Teaching backwards

Happy Friday everyone!

Last week, I decided to teach the imparfait and passé composé by have my studcents figure out the rules themselves.  Today I decided to try this strategy again, this time in order to teach les phrases conditionnelles.  After having taught them how to form le conditionnel, I decided that rather than give them the structure of the sentences and then have them practice, I gave them sample sentences and have them tell me what the structure of the sentences are.  I gave them five sentences and asked them to underline the two verbs in each sentence.  Then I asked them to tell me the one word that each sentence has in common (“Si”, of course).  The next step was to get them to look at all the sentences and to identify the two structures and come up with the rule.  I think a few of them struggled a bit with it, but overall, I think it worked well.  I also asked them to tell me what these sentences were expressing.  They were also able to identify the fact that the sentences were not expressing real events, but possible events under certain conditions.

Hopefully, this strategy of working backwards by giving them the form first and then having them figure out the rules on their own will help them to remember and understand it better.

Bon week-end!


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 Teaching backwards

  1. Kimberley says:

    This is a great idea! I am a first-year French teacher and struggled with how to introduce this unit this year. Thanks for sharing!

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