French speaking prompts for beginners

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7th, 8th, 9th
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If you want a fun, new way to get your beginning French students speaking, these beginner speaking prompts are a fun, easy activity that you can use as a whole class activity or in small groups.

With these prompts, we play a game I call "Sur la sellette" which means "in the hotseat." You can play it with any of my speaking cards. Here's what you do:

Cut apart the speaking prompts and place the onces you want to use in a box. You can use any type of box, but I normally use a shoe box or an old tissue box. Because I like things to look cute, I put decorate my box. I've included the cover I use for you in the resource if you'd like to use it.

See the preview for a photo of my box.

Call students to sit on a stool (or stand) in the front of the room. They draw a question and speak about the topic on the card. For true beginners, you can have them give a complete sentence. If your students are a bit more advanced, you can have them speak for a desired amount of time. You can choose the next student or have the student who was "sur la sellette" choose the next student.

If your students are really shy, you can print off multiple sets and have them practice with their neighbors. They also work really well as bellwork prompts, journal entries, or exit tickets.

All cards will prompt students to discuss basic topics learned in the first year, such as "ma famille," "ma classe préférée," "dans mon sac à dos," or "mon sport préféré."

You'll get 45 prompts on cute cards that you can cut out and pass out to small groups or put in the question box. For shy classes, the small groups activity is great, but for those groups that love to talk, you can put them in a box and make a "hot seat" where one student at a time will draw a prompt and discuss it. You can set the expectations - maybe it's one sentence, 30 seconds, or even a minute!

If you want to make a conversation box like the one shown in the preview, I've included 3 different pages you can use to decorate the front of your box.

Your students will love using their French in a meaningful way, and you will love hearing all of your students speaking!

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