Looking for some new French songs for la rentrée ? If you’ve been following along for any period of time, then you know that I love using French songs as as way to teach vocabulary, verbs, and to start off conversations with my more-advanced French students.
If you’re looking to use more French songs in your classroom, check out this list of some of my favorite French songs to listen to at the beginning of the school year!
French songs for beginners:
This is a really fun one to listen to with beginners learning basic conversation skills. When students are just learning to pronounce their very first French words, adding music is a fun and simple way to help them master pronunciation! It’s simple, catchy, and gets stuck in your head. You’re welcome. 😉
This French song is great to use when you’re teaching or reviewing French school supplies. I’ve used it for many years with French 1 and also as a quick review with my French 2 classes. I like that it’s repetitive, and with this video, your students can read as they listen. The visuals and the words are a helpful way to help them put the correct written word with what they are hearing.
There are a lot of French number songs out there, but some of them are hard to listen to multiple times (in my opinion!) I think this one is a good one. It’s nice and calm, the pronunciation is great, and if you teach French 1 all day, you won’t get sick of it. Plus, they count up and down, so kids aren’t just memorizing the numbers in ascending order.
This French song is full of words that students who have had a year or more of French will understand. You can play the video and have them try to make a list of words or expressions they recognize. Then, listen a second time with the lyrics (a quick Google search will pull them up) and have them highlight what they recognize.
French songs for intermediate and advanced classes:
This is one of my favorite French songs to play in class, because adolescents (and adults) are attached to their cellphones, and it can be a good way to open up a discussion about your class rules regarding technology. Kids love his music, and the video is great!
Listen to this song and then have students either write or get with a partner and finish the sentence : “Le bonheur c’est…” Sometimes I’ll feel like a group doesn’t want to share much, so I let them write and then ask for a few volunteers. Even if they are shy and don’t want to share, you can still pick them up and learn a little about what makes them happy.I’ve got loads and loads of songs I love, so if you’re looking for more of my favorites, just search “music” in the search bar and you’ll find even more that I love!
I hope you found some French songs you love!