Am I the only one out here who thinks that the English language program in French high schools is based around some really vague and random ideas? Spaces and Exchanges, Myths and Heroes, the Notion of Progress, and Places and Forms of Power. I’m not saying these aren’t relevant topics, but… Wait, hold on. What do these even mean??!? Sometimes you just reach a point when you don’t have a clue how to come at these topics. Here are some resources to help get over your potential lesson planning blocks.
http://lewebpedagogique.com/englishblog83/– A blog by an English teacher where you’ll find vocabulary, audio clips, and main ideas to cover on “spaces and exchanges,” “myths and heroes,” “the notion of progress,” and “places and forms of power.”
The Guardian– English newspaper, the link takes you to the section on teaching English
CNDP– Ellis Island and immigration (spaces and exchanges)
Carousel of Progress– That ride in Disney can be educational. The video is long, so you’ll have to choose a segment. (the notion of progress)
La Clé des langues– Gives a definition of each topic breaking them down into more tangible ideas. There are sources on the site for English teaching less geared to the terminals as well.
Really, just go browse your library’s English as a foreign language section
La Grammaire anglaise pour les nuls- Geraldine Woods and Claude Raimond
My English is pathetic- Florent Gustaf and John Wisdom
An even better book I don’t currently have checked out which I can picture but name neither the title nor author. Sorry, guys.
Realia are teaching materials which are “real.” and authentic. They are actual objects and documents you might encounter in everyday life situations, making them very engaging because they are at once practical and a novelty. Try to think about these before leaving home, but you can always ask your friends and family to use the comic section of the Sunday paper to cushion your packages.
You can read Finding the North Star in France‘s post about using realia here.
Comic strips such as the Peanuts
Pictures and videos- Were you ever in marching band? Played football (américain)? They don’t really have those in France. Bring photos and videos. Talk about team work. Show them what an American high school looks like. Talk about extra-curriculars and the daily schedule.
Maps- NYC subway or DC metro, map of your town or city
What are some of your lesson planning tips and sources?