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Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking and Writing

Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking
Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking
Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking
Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking
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It is very difficult for students to say or write something when they do not know the correct word (or can't remember the word) that they want to use. During a conversation or speaking activity, students sometimes struggle to find the right word. When this happens, it's usually not practical or possible to use a dictionary. For this reason it is important to explicitly teach the skill of using circumlocution. Circumlocution is a strategy for describing or defining a concept instead of saying or writing the specific words. Students should be taught how to so this and the teacher can give them tools to help in the process.

This document has a clear and concise explanation of circumlocution for for students as well as many examples of phrases to use to convey meaning when the exact word is not known. This is followed by two partner activities that students can use to practice the strategies. The document is written in accessible French.
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On  March 15, 2014,  Buyer said:
Wow. I think this is the most useful lesson I've taught this year, and I can't believe I didn't teach this specifically before now. My kids are so much more confident that they will succeed in explaining what they mean, and they are staying in the target language all period! I am so thankful for this lesson!! We didn't finish it the first time, so I am having my kids warm up each day by choosing one term to explain to their partner, and they can choose their own term if they run out of words from the activity. They keep the explanation page in their binder so they can refer back to it every day.
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On  March 2, 2014Rebecca Stiles (TpT Seller) said:
A good list of expressions to help students with circumlocution.
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On  February 23, 2014,  Tammy W. said:
This is a good start. There must be a game that could come from this...hmm.
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On  August 10, 2013,  Buyer said:
Great resource to help my upper level students prepare for literature discussions.
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On  November 6, 2012TeachingFSL (TpT Seller) said:
Great resource for my students! There's a little typo on the second page (a question mark before a sentence, Spanish-style). So fantastic that you've shared this as a Word file, so that teachers may customize it as they need to for their own students.
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On  January 20, 2012,  Buyer said:
Just what I was looking for! I'm going to be starting Le Petit Prince with my French IV's and until now, they haven't really done any thick reading. My only wish is that there were more activities than just the one.
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On  November 9, 2011,  Buyer said:
A waste of time. These are not circumlocations, they are simply basic French expressions and phrases that a beginning student would use!!!!!!!
What a waste of paper and money.
On  November 10, 2011Jos76 answered:
I am concerned that you perhaps wanted a document on directions and locations by your use of "Circumlocation" in the comment.

I am sorry to read that this is not what you were looking for. To clarify, I have presented a workshop at state (MA and NY) and National (NNELL, ACTFL) conferences on circumlocution and it has been very well received. This document has been the base of the workshop and I often hear back from participants that it is very helpful. Circumlocution is in fact the use of more basic language to express more complex ideas, so this document does provide ample opportunities to engage the practice.
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On  November 9, 2012TeachingFSL (TpT Seller) asked:
I know I already rated this, but just thought I'd come back to say what a hit it was! Since I teach immersion students currently, I added an extra point for them identifying the object in French as well, thereby omitting any English (at least for some of the descriptions). One student said "We should do this more often, Madame!" so I think I can use it as a little reward activity from time to time. Merci pour les directives très claires et les excellentes idées!
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On  November 9, 2012Jos76 answered:
Bonjour,

Merci beaucoup. Je suis tellement content d'apprendre que cette activité vous a été si utile.

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Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking
Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking
Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking
Circumlocution in French, Strategies for Student Speaking