This lesson is create by Annika Stephan who was born in Düsseldorf. Completed her Abitur in 1996 and moved to Ireland in 1997. Commenced studies in Cultural Studies & French at DKIT in 1997. Completed BA Hons. in Heritage Studies & French at GMIT in 2002. Lived & worked in France between 2001/02. MA Hons. in German Literature from UCD in 2008. Lives with Muffy, the hamster and two guinea pigs, Billy and Bob.
The aim of this lesson is too learn French vocabulary in a fun and dynamic way. For prep you will need to make up some visual flash cards. To make it easier in the beginning especially with younger groups you could add pictures to the cards.
This is a game to play in a larger group of at least three students! But it is more fun with more students. Autour le Monde translates as Around the World, and this is exactly what the aim of the game is all about: to get around the table back to your own chair by guessing the correct translation of words in French.
To begin, one student (student A) gets up and stands beside the student sitting next to him (student B). The two students are now battling it out to be first to shout out the proper translation of the word shown by the teacher at the front of the class– whichever student wins, gets to move on to the next student (student C) sitting around the table – either student A who was already standing up will now sit down in the chair of student B while student B moves over to student C, or student B remains in his seat while student A moves on to student C. Whoever gets around the entire room and back to his own chair wins the game. translates as Around the World, and this is exactly what the aim of the game is all about: to get around the table back to your own chair by guessing the correct translation of words in French.
Note from Naoisé: The reason I like this lesson is that it makes a language class practical, fun and kinesthetic. It can be easily adapted to work with any size group, of any age in any setting. It is incredibly simple to get people to move around in a circle but this adds a huge dynamic value which some students with conditions such as ADD and ADHD really crave. Similarly it has a visual element and this can be expanded on with inclusion of pictures. We all remember the things we do as well as see! The lesson can be tailored to fit the more serious exam classes too, for this level we always need to learn large amounts of vocabulary for the comprehension exercises. Over a number of sessions you can gradually build in this vocabulary in a fun way.