FLAVA 2014 Talk
Foreign Language Association of Virginia
After Spanish became mandatory starting in Kindergarten in her department in 2002, the presenter had to redefine how she was teaching, but more particularly how others were viewing French. Her classes went from 70 students per grade to 10 students. Since she implemented the simple techniques that she will demonstrate in this session, her classes have doubled in size. The idea is not to reinvent what we are doing, but simply to modify certain elements of our class to change perspective. This session will also include promotional activities that are easy to implement. Participants will be given lesson plans and will be able to adapt this lesson to the level of each student.
Cooperate with art teachers
Decide which period to study
Allow some class time to paint
Take your project outside the classroom
Projet: Je suis artiste
For this project, you will have to be a French artist (painter or sculptor).
You will need to:
__ talk with fluency about yourself, your life and your work (as an artist) during the presentation.
__ show a picture of what could have been the inspiration for one of your painting/sculpture.
__ be able to talk about your work in a fancy way, using expressions to describe art!
__ be able to criticize other people’s work with an artistic eye.
__ create a class painting using some of the techniques from impressionism (group work)
Tips: When choosing a picture, make sure you pay attention to details. Your photograph does not have to
be exactly the same as the painting/sculpture but the main idea/feeling will have to be there. For example,
do not use a painting with trees blooming when it is Fall outside!
__ Teacher needs to approve your picture on _________________
__ First draft of your biography due _________________________
__ Second draft of your biography due _______________________
__ Photograph due on ____________________________________
__ Presentation on _______________________________________
Parents signature: ___________________ Date: _____________________
PROJET: MA MAISON DE VACANCES. A RENDRE LE ______________
PROJET: Vous voulez acheter une maison/appartement pour les vacances.
Write a paragraph that will include the answers to all these questions.
Maison ou appartement?
Où? Dans quel pays? Dans quelle ville?
Combien de pièces?
Avec vue ou sans vue?
Avec un jardin?
Avec une piscine?
Avec une terrasse?
Moderne ou rustique?
Dans le centre-ville ou loin de la ville?
Quels sentiments? (what feelings?)
When you present your project, you should not read but rather talk about your vacation home. The flow should be natural.
Do not recite by heart! Talk about your home! Use any presentation form you want (poster board, power point). Make
sure people can see your pictures. Your writing should be perfect (no spelling mistakes!) and your project should look neat.
1st draft due: ______________________
2nd draft due: ______________________
Presentation on ____________________
This is a test grade:
Partie écrite: ________________________
Partie orale: _________________________
Signature des parents: _____________________________ Date : __________________
__________ /5 I gave my first draft on time, typed and double spaced.
__________ /5 My first draft was complete with all requirements (bubbles from
__________ /5 I gave my second draft on time, typed, double spaced and stapled to
__________ /10 My second draft was well corrected.
__________ /5 I was ready for my presentation, on time, with the text double
__________ /10 My presentation was clear and well prepared.
__________ /10 I delivered my presentation without hesitation.
__________ /10 I spoke with fluency during my presentation.
__________ /10 My accent was accurate during my presentation.
__________ /10 My presentation included visual support (Power point suggested but
__________ /10 I was able to do my presentation without notes (required).
__________ /10 I was a good listener when my peers presented.
Host: You and a family member will get to spend 7 wonderful days in Paris. All 4
contestants will get to take photography lessons, French lessons, and dance lessons
together! You will become best friends! To tell you all about what to expect, we
have brought in last year’s winner. Pleeeease help me welcome Monsieur Frederic
Chandeleur! WOW! What happened to you? I mean How are you?
Mr. C: I am fine thank you! Thank you for inviting me! This is exciting!
Host: Seriously though. WHAT happened to you?
Mr. C: What do you mean?
Host: Vous êtes gros!
Mr. C: I am not gross!
Host: I didn’t say “gross”, I said “gros” as in FAT!
Game show: Les Grande Bottes!
Contestant #3: Bonjour tout le monde! Je vous présente mon mari, Bob.
Contestant #2, 4: Salut Bob! Ça va?
Bob: Ça va bien, merci! I have been working on my French. I am so
happy my wife won this trip. I always wanted to visit Paris.
Contestant #1: (making a bad face) Magnifique!
Contestant #3: Ahhhh, Paris! Si romantique!
Contestant #1 (doing a bad impression of contestant #3, raising his eyes
to the ceiling): Ahhh, Paris! Si romantique! It’s going to be a long trip!
Teacher: Classe répétez: un éléphant/an elephant
Contestant #1: Excusez-moi, Monsieur Dubois?
Contestant #1: Are we going to learn how to order food in French?
Teacher: Ha ha ha! You are funny!
Contestant #1: I am?
Teacher: You think you can just learn French and start speaking? My poor man,
it takes years and years of practice! You need to know the words first, and then
you can make sentences. Répétez: un hippopotame rouge/a red
Bob: Slow down! Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh! (Wife so into French that she is
thinking in French and turns left) Ahhhh! What are you doing? Why did you
Contestant #3: You said “à gauche”! A gauche means left.
Bob: Non, I said “oh my gosh”, as in “oh my gosh we are about to crash oh my
gosh!” Not à gauche! Stop thinking in French and focus on the road, will you?
Contestant #3: You didn't have to be so mean, you know?
Contestant #3: Non, non, what do you say?
Bob: I won't do it again?
Contestant #3: Non!
Bob: It was all my fault?
Contestant #3: Non!
Bob: You are always right, honey?
Contestant #3: NON! You are supposed to say: désolé chérie!!!
Bob: Of course! What was I thinking? Désolé chérie! Sorry Honey! (good
thing Paris is supposed to be a romantic city, because we need it!)