What are the two activities that develop pupils’ ability with French far more effectively than any other?
The answer is, as you may already know, through the use of stories and through singing.
Because both stories and songs put the French the children hear and vocalise into a full context, the words become much more meaningful and become learned as part of sets of phrases which are a part of everyday experience.
As a result, the more you can encourage the children in your class to speak French sentences and to sing in French, the more rapidly they will progress.
Which in turn is why Learn French with Luc et Sophie is such a successful approach to the teaching of the language at KS2.
Each part of the course incorporates no fewer than 14 French storybooks written at the appropriate level along with creative teaching ideas to maximise the pupils’ ability to learn to speak the language.
Each story is topic-based using simple sentences based around key vocabulary and language structures.
And then, in addition, each unit contains an original song to reinforce vocabulary. Because the children will be happy to sing the songs over and over, the vocabulary and grammar becomes more deeply embedded within their consciousness.
Indeed, if you have ever noticed how children can pick up the lyrics of everything from nursery rhymes to popular songs you will appreciate just how incredibly powerful the rhyme and song element can be – especially when, as in this case, the songs are written to fit exactly with the vocabulary being learned.
The Learn French with Luc et Sophie course follows the Foreign Language Programmes of Study in the September 2014 National Curriculum for KS2 and is written with non-specialists in mind.
Full details of the Years 3 and 4 course can be found here while the Years 5 and 6 part of the course is explored here. In each case there are sample audio files of the songs and sample materials.