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Practice follows on from repetition only when you are confident that the
pupils have spent enough time on repetition. If they haven’t spent enough
time on repetition they will find practice activities too difficult and their
poor pronunciation will hinder their progress.

Practice is the stage where pupils get the opportunity to practise the
language they have learnt under the supervision of the teacher.

During this stage it is very important to make sure that pupils are still
supported with the vocabulary they have been asked to practise i.e. leave
flashcards stuck up or OHP still on etc.

Practice usually involves some sort of pair work or group activity which
the teacher should model to the class before it is attempted. While class
are practising the teacher monitors and can pick up on any problems with
pronunciation. With many practice activities you can start to build upon
“pupil language” and encourage them to use it for a real purpose. They
can be taught “that’s true/false” “that’s correct/ incorrect” “it’s my/your
turn” etc.

At the end of the practice activity the teacher can ask any pupils whom
he/she saw performing the activity well to demonstrate it to the class.



Below is a list of suggestions for practice activities. This list is by no
means exhaustive.

   1. The class is divided into 2 equal groups. The groups form 2 circles
      with one outside the other. The circles walk in opposite directions
      and when they are told to stop they turn to face the person

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       opposite them in the other circle and perform a mini role play. This
       works well for simple questions such as “What is your name?” “How
       old are you?” “How are you?” etc. The role play can also be
       extended to have more than one exchange.

       This activity works well if you have taught using mimes. Instead of
       asking a question when they stop, the pupils take it in turn to mime
       and guess vocabulary.

   2. Divide class into pairs and ask one to be A and one to be B. B turns
      to face away from A. A draws on B’s back with his/her finger a
      number B has to say which number it is in French. If B gets it
      right it is A’s turn to have to guess. This activity works well with
      numbers and letters.

   3. Divide class into pairs and ask one to be A and one to be B. A
      mimes at B and B guesses the mime if it is correct they swap. This
      activity can be extended and works well if there is a question and
      answer e.g. Using the context of pets, while A mimes at B he/she
      asks “Do you have a pet?” B should not just say the animal which A
      has mimed but “I have a … .”

   4. Secret choice. Divide class into pairs and ask one to be A and one
      to be B. A secretly chooses one of the phrases or items of
      vocabulary they have just learnt and B has to guess which it is. A
      counts how many turns B takes to guess. When B guesses they
      swap. Whoever guesses with the least turns wins. This activity
      may be extended into a question and answer activity. For example
      if the vocabulary taught had been hobbies. A would ask “What do
      you like to do” B would reply “ I like to … “ until B got the right
      answer.

   5. In pairs pupils take it in turn to mouth the new vocabulary to their
      partner, the other partner must repeat aloud what their partner
      mouthed. If they get it right they swap roles.

   6. In pairs or small groups pupils use finger puppets and invent a short
      role play dialogue which they perform to the rest of the class.
      They can be encouraged to draw upon previously learnt vocabulary
      and include it in their role play.



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   7. Os and Xs (Morpion). Give pairs a laminated Os and Xs grid with
      the symbols representing the vocabulary you wish to practise.
      Before pupils can claim the square with a O or X they must say
      what it is in French.

   8. Surveys. This can be a simple or as complicated as you wish. For
      example, ask five people “How are you?” or “Do you have any
      brothers or sisters?” and note your results on a grid.

   9. Hot/Cold. Ask class for a volunteer. Volunteer selects an item of
      vocabulary, from a list of vocabulary on cards, which the class has
      just learnt. Volunteer is sent out of class. The item of vocabulary
      is hidden in the classroom. The volunteer is asked to come back in,
      the rest of the class start to say the word/phrase. As the
      volunteer gets nearer to the word the class repeat it quicker until
      the volunteer finds it.

   10. Clapping syllables. This can be a whole class, group or pairwork
       activity. From a list of vocabulary or phrases which the class has
       just learnt syllables are clapped. The audience guesses which
       word/phrase the syllables belong to. Once it has been guessed it is
       someone else’s turn to clap out the syllables of a different word or
       phrase.




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