Using student interest to provoke learning

When teaching language, I think a lot of our content can be enhanced by adding elements of what the students love into it, even when the topic itself isn’t that engaging. For example, we have recently been learning vocabulary about the house and furniture or items that are found in rooms in the house. Harry Potter has recently piqued the interest and enthusiasm of my 3rd Grade class, so I thought this would be a great way to teach key vocabulary under the ruse of exploring their passion for Harry Potter. We collectively described what we think Harry’s room looks like, pointing out important French words related to the topic and then the students drew and labelled pictures of Harry’s room. This led on nicely for students to write a description of their own room.

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