This is a set
of 12 lessons aimed at students of French as a foreign language.
Each unit is based on a French Folk Song and is presented in French.
There are three broad headings signalling the level of language
required to undertake the tasks: Junior, Transition and Senior.
It is not necessary to work through the units in any particular
order as each one is independent of the others.
gain an awareness and appreciation of an aspect of French culture
which they might otherwise neglect. The activities add an extra
dimension to the more repetitive task of learning lyrics and tunes.
These endeavour to make the material more relevant to 21st century
- By their
very nature, folk songs are easy to learn. Teachers and students
need not be expert singers. There are music files accompanying
- The song
words are provided together with easily downloadable sound files
in MIDI format.
- For teachers
and students who would like to follow the music on a stave, there
is a separate sound file which is accessed by means of a free
plug-in called Scorch.
- Junior Music
students may wish to print the music. This is written out in keys
that would suit the recorder and, thanks to Scorch, may
be transposed into any other key.
interactive crossword puzzles, word and phrase matching, multiple-choice
quizzes, cloze tests, electronic greetings cards and online debates.
In each lesson the student is asked to find words or phrases in
online dictionaries. Senior students visit News sites ( e.g. the
French Google's Actualités section) to find information
for written tasks. The site acts as a resource for teachers and
seeks to reinforce areas of the French course that are already being
taught in the classroom. These include reading and aural comprehension
as well as written and oral expression. Direct access to the assignments
can be attained through the Teacher's page.
Most of the
songs could be sung by students at Junior level. The lyrics are
generally easy to understand. However the tasks require greater
competence in the French language as they work through the twelve
songs in the given order. This website is offered as a resource.
- The teacher
may decide simply to teach the words and tunes of all twelve songs
to 1st and 2nd years.
they could explore two songs a year from 1st year right through
to 6th year.
approach is to work on the first six songs during Transition year
leaving some or all of the final six for 5th and 6th years.
work in twos and threes at each computer. A sound card and speakers
are required. Where a multimedia projector is available the teacher
may use it while the students are learning the tune. This would
reduce the noise level considerably.Some assignments require the
use of a printer. Microsoft Word will be used for some of
the exercises. Students wishing to complete certain tasks will need
an e-mail address.
subject areas are among those that may be linked with this set of
Economics (cooking) and Religious
Education. Other subject areas such as Music,
English, Gaeilge and other languages may be integrated into a lesson
by comparing aspects of folk songs in those languages, for example
the use of nonsense words.
It is possible to analyse the twelve songs from a structural pont
of view, an aspect that Junior Music students will find relevant
to their course.