I love using music in French class! It’s such a fun way to help students learn everyday expressions, gain cultural perspectives, and improve their French listening skills. Music is an excellent way to teach French students new words and help improve their pronunciation skills. An extra bonus? It helps to make lessons fun and engaging!
If you are already using music in French class, you’re off to a great start! If not, check out this list of French songs to get you started!
Here are some fun ways to use music in French class.
Create a cloze activity.
This is the easiest to do, because the lyrics are easily available on sites like paroles.net.
Just open up the document creating app of your choice and paste in the lyrics. Then, you can just go through and take out some words and replace them with blanks for the words you want students to listen for. It’s such a quick and easy way to create a French worksheet! I use PowerPoint because it’s super easy to create a duplicate page for your answer key. Make sure to do that before you start deleting words!
Another fun activity that you can use to incorporate music in French class is by holding a French karaoke session. You can find French karaoke tracks on YouTube and have students sing along while reading the lyrics. It will help students learn the correct pronunciation of words and also improve their speaking and listening skills, and it is a lot of fun to hold a karaoke competition with your braver classes!
French pop quiz
Create a pop quiz using French music you have played in class before. Pick out a few French songs your students have heard and play short clips of each song. Have them write the name of the artist and the title of the song. I don’t ever grade these, but we play for fun and I usually give a small prize to the student who gets the most correct answers. It’s a fun way to help students learn about French culture and music while improving their listening skills!
This is a perfect activity for a day where one class is further along than others and you want to be productive without creating extra work for yourself! I never prep anything in advance other than making a quick list of songs I’m going to play. It takes less than five minutes to get ready, but they’ll love it!
Creating a French immersion playlist is another fun activity that you can use to incorporate music in French class. You can create a playlist of popular French songs and play them in class or provide students with a list of songs that they can listen to at home. It’s a great way to encourage them to listen to music outside of your classroom!
French listening comprehension
You can also use music in French to improve your students’ listening comprehension skills. Start by selecting a popular French song and playing it once without showing the lyrics. After playing the song, you can then give your students a worksheet with questions related to the song. This is a great way to help students improve their French listening comprehension skills while also learning new vocabulary and grammar structures.
Using music in French class is a fun and engaging way to help students learn the language. By incorporating music into your lessons, you can make lessons more enjoyable, help students learn new words, improve their pronunciation and grammar skills, and also teach them about French culture. Try out these fun activities in your next French class and see the difference that music can make in your students’ learning experience.