Playing board games in French class is a sure way to get students engaged! I love all sorts of games, but board games are some of my favorites. I’ve used French board games with all of my students, from 4th to 12th grade, and they are always SO popular that the kids beg to play again!
Here’s why I love using board games in French class:
1. The games allow students to practice specific grammar or vocabulary you might be working on.
Using image-based games for practicing vocabulary is a great way to help students memorize new words. You can have them just give the word or use the word in a sentence, so it’s really easy to use this in core, immersion, with younger students, and with bigger kids. This French foods game is perfect for beginners.
Even if you are working with advanced students, they still need structured time in class to practice the concepts you are teaching. This subjunctive board game allows even your more advanced classes to play, and they’ll surely appreciate it! In upper levels, I know it’s easy for me to give students a lot more written work without remembering to add in fun activities.
2. Students love to learn through using the language.
Using board games allows them to practice at their own pace. You can allow them to use notes or play by memory, and it’s super-easy to differentiate by asking them to create full sentences or even use challenge words you write on the board. Games like this health board game have two versions, so you can add using the image-based game for vocabulary or the verb game to practice conjugation.
3. Playing board games in French class is just fun!
Here’s what teachers say:
About the passé composé board game, Lydia S. says, “This was a fun, different way to practice conjugating in the passé composé and my students really enjoyed it!”
Mary M. loved the -er verbs board game. She says, “I used this with my grade 4/5 French immersion class who needed to practice their verbs, They enjoyed the game.”
About the weather board game, Sarah N. says, “Games are essential in the language classroom. This one is great! Thank you!”
Natalie G.’s class loved the food board game. She says, “My students had so much fun playing this. A great way to get them to practice vocabulary. Thanks!”