Fall Semester 2014

I haven’t had a great deal of time to update the blog regularly this semester….busy schedule this year!  But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been having fun and learning a lot in French class so far!  Here are a few pictures…French 1 Upper Schoolers playing a vocab game where they have to grab the card I call out before the other people in their group, French B 7th graders doing some “color by number” sheets I picked up in Montréal over Fall Break, and French A 6th graders working with partners to practice the subject pronouns with a “tic tic boom” game and also working cooperatively to practice correct word order by reassembling different mixed-up sentences on their desks.


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L’exposition de Cézanne

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French C Honors Videos

We watch a feuilleton that goes with our text (T’es Branché) in class.  Here are some short memorized conversations from the show.

Espion Secret



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les Requins/Shark Game

French B and Honors French C played the Shark Game to review material last week.  Here are some pictures of the classes.

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French A practice skits

French C Practice Skit

French 1 Skits

Just some practice from class today.

Group 3

La Rentrée 2014

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Multiculturalism and immigration: Chansons françaises

In connection with the 8th grade Civil Rights Trip and a small unit I do in conjunction with the 8th grade Spanish classes, French C Honors has been studying Immigration and Multiculturalism in France and the Francophone world for several weeks (along with reviewing for our final exam!).  We have looked briefly at Immigration to New England and Louisiania from France and Québec.  We have considered issues faced by Haïtians in the Dominican Republic (complete with a Skype interview via the DR with a Haïtian teacher and an American who works with the Haïtian community).  We have looked at issues that are of concern in France and Europe as a whole as they define what it means to be French.  Mostly, we have had fun hearing a wide variety of songs that address these topics.  Students were asked to select one of the songs we studied in this unit (and could also choose from a few others we have learned over the year) and learn at least 10 lines to recite to the class.  There was an option to sing the lines as well.  As you will see in the videos below, many took this task to heart and presented a very fine performance in class today.  Merci beaucoup tout le monde!  You have made me proud and made me laugh, today and all year!

Les Chansons de l’année: “Aïcha” by Khaled, “Métis” by Yannick Noah, “Au Bal Masqué”by La Compagnie Créole, “Ma philosophie” by Amel Bent, “Inch’Allah” by Grand Corps Malade and Reda Taliani, “Mezanmi” by Luck Mervil and Corneille together, “Seul au Monde” by Corneille, “French in America” by Josée Vachon, “J’aime la vie” by Zachary Richard and his grandson Emile, and a lot of Wanito in Créole and other musicians in French as background music!

A special BRAVO to those who were very BRAVE and decided to sing even if they “can’t sing”! 🙂

A sampling (sorry if you aren’t here…some videos had a technical problem!):