Engaging younger students with learning French can be tricky. 

Whilst using textbooks can be an important method of teaching it can potentially lead to glazed over eyes. 

Why not try using French music to replace textbook content? Listen to a song and ask students to complete the following tasks in French:

  • Identify cognates, verbs, adjectives and connectives
  • Hold a Q&A focusing on identifying tenses
  • Predict and write out a sequel to the song
  • Analyse the music and lyrics

Paul Haywood, head of MFL at The Henrietta Barnett School, was inspired to suggest these teaching ideas after hearing Dr Catherine Hampton (University of Warwick) speak about Exploring culture and multiculturalism with popular music at a New Teacher Subject Day for French.

Schools Programme members and course attendees can download the resources from the event in the PTI Staffroom.

Want to discover more inspiring subject knowledge? See our upcoming courses and events for 2017, including our New Teacher Subject Days course for French and Spanish.

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