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How do I teach french to a year 5 class? (from a trainee!)

Discussion in 'Primary' started by thedancingqueen, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Hi. I'm a final year trainee teacher. I'm starting block placement after easter and have volunteered to teach french to my year 5 placement class. I did French at A level and go on holiday to France every year. It's always been a lesson which I've been desperate to teach. I've had a few sessions about teaching languages, at university, covering some activities and good websites but I still feel like it's something I really need to read up on before I teach it. Are there any schemes of work which are followed by schools for teaching languages? Hasn't been mentioned on my course. My class don't learn French currently but they did last year and the teacher was keen on me picking this up again. Going to start off with the basics- like recapping how to say your name, age etc and I've been asked to cover things which would be useful if they were going to France on holiday, e.g. how to order food. I can speak French and so the thought of teaching French isn't something I find daunting but I'm not sure where to start in terms of planning my lessons. Can anyone give me some advice please? Also, if you have any useful websites/sources for resources which you're willing to share that would be brilliant and I'd of course be willing to dig my resource list out and contribute too. Thanks in advance.
  2. Oh, and I'll be talking of course to my class teacher about it and I'll try to talk to their teacher from last year to find out what they already know. I just thought that this would be a really great place to get some help and advice too.
  3. Is there any particular order children should learn things in? I understand the basics which will need to be taught first.
  4. You should find yourself a copy of the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, which lists the skills that should be taught in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Although, of course, unless your school's very hot on languages, your Year 5s won't be at a high enough level to do the Year 5 stuff (my currect class, who are supposed to have been doing French since Year 3, really knew nothing more than hello/goodbye/my name is/1-20 at the beginning of the year). There's a QCA scheme of work for French, although I don't particularly like it, but it might be a starting point for topics for you.
  5. They apparently only know the real basics like saying hello and introducing themselves, The school aren't keen on following the QCA scheme apart from using it as a guide for teaching Science. I'll try to find a copy of the key stage 2 framework for languages. Thanks.
  6. Nielle

    Nielle New commenter

    Hi there,
    I was a French Specialist during my PGCE and have taught French to years 4, 5 and 6. I have generally used the QCA scheme of work, because I was given a copy and it's free(!), but it does need a lot of playing around with - there's stuff I wouldn't teach at certain levels and things are in strange orders, but it does give a good basis to build your own SOW around and plenty of activities and games. To be honest, use it even if the school aren't keen - it's what it's there for, and you can easily personalise it so it's not presecriptive.
    There are lots of different SOWs available, but you'd have to buy it in and I doubt a placement school would do that for you, although they might have something lying around in a cupboard somewhere so you could always ask.
    My advice for actually teaching is to keep it fun - lots of songs and games. Don't worry too much about getting them writing except for vocab. If the teacher wants things in their books, do lots of matching exercises and giving them a short conversation where they ask directions/for a meal/train tickets etc that's all mixed up that they can sort into the correct sequence.
    Hope that helps in some way, if you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    These are all brilliant. (Sorry can't do link any more, new browser. Just copy and paste.)


    My year 6s loved 'the giant turnip' and 'the hungry caterpillar', especially as they sort of knew the stories already. It was fab to teach them French as part of an enjoyable story as opposed the usual self contained vocab. They didn't even mind that my French reading was hugely hesitant.

    You can buy dual language story books from the 'Little Linguist' website. Just google it.

    Wish I was allowed to still teach French, but unfortunately it is covered badly by our PPA cover.
  8. runaway

    runaway New commenter

    Just to say you might find this helpful http://year3french.wikispaces.com/
    its the first 6 modules of the KS2 QCA scheme (newer version) but broken down lesson by lesson with resources, soundfiles,maps, songs, flashcards, powerpoints etc all provided - all resources made by teachers and used with their own classes and it's free.

    Eventually there will be other modules too (7-12 next) until eventually all 24 and also a rolling program for mixed age classes.
  9. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    We use Tout le Monde, my placement school had it and it was fab, really clear and easy to follow. When I started my NQT year the mfl coordinator was looking for a new SOW to bring in so I recommended it and they subscribed. If they dont want you to follow QCA then ask them if they have a SOW they want you to plan to - it is not a student on placements responsibility to create one!
  10. Only in this country would non-french speakers be expected to teach French. Madness. Say what you want no one will ever know or care and they stop it at 14 anyway. Is it any surprise!
  11. I care so it hasn't put me off and I know lots of other people my age who loved learning languages at school too. When I was in high school, it was compulsory for us to do either French or German at GCSE and loads of people enjoyed it. Yes the odd few complained and not everyone will enjoy learning another language but I've seen French being taught by teachers who weren't enthusiastic and it rubs off on the kids! I can't wait to teach it and I'm sure I can get them to really enjoy it. I'd always encourage children learning another language and it's much easier to pick up when you're younger. Yes, not everyone might go to France etc to use it but at least it's another experience for them.
  12. I found a good language resources on Sunderland schools, I haven't got the link at home but if you search sunderland mfl you should find it. It has lesson plans with resources.
    I find songs and practical activities work well, such as we used plastic food in our cafe and the children had the roles of waiter and customer.
  13. decj

    decj New commenter

  14. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

  15. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren Occasional commenter

    Sounds like a bit of a challenge you've got there, but could be lots of fun too!
    Here, this might help:
    It's a file of teaching games I've collected - mostly for reviewing teaching or drilling, and most of them suitable for teaching French with. I agree that what you need are a reliable collection of songs and games.
    It should be possible to write your own curriculum, although I'll defer to others on the forum who know more about it than me. But I would say the most important thing is that you know what you're doing - have a clear timetable, showing what you want the class to learn each week (the topic you'll be covering, the vocabulary they'll be learning, and the things they should be capable of doing at the end of the lesson. Make sure you recycle and review the vocabulary, have a good balance of opening and plenary games, drilling, roleplay and written work, and it should all go smoothly!
    Here's another idea - since you'll be teaching simple vocabulary, why not adapt from some Key Stage 1 websites or ESL websites? For example, if you go to www.esl-kids.com it has a fantastic selection of worksheets and games that you could basically copy and use to teach French instead of English vocabulary. Or, if you were to go to a website like http://www.dinosaurdesign.com/ you could play a game - a simple one with pauses in it would be best - to practice vocabulary. For example, on this website, you could use the Mr Veg Head game - http://www.dinosaurdesign.com/MrVegHead.htm - to practice body parts.
    And here's a website I just came across today - maybe it'll be useful: http://www.reall-languages.com/french/intro.htm (you can see a link to its intermediate French games on the side too, if they get that far).
    Good luck!
  16. All fantastic ideas so far! Thank you. Please keep them coming! [​IMG]

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