Salut tout le monde!
Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you haven’t heard in ages and surprised yourself by singing all the lyrics? Or out of no where you pull out a jingle from your childhood?
Music and catchy rhymes/jingles stick in our minds for years, while verb conjugation charts and memorized data can poof! disappear.
Music activates both the right and left sides of the brain, meaning, if you remember something to a tune, you’re more apt to recall the words than if you just read it or heard it spoken.
Music in another language is not only beautiful, but it opens the students to the nuances of language and culture.
Songs help students learn a world language.
This is why I highly encourage students listen to French in all forms. In class we sing A LOT! We sing when we make a cirlce, when we clean up and when we sit down to start class. If you ask my students how they sit down, they’d likely start singing: Asseyez-vous (clap, clap) to the tune of Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
If you’re looking for ways to do this at home or in the car with your children, I have a few suggestions.
Download the app Spotify for free music. My favorite playlists are Nouvelle scene francaise and French Cafe Lounge. You can also check out France Top 50. Touch the browse tab, then charts, and then Top 50 by Country. Finally, click France Top 50.
Download the app Radio Française. My favorite is Radio Nova.