Activities for FRENCH... THE LANGUAGE OF THE STARS


Students rank and identify celebrities featured in the videos by how fluent they sound.

The teacher divides the class into groups, writes descriptive sentences about five famous French speakers from the web page, without naming them. The student groups compete to see which one accurately identifies the French speakers first.

Each of the same groups (above) are given the identities of three different famous or celebrity French speakers from the web site. They collectively write descriptive sentences for each one, and pass their three descriptions on to the next group to see if that group can successfully identify these celebs through the descriptive sentences. 

Students play "Who am I?" with names drawn from a pool of celebrities known to all and announced the day before. The idea is that a students with name labels on their backs try to guess who they are. There are two ways this might be done. In the first, students without labels on their backs are each given a different fact in French about the person whose name is on the label. Each time a student with a label on his or her back asks: "Qui suis-je?" the student asked simply reads the fact aloud. The idea is to count how many facts have to be given out before the student with the label can guess his or her identity correctly. The other way is for the students to break up into groups. Students with labels bearing the name of a famous French speakers or celebrities, ask yes/no questions in French to their respective groups.  They must ask at least five questions before they are allowed to take their first guess, five before the second guess, etc. The group with the best average of quick guesses wins.

Have students write short French biographies about a selected group of celebrities or famous French speakers. 

Have students explain in French the circumstances where each star (on video) is speaking French on video. 

Have students imagine or explain the circumstances under which each non-Francophone star speaking French on video learned French (or the French which he or she spoke on the video).

Using the "Groups of famous French speakers" section, have students match names against disciplines, professions and trades, or vice versa, in groups selected by the teacher.

Using the "Groups of famous French speakers" section, have students write four or five questions each for a hypothetical interview with a famous French speaker of their choice.

Using the "Groups of famous French speakers" section, have students pair a famous American or Anglophone with a famous French speaker in the lists.  In each case, students must state in French what makes the two similar. Judge the student responses on how detailed the parallels are.

Using the "Groups of famous French speakers" section, play a game of Guggenheim. Your five categories on the top of the grid should be in French (auteur, acteur, chanteur, inventeur, scientifique, philosoph, athlète, etc.). You just need a five-letter letter word on the left side must also be French. Having students pick these as well as play the game will extend their vocabulary.

Ask students to explain in French which star or famous French speaker is their favorite and why.

The teacher finds images of things and people associated the material on the "LANGUAGE OF THE STARS" web site in "Google Images".  For the people, students identify them and say in French what they are famous for. For the things, students find the appropriate French word or expression and identify the appropriate famous French speakers asssociated with them (ex. invention with inventor).


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