Jen sent some new ones from Quebec. I am trying to get excellent songs that the kids can really relate to in French, German and Spanish. If we don’t have these categories, we won’t have a single place to access songs, which I think is very helpful for those of us who work with songs:
C’est Moi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fnrs0KvEos&feature=related
J’attendrai Mon Tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX7fQDl50EA&feature=related
Rebatir Notre Histoire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aRFi1Ao-VE&feature=related
4 thoughts on “French Songs”
I just used C’est Moi for the first time in my beginning French class (grad school students). The response from one of my students was “I really want to learn French!” Thanks for the song, Ben! It was just accessible enough to whet his appetite. Plus for some reason he’s really anxious to meet some “belles Françaises”!
See that is another thing that we haven’t been keeping up with – making up a nice base of songs for the Song category. Send ’em in. In my next life I plan to be a teacher who only uses songs to teach CI. That’s seventh degree ninja teaching, as Paul Kirschling would say.
In what format do you want the songs? In my level II classes, we use a different song every week and work with it at the beginning of class (the way you all do FVR, I guess). Are you just looking for a list of songs (in whatever language) or ideas for application as well?
Sometimes we want a song but don’t want to spend ten minutes to an hour tracking it down. I often avoid doing songs altogether, even though the kids can’t get enough of them, because I am too lazy to pull them together. Another problem is that lyrics from the internet are often grammatically mangled, and that takes time to fix.
So if a group member just sends an email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and includes the YouTube link and grammatically correct lyrics, with maybe a few comments about what level we could use it at and cautions about content, etc., then I could just post it as a blog entry, indicating the language in the title, and categorize it.
If the teacher who sends it in has done all the prep work, especially the lyrics, then that saves the rest of us time. All we have to do is go to our language specific category and choose a song and since we have the lyrics right there for projection, and off we go to class.
That sounds like it might work to do it that way.