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In reality, most students dread language classes. The majority of those classes rely on rote exercises, boring vocabulary lists and, in the end, those classes may or may not end up producing a new French speaker. More often than not, most of the lessons are forgotten by the students as soon as their need to pass examinations is over. There are very good, creative ways to teach students French, however, and they don’t all have to do with finding a new way to make the language boring. In fact, some of them are quite engaging.
Immersion instruction is one of the best ways for students to learn French fast. One of the easiest ways to provide this type of instruction is to add stories to the classroom. These don’t have to be serious, literary tales. In fact, lighthearted stories can be a lot more effective. At the most practical level, such stories usually feature more simplistic use of language, which is exactly what students need to hear when they’re getting started out. The way this method works, in fact, depends upon it.
When you were a child, you learned by immersion. No one sat there and made you repeat phrases such as “I have”, “you have”, “they have”, over and over again. You learned language by listening and imitating. It’s possible to listen and learn French in the same way, even as an adult. When the language is presented in the context of a story, comprehension tends to come more quickly. In reality, English and French aren’t all that different and most English speakers, with a bit of practice, will start picking out words and phrases very quickly. Those words they do pick out themselves will be more easily recalled than those learned off of a vocabulary list.
Some of these stories also provide an opportunity to learn French songs. This is a great way to memorize simple phrases and words. Songs provide natural cues for pronunciation, as well, as the melody simply outlines how each word is correctly pronounced. In the future, students will find that the words they learned through singing songs tend to stick very well and that there are few difficulties in recalling them on demand. This method is, by far, one of the most enjoyable ways to learn French, in addition to being one of the most effective.
Dr.Dennis Dunham has over 25 years in international education experience and is a co-creator of LanguageandLyrics.com, a website designed to help you learn French the right way. If you’ve tried every language product out there and haven’t made progress, visit LanguageandLyrics.com to see how learning French can be easy and fun.