Category: Authentic documents

  • Teaching Film in the proficiency-based classroom: Belle et Sébastien

    When I teach students French through film, I follow my regular World Language teaching rules: make the task accessible, limit the length of video clips, and everything we do prioritizes speaking and leads to discussion. I am going to walk you through how I do this referring to the film Belle et Sébastien. You will […]

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  • Sitcoms: Making the task accessible

    You will find the resources for the post in this folder. Television is a very compelling medium. Even taken in small doses of less than fifteen minutes, a segment of a sitcom can show us the products, practices and perspectives of a culture. TV shows are a mostly unexploited resource in the World Language Classroom […]

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  • Novices reading current events

    1jour1actu is a French periodical about current events which is written for young people 8 to 12 years old. I find their website, videos, print copy newspaper and eMag great for keeping my students up to date on current events in France. My 8th grade students have subscriptions to the eMag and like the variety […]

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  • The daunting task of collecting authentic materials

    My district’s curriculum coordinator is encouraging language teachers to find their own authentic materials instead of using ones from a publisher that are written for the second language audience. Authentic materials are culturally rich and tend to rely less on stereotypes than textbooks. The task of collecting them is made a little bit easier because […]

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  • The Gold Mine : TV5 Monde

    Looking for relevant video clips to use in teaching language takes time. I have been wishing for one site where video clips would be curated, labeled by topic and proficiency level and presented with activities. TV5Monde does all that. Allow me to give you a tour of this resource and pass on to you what […]

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  • Interactive Read Alouds and Partner Turn and Talks

    Elementary classroom teachers read to their students in the whole group setting, either with a book they hold or one they project.  As the students work to understand the book, students get the support of the teacher.  When asked to discuss with partners, they get help from their peers and have time to process their […]

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