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Year 3 French Culworth School S.W. Friday afternoon 23/11/16
Context: This was the children's third French lesson. They had previously been introduced to some simple classroom instructions and met the two French teddy bears Albert and Annick. S.W. revised classroom instructions including regardez, ecoutez etc She mimed each instruction and then asked the children to mime as she gave each instruction. There was a huge 'buzz' of enjoyment. The children then performed a traditional French finger rhyme in groups.
Next the class watched a slide show of Albert and Annick in Paris on the smart board. Target language was used all the time and there was clear understanding of it by the children. They were introduced to simple phrases such as 'Paris est en France', 'La Capitale', 'la Tour Eiffel' and 'la Seine', simultaneously practising French pronunciation whilst learning a little about French culture and geography. When teaching this vocabulary S.W. used the 'click technique'. She said a phrase, then paused for a few seconds before clicking her fingers, whereupon the children repeat the phrase. The purpose of this technique is for the children to spend the few seconds silently internally repeating the phrase and therefore memorising it rather than simply parroting language. It seemed tremendously effective yet simple.
Next the class listened to a story read by a French voice, whilst seeing the pictures on the screen. The story was 'Je veux mon p'tit pot'' ( I want my potty) featuring the Little Princess, who would be a familiar character to most children. The pictures were very helpful in aiding understanding, as was the repetition in the text. The children LOVED this activity. The story was exactly at their level and humorous and there was a lot of laughter. One child spontaneously said 'I love doing French'. The children were made aware that the book with the French text and pictures was available to them in their classroom to look at in their free time. Finally they completed a simple worksheet reinforcing classroom instructions. I really enjoyed this lesson and it was clear the class did too. Learning was clearly taking place and a love of learning a foreign language was being developed. S.W. taught sensitively, effectively and enthusiastically.
Culworth Church of England Primary Academy The Green Culworth Banbury Oxon OX17 2BB