If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.
We love Zaz's catchy songs, many of which are perfect for use in the MFL classroom. Song lyrics are one way to expose students to authentic texts and if you can get them singing along, so much the better!
We've created a listening resource based around Zaz's popular hit 'Je veux', designed to make the lyrics more accessible and encourage some group translation. You can find her video on YouTube and the full song lyrics online.
Kids United is a group of five children, aged 9-16, whose cover versions of classic songs are taking France by storm. This talented bunch of kids are also ambassadors for Unicef and have quickly become celebrities.
On the Kids United official homepage you will find mini biographies of each of the singers. Students could be asked to find out as much as they can about each of the children.
You will also find their music videos to use for listening material.
On YouTube there is an hour-long documentary charting their rise to fame and the beginning of this could be used for some authentic listening for gist.
With the Eurovision Song Contest coming up in May, why not play your class the French entry by Amir? You can find the official video here - it's pretty catchy but will it win your students' vote?
Copy and paste the lyrics from here into a Word document.
You could cut up the lines or verses for students to reorder, create a gapped listening task (perhaps taking out all the past participles) or ask them to translate a verse from French to English or vice versa (there are some lyrics in English.)
You can find a version of the video with the lyrics shown here, for students to check their answers.