I was lucky enough to visit teacher Gwen McCrossan in Kilmodan Primary school, Argyll and Bute so I could see how she uses story telling to teach French to learners in her P2-4 and her P5-7 classes. Gwen made fantastic use of the target language and even learners as young as P2 use and understand classroom instructions in French. She was using “La Surprise de Handa” and “Homme de Couleur” with the younger class and the film” Kirikou et la Sorcière” with the older learners. Her pupils seemed to love learning a foreign language and enjoyed singing, dancing and acting out the stories. One girl in P5 told me she loved learning French because “it’s just like playing, but you’re learning too!” She went on to explain that they didn’t just do French at “Frenchtime”, they regularly used French in their numeracy lessons and in literacy too. ” We watched video clips of French fables that were in French”, she explained, ” and then we wrote our own ones in English”.
If you would like to hear Gwen talking about her approaches to teaching French then please visit my post on the Chalkface Blog by clicking here
If you would like find out more about Gwen’s lessons then click here to see her reading La Surprise de Handa”
If you would like to see her S2-4 pupils acting out the story then click here
Gwen has also very kindly shared her materials for the animated children’s film Kirikou et la Sorcière. They are posted in the Modern Languages National Glow group in the resources for sharing section. To find Kirikou please click here. (You will need your Glow password)