Game with numbers

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Stereotypes always work well, and they’re a good start.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Game: I give a number (eg: 3) then we start counting from 1, going round the students. BUT, when a student has to say a number that either contains a 3 or that is a multiple of 3, he MUSTN’T say the number. Instead, he has to say “hop” and we keep going. If he says the number, he’s out.
Then I showed a video “ foux du fafa” that is a parody of the French. Then I asked the students to list what the stereotypes were.
Then in groups I asked them to come up with a list of stereotypes that American peole have in mind when they think about France, and to draw a picture illustrating the list.
Finally we listened to a song by Lynda Lemay “ Les maudits francais” I gave them the lyrics right away because the song is a little hard, and we discuss some expression that she uses in it.
How did students react?
They found the game a little hard, but did a good job.
They loved the video “foux du fafa” but then we did not have a lot of ideas about stereotypes.
The final song was a little hard for them but they did recognize some elements that we had talked about previously.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes they tried.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Sheet, pencils, you tube, handouts with lyrics

Please attach a copy.

Linda Lemay – Les maudits Français

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Why or why not?
Because it’s a good activity to have the students relax. They can say anything they want