French pronouns audio drill - 50 sentences to improve listening and speaking skills.
This is a 24 minute MP3 audio recording of 50 sentences that will be restated or written by your students using a pronoun or double pronouns. Each sentence is read twice before time is given for student responses, then the answer is given. You will appreciate the differences in the voices used in this recording. There are three different voices, all native speakers. I'm including five different ways that you can use this pronoun audio drill (see below). Suitable for core, immersion and homeschool curriculums. This drill is also fantastic practice for the AP or DELF exam.
MP3 recording audio drill - 50 sentences - 24 minutes
5 ways to use this audio drill
Student response sheet
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1. Language lab or classroom listening and speaking exercise
Students listen to the drill either as a class or with individual headphones on. They will hear a sentence read twice by two different speakers. The number of pronouns to be
used in each sentence is indicated in the recording. After the second reading of the
sentence students are given time to say their answer before the correct response is pronounced. The sentences are purposefully not numbered in the recording so that you can choose to do them either in or out of order. This is a listening and speaking grammar drill and writing the answers is not necessarily encouraged.
2. Language lab or classroom silent written exercise
Provide each student with a numbered answer recording sheet. Students should be
reminded to pay close attention as the sentences in the recording are NOT numbered.
The sentences that are read in the recording are written on the student response sheet
and words to be replaced by pronouns are underlined. Since this is a fast moving exercise you may want to give students a chance to revise their answers
once the recording has stopped.
3. Whiteboard classroom activity - Individual or paired work
Have students write sentences using pronouns on whiteboards after they’ve heard the
sentence spoken twice. Pause the recording and give students time to write
their answers. When they’ve finished have them listen carefully and check their work
when you stop pause and play the answer. This works particularly well with pairs of
students because they can help each other and the work won’t seem so tedious. I often
allow my pairs of students to keep track of one point per correct answer and at the end
of the activity see which group has the most points.
4. Bell ringer activity
You have five or ten minutes to spare at the end of class, so why not play a sampling of
the pronoun drill? With 50 sentences to choose from you could keep it quite varied.
5. Group writing game
Chances are you have your students’ desks in some kind of rows or groups. Here’s
a fun way to change up the pronoun drill a bit. Let’s say you have rows or groups of five
students. Before starting the drill recording give the first person in each group a
blank sheet of paper and he should have something to write with.
Number the paper 1 - 5 (or the number of students in the group) and as you play the drill the first student has to write his answer next to #1. He has to write something even if he doesn’t know exactly how to spell it. Immediately after the answer is pronounced on the recording he must pass the paper to the next person in his group. It’s important not to hesitate because the recording will continue.
Person #2 records his answer and so on until each person in the group has had a go. At this point, stop the recording and the last person in each group brings the paper back up to the first person who can look over all of the answers written by his group members. He can make any changes he wants to make to anyone’s answer BUT STUDENTS CANNOT SPEAK A WORD TO EACH OTHER.
He then passes the paper back down the row and everyone gets a chance to change either his own or another group member’s answer. They should move fast though because here’s the catch, the first group to turn in a 100% accurate paper to the teacher wins that round!
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