What are nouns, verbs, adjectives, and articles? What do they do? How do they work in English? Discuss with a group of 3-4. Be prepared to talk about these with the whole class and share your ideas.
2. Greetings: Students practiced greetings by walking around greeting one another in French. A few students were selected to have a greeting conversation at the front of the class. This will be part of the summative assessment for this unit. Students were given and opportunity to self-assess their ability to complete this assessment.
Notes: Then we took written notes on greetings so that students now have something tangible to study from. The written portion was delayed so that their pronunciation would not be influenced by some of the spelling differences between French and English. There are many silent letters and differently pronounced letter combinations.
3. La bise: We watched a short video about la bise, which is the greeting practice of touching cheeks when saying hello and making a small kissing sound. The video was all in French and students were challenged to identify known vocabulary in context including numbers, nouns, and question words. Students asked many questions and we made comparisons between French and American greeting practices.
Students were given the opportunity try out la bise if they felt comfortable.
4. Numbers notes: We finished taking notes on numbers from 11-30. Students should continue practicing the numbers on their own to supplement our work in class.