1. Inside Outside Circle ("Memory" version)

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Have participants form two even circles, the inside circle FACING the outside circle. (If you have a very large class, you might form two sets of circles.)
1. Teacher gives prompt to group; keep it short enough, as the inside circle students need to remember and repeat back what they heard from each member of the outside circle!
2. Students on outside circle respond to the prompt. (Exemple: Comment étais-tu quand tu étais petite? Donne 2 caractéristiques physiques, 1 ou 2 traits de personnalité et 1 chose que tu aimais faire. "J'étais blonde et petite pour mon âge; j'étais timide mais active; j'aimais grimper aux arbres.")
Teacher may give a time limit at which point outside students move one spot to the left. Outside circle students repeat the answer to their prompt.
3. Once the outside circle students have returned to their original spot, it's now up to the inside circle students to say back to them what they heard, using the "Tu" form: Tu étais petite et blonde, tu étais timide mais active..." Of course students may offer hints and coaching. As before (to keep things simple), each student on the outside circle rotates one spot to their left.

Exemples d'emplois:

1. Notre activité pour se connaître: (samedi matin)

-Votre nom/ sobriquet
-Dans quelle ville / état vous enseignez (et à quels niveaux)
-un endroit francophone que vous n’avez pas visité et où vous voulez aller et pourquoi
-une chose intéressante au sujet de vous (par exemple, j’ai habité dans 5 états américains différents pendant mon enfance)

2. Likes/Dislikes (au niveau débutant): Dites comment vous vous appelez et dites deux choses que vous aimez faire et une chose que vous n'aimez pas faire.

3. Les phrases conditionnelles: Dites où vous iriez et ce que vous feriez si vous gagniez un grand voyage. ("Si je gagnais un grand voyage, j'irais à Madagascar parce que j'adore les lémuriens et la culture est fascinante."

Lien à une variation avec une vidéo d'une classe de Français: Teacher Toolkit: Inside Outside Circle

2. Quiz, Quiz, Trade

This cooperative learning technique from Kagan Cooperative Learning can be done as a group (great in the hallway) or in pairs. It can be used for review or to tap into prior knowledge. Think of what you want to review / tap into and make up questions, at least one per student (or student in each group). Example: culture / vocabulary related to a specific theme (food, schools, clothing, etc.). It could also be grammatical (a sentence in the present that they must put into the p.c.). Write the answer on the back of each card.
As a GROUP:
1. Have all of your students stand up. (Again, if you have a very large class, you can make two copies of the cards and have two groups. That will cut down on the number of cards you need to think of.) *Need even number of students, so you might need to step in and participate, too. (When I do that, I require each student to ask me a question.)
2. Give each student a card. (See template below.)
3. Social skills are always embedded into Cooperative Learning activities so I always model first. Students should mingle--holding their card up in the air-- without speaking until you call "Allez!". Once they have the signal, they face the person standing closest to them. (I also model what NOT to do, which is have they bypass the person closest to them to get to their buddy.)
BEFORE they pose the question on their card, they should greet their partner in TL. (Again, social skills!)
4. A poses the question to B. Ok for them to show the card, but they MUST read it aloud.
5. B tries to answer. If B struggles, A should coach (not just give the answer away). When B gets it (or coaching does not help), A shows the answer to B.
6. Repeat, switching roles.
7. NOW TRADE CARDS!!! (Thus, Quiz, Quiz, Trade). This will allow students to have a number of cards throughout the activity.
Use your judgement as to how long to keep it going: +/1 5 minutes.
I often have a few extra cards and insert those (I take away someone's card, especially if it's a very easy one) at a certain point.

In PAIRS:
You simply make enough sets so that students can work in pairs. (This is where having a T.A. is super helpful! Our juniors and seniors can sign up to be a T.A. for a course, coming once or several times per week to class.)
Excellent for review.

Here is the template I use.



3. Fan n' Pick (Cooperative Learning Technique, Kagan Cooperative Learning)

Materials Needed:
-Question cards with an answer key* (I also use this technique a lot for open-ended questions, without a specific answer)
-Optional: role cards with descriptions for students
How it Works:
Fan-N-Pick is a question/answer activity that teams of students play together. Each member has a very specific role (very important in cooperative learning), so until the students feel comfortable with the roles, it helps to have them visible.
1. Student #1 fans the cards to student #2 and says, "Pick a card, any card!" (Choisis une carte, n'importe quelle carte!"
2. Student #2 chooses a card and reads the card aloud.
3. Student #3 answers the question aloud to the group.
4. Student #4 checks the answer for accuracy and gives coaching if needed or a praise if the answer is correct.
5. The roles rotate clockwise. Student #1 gives the cards to student #2 who fans for student #3 and so on.
Exemples:
-Les phrases conditionnelles, d'après le niveau de langue ("Si tu gagnais un million de dollars, que ferais-tu?"" ou "Si tu pouvais changer une chose à notre école, que changerais-tu et pourquoi?")
-Les devinettes
-Vocabulaire en contexte

Quelques liens utiles: Edutopia Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom