In this Zoom lesson for beginning French speakers, students at Lac du Bois learned about the environmental impact of transporting foods. I added a drama activity to the curriculum, splitting students into breakout rooms and asking them to create a short puppet show using fruits and vegetables before returning to the larger group to perform. A script was provided as a baseline for the performances, but students were free to add and improvise.
Virtual Lesson Plan: Les restaurants
In this Zoom lesson for intermediate French speakers, students at Lac du Bois learned about restaurants and traditional dishes in different Francophone countries. I added a drama activity to this curriculum, which was written by Rachel Beran. I asked students to act out various feelings and emotions. Then I chose two students at a time to read a simple script of a patron and waiter at a restaurant. Each actor had the task of conveying a different emotion in their performance, with the option of substituting traditional dishes from earlier in the lesson into the dialogue.
Virtual Lesson Song: Rac-a-tac-tac
In this Zoom song lesson for all levels, I co-teach a song called “Rac-a-tac-tac,” with my colleague Vanessa Vaughan. This clip demonstrates some of the theatrical methods used to teach unfamiliar vocabulary to students who don't speak the target language.
Vocabulary Skits: Jules Jeux-Nuls
As a leadership staff member at Lac du Bois, I wrote daily grammar and vocabulary skits. I created the character of Jules Jeux Nuls (Jules Silly Games), a game show host who would lead campers and counselors in lighthearted activities like charades, pictionary, and taste tests.
Jules Jeux Nuls quizzes a contestant
Campers participate in a game teaching "there" and "over there."
I introduce a skit teaching alors (so?), et puis (and then?), and incroyable (incredible).
I lead a game of pictionary.
Campers guide blindfolded counselors in a directional vocabulary game.
Campers laugh as Jules Jeux Nuls interviews an unlucky taste tester.