Engaging low level learners

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This is a presentation on how to engage beginners and low-level language learners which I gave on 31 October 2012 at the University of Manchester.

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Engaging low level learners

  1. 1. ENGAGING LOW-LEVEL LEARNERS Benoît Guilbaud Senior French Language Tutor http://benguilbaud.com
  2. 2. Classroom vocabulary Semiotics / animations Music Video Ideas Grammar throughSemi-authentic materials problem-based learning
  3. 3. Classroom vocabulary
  4. 4. Classroom vocabulary List of useful phrases in the classroom I do not understand. / What does [...] mean? Bilingual list Leave space for students’ own translation Play games with it: speak too fast or too quiet
  5. 5. Grammar throughProblem-based learning
  6. 6. Grammar through PBL Example: introducing past tense • Give text in past tense • Ask students to spot time markers in text • Ask students to highlight verbs in text • Try and work out patterns in verb forms • Formally teach past tense
  7. 7. Using (semi-)authentic materials
  8. 8. Using (semi-)authentic materials ROU PA ROU PBG G
  9. 9. Using (semi-)authentic materials Activities not based on transcription Listening for particular words can be hard Use video as prompt for description Describe people’s appearance, setting, genre Spot a person previoulsy described in text Put story back in order
  10. 10. Using animations & semiotics
  11. 11. Using animations & semiotics 20vingt-deux ___ quarante ___ 20 13seize ___ 20 quarante-et-un ___ 16 40trente ___ vingt-et-un ___ 39 21 20treize ___ cinquante-neuf ___ 6 69six ___ soixante-neuf ___ 12 59douze ___ trente-neuf ___ 22 30deux ___ vingt ___ 20 2 41
  12. 12. Using animations & semiotics 22vingt-deux ___ 40 quarante ___ 20 13 16seize ___ 41 quarante-et-un ___ 16 40 30trente ___ 21 vingt-et-un ___ 39 21 13treize ___ 59 cinquante-neuf ___ 6 69 6six ___ 69 soixante-neuf ___ 12 59 12douze ___ 39 trente-neuf ___ 22 30 2deux ___ 20 vingt ___ 2 41
  13. 13. Using animations & semiotics ?1. Jean-Paul Jasserand a. architecte2. Mme Leboeuf b. professeur de tennis3. Antoine Bernard c. agent des postes4. Anne-Marie Lépine d. journaliste5. Frank Martin e. secrétaire
  14. 14. Using animations & semiotics Use animations to complement instructions in FL Show, hide, move, reveal, flash, conceal
  15. 15. Music
  16. 16. Using musicFocus on lyrics is not necessaryDescribe genre, emotions, instrumentsCreate “real-life” context (bar, public place) e.g. Exchanging phone numbers in a loud pubBreak down emotional barrierWake everyone up!
  17. 17. Merci beaucoup Benoît Guilbaud Senior French Language Tutor http://benguilbaud.com

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