As education has increasingly, and for very good reason, used technology to engage the modern learners in our classrooms, sometimes it is the simplest “old school” approaches that can be the most effective. One of our French teachers, Madame Mazur, has incorporated a very simple, but fun and effective introductory activity using student-made dice. Each side of the die contains a different question in French such as “Qui est ton chanteur favori?” (Who is your favourite singer?) or “Est-ce que tu écris avec ta main droite ou ta main gauche?” (Do you write with your right hand or left hand?). Playing with partners or in a small group, the students simply roll the dice and then respond to the questions orally. Madame Mazur has found this to be an excellent “bell-ringer” activity at the start of class and believes that it has really helped the students review their French question-and-answering skills. When asked about their French dice activity, these Grade 7 students unanimously shouted, “Fantastique!”
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