Best Practices

Visit to the French Institute in Doha

During my visit to the French institute in Doha (I was attending a meeting held there), I noticed some papers hanging around the classroom walls. At once I said to myself: “This is a great idea that I have to apply next school year”. The idea is simple: the teacher has written down few statemelnts and questions that students may use frequently in class. Examles are “How to write the word…”, “Do you have a pen?” and “How to say…in French?”
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Of course, as you can guess, the students are studying French as a foreign language, and I think this is an excellent way to encourage them to use the right language to ask for something. Another advantage is that shy, or let’s say less confident ,learners,will not be hindered by the limitation of their linguistic capacities (especially as beginners) to speak to the class or address the teacher to ask for anything.
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Though I have attended a CiSELT module about ‘Classrom Language’, I did not have an idea about how to put what I have learned into practice. Simple as it looks, using such a technique would help both, the teacher and the learner, to be on the same wavelength, and speak the correct language with no frequent recourse to the mother tongue.
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I think that I will set up a list of utterances that I would evaluate as crucial to class interaction and write them using bigger font size and bigger papers. I think that after experimenting with the idea, I will come to an exhaustive list of useful classroom language that could be printed on rollups and placed inside the classroom at the beginning of each academic year.

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