Students LOVE food...and food is (fortunately!) an important part of the culture of France! In particular, the French are known for wines, pastries and cheeses. One is illegal to serve to students, one is hard to make and one is PERFECT for a tasting with your students ;) For one 30-student class, I've been able to allow them to taste 5 different French or French-style cheeses with a $12 Aldi run. If you have deeper pockets, you can certainly get fancier! You could also have students bring the cheeses and accompaniments if you prefer!
Once you've purchased the cheese, settle the students in for a gastronomic adventure! I allow my students to decline (en français, of course!) that they don't want to try, but usually they are pretty adventurous!
This activity comes with:
1) A detailed description of how I implement this activity with my own classes in order to make this a 100% French-immersion activity.
2) A short, four-slide PowerPoint presentation that gives students a visual idea of how vast a variety of cheeses are available in France and how important they are in French culture.
3) A student handout that helps students observe and express their opinions about the various cheeses in the target language.
This is a fun activity for teachers and students of all levels. It is accessible for lower-level students if you keep your expectations for their output lower and it can be challenging for more advanced students if you push them to really explain their opinions. Bon appétit!