conversations that were happening.  I also saw that they were enjoying themselves and were doing their best to carry on their conversations.

The conference really inspired me to incorporate more of these spontaneous conversations in my classes, because after all, that is the goal of second language learning.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you get to try an activity from this resource too.


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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