Décrire une personne: teaching and learning how to describe a person

This article serves a double purpose: to give tips on how to prepare a lesson in French meant of communication and to provide contents on how to describe a person. The languages used are English and French. Titre de la leçon: ELLE EST JOLIE; Niveau : A2 ; Groupe : étudiants de ESF 203 (Université d’Ibadan); Durée : 4 heures; Date : Mercredi 8 mars 2017 Les Objectifs  Communicatif: acte de parole: … Continue reading Décrire une personne: teaching and learning how to describe a person

Learning French for communication


Wherever French is a foreign language, the issue of competence in the language and the teaching methods is crucial. As a teacher needs a teaching method, the choice of the method should tally with the needs of the learner. The Communicative Language Teaching, the official method in Nigerian secondary schools, will suit people who want to use French for communication in real life situations.

The CLT is not a well-defined teaching method, it is rather a broad approach to teaching, characterized with classroom practices which take into consideration the communicative dimension of language, i.e. making the learner to communicate in French.
It focuses on the ability to communicate the meaning of a message rather than concentrate on grammatical perfection or phonetics.
It is learner centered. Authentic materials are brought into the learning situation in a bid to harmonize classroom language learning with language activities in real life situations.
All teaching practices should aim at developing the communicative competence in an authentic context. The 4 communicative competences to develop are Oral Comprehension, Written Comprehension, Oral Production and written Production. All other competences (grammatical, textual or pragmatic) are used through the communicative competences to realize speech acts (actes de parole).
The CLT classroom is characterised by pair and group works, activities that encourage learners to develop confidence; role-plays to develop language functions.
It is important for the teacher to understand the student, which implies that the teacher would modify its syllabus to satisfy the needs of the students. It places a heavy demand on learners too. CLT is not the best method of teaching, but its vitality will surely pay both the learner and the teacher.

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My life as a student and photographer

MA VIE COMME ETUDIANTE ET PHOTOGRAPHE My name is Adesida Adekemi Roseline. I studied French at the University of Jos, Nigeria and I am also a photographer at Mickyrosefotoflood. We offer different services such as teaching French, German and Yoruba languages. We shoot weddings, engagement, birthday, naming ceremony and portraits. You won’t regret dealing with us because we offer great services. We are not perfect … Continue reading My life as a student and photographer

Knowing your level in French for a better placement

The Common Reference for Languages in Europe has a complete package for the learning, the teaching and the assessment of languages in Europe, including French. In French, the body is known as the CECRL (le Conseil Européen Commun de Référence sur les langues). We intend, by a series of articles, to simplify the document on and in French to make the content available and accessible. Today, … Continue reading Knowing your level in French for a better placement

Professional French: a vehicle for new opportunities

A sensitization seminar about the professional needs and opportunities linked to the French language was held at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja on Wednesday 30th November 2016. The Seminar was organized by the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigerian French Language Project, Embassy of France in Nigeria and the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie, Paris. At the Opening of the Seminar, the Ambassador of France stated that France … Continue reading Professional French: a vehicle for new opportunities

5 Ways of Saying “Only” in French 

“Only” might seem like a pretty lonely word, but there are actually several different ways of saying it in French: the adjectives seul(e) and unique, the adverbs seulement and uniquement, and the verb phrase ne… que. First let’s take a look at the words seul(e) and seulement: wondering why there is an e in bracket for seul? Don’t forget that French is a language that … Continue reading 5 Ways of Saying “Only” in French 

La chanson en classe

Qui  n’aime pas la chanson en classe ? Mais, le problème, c’est comment l’enseigner ? Où trouver des chansons? 

Sachant que la chanson motive, permet d’acquérir du vocabulaire et même de la grammaire, un bon professeur doit savoir élaborer des activités, viser des  compétences visées et utiliser/créer des ressources.

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