It’s la rentrée ! Starting back to school is exciting, because it’s a fresh start, but it’s also really challenging, because it means starting all over again. Having new French students in your class means teaching classroom expectations, learning names, creating a positive classroom environment, team-building, and getting the students excited about being in your class all while introducing as much French as you can in a way that is not intimidating. No wonder teachers go home and crash for the first month of school!
I play music for all sorts of activities, like using videos for vocabulary inference, reviewing terms they’ve learned, creating close activities with vocabulary and verbs, or just listening for fun when we have some free time. Music has always been a huge part of my teaching.
1. Magic in the air – Magic system
2. Si t’as été à Tahiti – Albert DePaname
3. La valise – Dorothée
4. L’oiseau et l’enfant – Kids United
5. Ose – Yannick Noah
This is another of my favorite songs. I love it at back to school time, because it’s about goal-setting and not letting fear keep you from your dreams.
6. Francis- Cœur de pirate
While this song doesn’t have anything in particular that corresponds to back to school, it just happens to be one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists, Canadian singer, Béatrice Martin.
7. Jeune – Louane
8. Je veux – Zaz
Got any favorites I haven’t mentioned? I’d love it if you’d share them below!