French for Mischa

posted by .

The first question I used to ask my students was "Why are you studying French?" They didn't always have the "best" reason but those that had a good reason, started with a great attitude and did well. In case they didn't have a good reason, I had a handout with "More than 75 good reasons to study French." So, of course, I have to ask you, Mischa: "Why are you studying French?"

The next thing we did was to anaylze what kind of learner each student was. If you learn best by something visual, you need to SEE what you want to learn. If you learn, aurally, you need to HEAR what you want to learn. If you learn kinesthetically, you need to PHYSICALLY be involved in what you are learning. I am a kinesthetic learner so it is more difficult to learn, but once you do, it stays a lot longer! Of course, the best way to learn, in order to "hit" all those types of learning is to HEAR, SAY, SEE, WRITE in that order!

Flash cards are good if they are small enough to carry in your pocket. Then you can practice whenever you have time (waiting for a bus, etc.), by having English on one side and French on the other. It doesn't take long to make 2 piles = those you need spend no more time on and those that need more work. I used to color-code the parts of speech: nouns = blue, verbs = green, adjectives = red, etc.

All my students had access to a hand-held recorder. Record what you want to learn (or have someone with good pronunciation do that for you), leaving a space after each word or expression. At first you only listen passively. This is as close to learning by osmosis as you can get! Then, listen and repeat in the space you left, trying to match the pronunciation, intonation exactly of the model. To do this, you need to be sure that the model is correct. The third step is to listen, think and read (see) what you are trying to learn. Then, when you can listen, say, close your eyes and "see" it in your mind's eye, you are ready for the final step. Listen and write in that space, checking VERY closely with the written script, having the exact spelling, including accents.

STUDY HINTS:

1. Pay attention in class. The old "you snooze, you lose" saying applies here.

2. Ask questions. How will you understand something confusing if you do not ask?

3. Study a little every night. You can not learn a language just by attending class and then putting your book in your locker until the next day! Language learning is an ongoing process. Think about how you learned English as a young child!

4. Start flash cards today. For each vocbulary lesson, make a stack of cards (3x5 cards work great because they are sturdier than paper).

5. Participate ACTIVELY! Do not wait to be called on; raise your hand! By being an active member in class you can get feedback on your pronunciation and make sure you have a handle on what you are learning!

6. Color-code the spelling problems to "set" this in your "mind's eye." Use the bilious yellow, orange, lime-green, hot pink, etc.

Hope there are not many typos as I'm going as fast as I can!

Mme

  • French for Mischa -

    Personally, I really like the sound of the language. And I always wanted to go to France, maybe travel or even for work. I am just really interested in French culture.

    I would love to know some of your 75 good reasons to learn french.

  • French for Mischa -

    Here you go; no way am I typing all this!

    http://www.ecu.edu.au/ses/iccs/cware/french/motivation/whyfren.htm

  • French for Mischa -

    How do you spell Com ce com ca?
    Thanks
    Amy

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. french

    can you tell me which words are feminine or masculine radiateur miroir joueur du cd calendrier réveil boîte des bijoux lampe téléphone mobile vêtements bouteille de l'eau many thanks Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help …
  2. English- Essay Help!

    Okay, so for part of an essay, i have to say WHY i picked the subject i did. My subject's Toussaint Louverture, and the only thing i can think of is that it's not good to think that all french people are white, and that he's a great …
  3. Statistics/probability

    Of 120 students, 60 are studying French, 50 are studying Latin and 20 are studying French and Latin. Find the probability that a student is: (a) studying French or Latin and (b) studying neither.
  4. French

    Why is studying French important? Why do we study French in Canada?
  5. French-Please Help

    Why is studying French important? Why do we study French in Canada?
  6. Social Studies

    So my question on is: Why did the English establish colonies in the Americas?
  7. social studies

    12. Why were the native Americans so important in the clash between the french and the British explain which side french of British received the best advantage with the native Americans provide evidence supporting your reason for selecting …
  8. A. social studies urgent PLEEEEAAAAAASSSE HELP!!!

    12. Why were the native Americans so important in the clash between the french and the British explain which side french of British received the best advantage with the native Americans provide evidence supporting your reason for selecting …
  9. Maths

    A large school in the UK offers its pupils the opportunity to learn several non-English languages. It turns out that: • 55% of pupils in this school choose to learn French; • of the pupils who learn French, 40% also learn German. …
  10. maths

    In a survey of 100 students, the number s studying various languages were found to be: Spanish, 28; German, 30; French, 42; Spanish and German, 8; Spanish and French, 10; German and French, 5; all three languages, 3. (a)How many students …

More Similar Questions