As mentioned in yesterday’s post, my mise en train today was Willy Denzey’s song “Et si tu n’existais pas…”. I introduced him by explaining that he grew up in France, but is of Laotian descent. I got a little cry of joy from one side of the room. I asked the student if she knew the singer and she said no. Then I asked: “Tu viens de Laos?” and she said “Oui!” I love it when my French students can make personal connections to what we’re doing in class. France and French culture becomes something that is relevant to them.
I explained to them that it is an R’n’B song that was popular in France a few years ago. I had them fill in all the missing imparfait and conditionnel verbs. They loved the song. We heard it twice. I had one student continually saying how much she loved the song and that she was going to download it. When it was over, I showed them that on the right hand side of the screen, there was a video for the song “L’orphelin” and I mentioned that this song was very popular in France as well. “Est-ce qu’on peut l’écouter, madame?” I wasn’t going to say no to that! Canadian teenagers wanting to hear French music… That’s a sign of success to me…
The one thing I was worried about was the fact that every single imparfait verb is “existais”. I would have liked a variety of verbs, but I think it might be OK because it was repeating it over and over and I find that students tend to remember songs, so hopefully they will remember that si is followed by the imparfait.
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