Pourquoi pas commencer l'année scolaire "in sync" avec les jeunes en classe? Voici un petit quiz que j'ai trouvé qui serait intéressant à donner aux élèves, aussi! Et ce serait sympa peut-être aussi de leur demander les équivalents en anglais pour les jeunes américains!
Imagine being able to listen each day for a little bit to news of the world, in FRENCH! You have several choices each day (the 1pm, the 8pm, the weekend one, the weather forecast....) You also have access to magazine style reports, in which you will also come across one news broadcast meant for younger children http://lci.tf1.fr/le-petit-jt/ , or segments related to regions of France, and thematically selected http://lci.tf1.fr/jt-13h/base-de-donnees-regions/
If you choose to listen to the news broadcast you can see on the bottom of the screen, if you hover over it, that each segment is listed, by timing and by chapter, with a little summary of the content of that specific news story, in case you do not wish to listen to the whole broadcast, or wish to come back to a particular segment. They do archive some of their broadcasts, so if you remember a particular date, you can pull it up, usually.
This news broadcast is useful in class to give students a chance to hear other French accents, a different intonation, perhaps faster speaking than in class....and of course a wealth of material and resources that could not be more authentic! It also offers opportunities and springboards for classroom discussions, and since the news was in French, the discussion can continue in French!
This past year, I took advantage of these pdfs to share with students. The articles are short, and like in a regular newspaper, bunched together by interest areas (ie. sports, cinema, current news, etc). I have them quickly browse through the newspaper (online) the night before, then come to class prepared to give a quick synopsis of the article they chose, and a reason for why they chose it. It may happen that two students pick the same article, but their interpretation may vary, and their opinion of what is important may vary too, which makes for an interesting conversation around the tables.
I have tried the games below (usually the mots fleches) with my students, not always to great success because they get a little frustrated when they can't get the answers, but I can also point them to solution option if they are really stuck (listed below the first link to games). What I like about mots fleches is that I almost always learn a few new words as I play it myself each morning - kind of like my coffee cup to go.
There is a cool website called Poesie en Liberte that allows entries from around the world for a contest in the spring. Even if your students don't win anything, they know they are creating poetry in French for a purpose and an authentic audience and real judges! Give it a try. I did, with my students in both levels 3 and 4 a few years ago, and they had fun writing their poetry. Follow the guidelines and enjoy the adventure!