Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

Day and Date:
Tuesday, September 23rd

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):
French advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:
Texting in French/ Text Language

Goal of the class:
To learn about the way French people text each other
To think about the impact of this language over the French language

How did you structure the class?

1. Warm-up
I write a sentence in “SMS language” of the board. I ask what is it, what does that mean. Who uses this language? Does it exit in the English language? What do you think about it?

2. Comics
I give them a comic strip and we read it together. Half of it is written in SMS language. I ask them to think about how it is composed. Why it is used in an usual context in this comics? (it is a student at school).

3. Video – listening comprehension

We listen to it twice and students have to answer some questions in pairs.

4. Article – reading comprehension

We read it together and explain the vocabulary.
What are the pros and cons of the SMS language?

5. Practice
I write on the board 5 sentences. Then they have to “translate” them into SMS language. Then, I call students to the board and the rest of the class gives suggestions

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
They seem to have a bad opinion about texting language in English. I told them that it is almost the same in France, except that we still use a lot of these abbreviations in regular emails to friends. I should emphasize on those for another class.
The video was a bit difficult for them. Maybe I should find or create a transcription.

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– Leur donner quelques phrases à essayer de « traduire » en SMS. Pour cela, les appeler au tableau.
Salut, qu’est-ce que tu fais demain ?
Coucou, tu viens au café lundi ?
Salut, rendez-vous à 3 heures devant la fac. Bisous, à plus !
Tu vas bien ? Je t’appelle dès que je peux. Bon après-midi !
Coucou, quoi de neuf ? J’espère que tu vas bien.
J’ai un problème, je suis trop occupé au travail. Tu peux me rappeler s’il te plaît ?
Salut ça va ? Moi je vais bien. Ça y est, j’ai acheté un cadeau pour Marie.

ADV 7 Le langage SMS