Scaffolding a spontaneous speaking activity

Hi everyone!

I’m trying something new in my grade 11/12 French class.  I was inspired by all the great materials I bought at the OMLTA conference.

I found a great activity in the book I bought by Chenelière Éducation, 70 activités motivantes de communication orale.  It is “Expressions figées I” on page 57.  Students choose an expression randomly out of an envelope and must figure out what it means.  Once they have figured out what the expression means, they need to create a dialogue and present it to the class so that the others in the class can try to figure out what the expression means through the context provided in the dialogue.  So, before I attempted this activity, I wanted to introduce them to the notion of “Expression figées” first.  So, I used my book 101 French Idioms.  I photocopied some illustrations on to overhead transparencies and I covered up the expression, what it means and the sample dialogue with sticky notes.  The students love looking at these funny looking drawings and figuring out what they’re supposed to mean.  I only did a few and they kept asking for more!  I read the dialogues to them so that they could see how the expression is used in context.  It is the perfect lead in to the activity where they have to do it on their own.

I’ll let you know how it goes when I try it out!

Thanks for stopping by!




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 Scaffolding a spontaneous speaking activity

  1. Pingback: Spontaneous speaking activity: Part 2 | Ici on parle français!

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