Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.
Often, teachers don’t practise this with students, as they don’t think that students can handle it. They can, it just needs to be done slowly and methodically.
If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like M. Formidable by R. Hargreaves is excellent!
I really like M. Formidable, since the topic is really simple (A guy is just perfect at everything and shows off).
There are many pictures in the book as well.
This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.
If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.
If you’re finding that students can’t handle a book at this level, try something even simpler, like even younger children’s books. That should help.
To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.
If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!
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