Year 9 have worked with Jamie McDine (who has produced short films in the Uk and abroad) to produce a series of short films to promote languages and make language learning fun. They had only 2 lessons to prepare their work and the third lesson was spend filming. This was done by all the students in year 9 in the 5 ability groups. We have been impressed by the work produced!!
La Brioche Dorée organised a competition in May asking people to design a sandwich. This reminded me of an activity I used to do with my year 9 years ago, when students had to design "un sandwich extraordaire".
Students designed and wrote their recipe using the imperative (written task)
They demonstrated their sandwich in class. (oral presentation).
The class followed the instructions (listening task) and commented on the sandwich (Assessment for Learning)
I would like to do this activity again in the future. We can use the Flip cameras to film so that it will be better to evaluate and students can also produce worksheets for other students to do, together with a vocabulary list. They can also produce the film at home using their own camera or mobile phone.
I would then ask the students to look at the winners of La Brioche Dorée competition and ask to compare the winning sandwiches with their own sandwiches- This could lead to a written task using comparatives. "Je préfère le sandwich de .... au sandwich numéro... parce qu'il a l'air..... etc.
This is also a good way of looking at opinions and engage students in Talk. (Use photos of the sandwiches - match with recipe) and comment!!
Why not have a go at creating your own sandwich in French?
We have been using different tools in the classroom to produce role-plays. Recently, I was recommended xtranormal, a progamme which produces movies from texts. Here is my first attempt, make yourown and send it to me