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Au Café Lesson Plan: French I

Au Café Lesson Plan: French I

A lesson plan guide for a French I class. Students will be introduced to the basic vocabulary that one may encounter at a French café or restaurant, they will learn how to read a French menu, they will learn questions and responses used in a restaurant to help facilitate communication between the waiter/waitress, and they will learn about the basic cultural practices/norms at a restaurant in the French culture. This goal-directed instructional design plan will help students in the French classroom to take vocabulary words, grammar, language structures, and cultural practices they learn in class and put them into a meaningful context through natural communication in real world situations.

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Jeffrey Patton
Jeffrey Patton (Teacher (K-12))
7 years ago

This is an AWESOME foreign language lesson. It goes well beyond just learning the language. The idea behind creating the menu and performing the skit really allows students to see the importance in what they're learning, put what they've learned into action, and have fun doing it. I agree that if something like this were incorporated into any of the foreign language classes I have previously taken I would have enjoyed them much more. It's so important with learning a language to put your new skills to practical use. The technology pieces that are incorporated into this lesson are great too. You could've just stopped at the students performing the skit like most teachers do, instead the skit will be recorded, edited by students, and posted to YouTube! How exciting for them to share their work with the world.

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Eric March
Eric March (Teacher (K-12))
7 years ago

I can see your students really enjoying this lesson!  I especially enjoyed seeing the combination of real-world applications and creativity.  Both of those aspects will make this assignment more meaningful to students.  If my foreign language classes were like this, I might have continued taking them rather than stopping as soon as I had completed my school's requirements!  (Endless conjugations and verb forms didn't make for a very exciting class.)

Melissa White
Melissa White (Faculty)
8 years ago

Nice job posting!