C’est l’automne ! These French songs for fall are a fun way to bring some seasonal vocabulary into your classroom this autumn. Below, you’ll find a list of songs with links to some of my favorite fall-themed chansons to use in your French class. Just click any link to find the video at Youtube.
These songs would make a perfect accompaniment to these French fall teaching resources if you are looking to do a little more seasonal vocabulary.
Fall-themed French songs for elementary
This song is great for introducing a bit of fall-themed vocabulary.
This song is just a lot of fun! Use it for a movement break and have kids do the actions at the refrain. It’s a favorite of my kiddo and he loves dancing to it.
This comptine has a lot of seasonal vocabulary that would be great for elementary classes.
Fall-themed songs for secondary
If you do any poetry with your classes, this poem by Paul Verlaine is a great one to do in the fall! You might have heard the song version (called Verlaine) by Charles Trenet. I like this version below, because it’s more modern and I think kids connect with it.
This one doesn’t have much to do with fall other than the fact that she comes back in fall, but the vocabulary is great, especially if you want to introduce some Québecois into your classes. If you aren’t familiar with Les Cowboys Fringants, give them a listen! I also love their song Octobre, and it would make a great discussion or writing prompt. It does have a word you may wish to avoid in your classes, so you check it out and decide if you feel comfortable using it.
I like this one, because it has a good mix of verb tenses. When students know a variety of tenses, it’s really helpful to see them in context in many ways. One thing I like to do is print the lyrics with a bunch of the verbs removed so students can fill in the blanks. I make sure to use different forms of the verbs, including different tenses, infinitives, and participles.
And here’s a few Halloween-themed songs!
This one is great for beginners, because the vocabulary is really easy and repetitive.
This one is a lot of fun at Halloween! It’s got a good mix of present tense verbs, including a few reflexive verbs.
This one is fun for teaching some Halloween vocabulary. It’s catchy, so your kids will get it stuck in their heads! Plus the lyrics are on the screen, so it’s fun to make it a sing-along.
This one is full of vocabulary but slow enough that students can listen for a variety of Halloween words.
Have a favorite fall-themed song that you use in your French class? Leave a comment below! ☺️