At a Glance

Discipline

  • Languages

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Discussing
  • Solving problems
  • Reviewing & assessing peers
  • Writing
  • Presenting
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Zoom (for the video conference)

Class size

  • Small (20-49)

Time

Multiple class periods (2-3 classes)

Overview

In this activity, students are given a homophone to work on in their groups and have to demonstrate their understanding of the proper use of it as well as common pitfalls students experience when using the homophone.

In class, the instructor provides the students with guidelines for the assignment and gives a brief revision on the subject, noting the homophones that often cause the most problems. Students then identify the grammatical category of the homophone and use it in a sentence. They then come up with a creative trick to remember the rule, keeping in mind common mistakes when devising ...

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In this activity, students are given a homophone to work on in their groups and have to demonstrate their understanding of the proper use of it as well as common pitfalls students experience when using the homophone.

In class, the instructor provides the students with guidelines for the assignment and gives a brief revision on the subject, noting the homophones that often cause the most problems. Students then identify the grammatical category of the homophone and use it in a sentence. They then come up with a creative trick to remember the rule, keeping in mind common mistakes when devising their trick. Each group presents their trick to the class in the form of a talent show (ex. A song, a skit, or a video), they also provide the teacher with a small quiz to ask the class after their presentation is done to show that they retained their trick.

Finally, students put their tricks on Moodle for everyone to have access to and they answer questions on homophones at home. They then write a short reflective text about what they retained from the exercise and which homophones they have difficulties with.

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Instructional Objectives

  • This activity serves as preparation for the writing portion in the midterm and the oral presentation in front of the class
  • To help the students have greater control over grammatical rules by having them identify the categories for their homophones
  • To evaluate the level of the class so that the instructor can see where to focus on based on holes in their past knowledge

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

Homophones Talent Show

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Contributor's Notes

Benefits

  • As it is often a challenge to translate knowledge from a rule to their writing, this activity helps students to integrate it better by giving them useful tricks
  • They revise grammar in a more creative way which helps students overcome the difficulties they often have with this subject in 101 French in a more fun way
  • They have access to other people’s work so it serves as a memory bank for students to consult any time
  • The collaborative work helps to build a better class atmosphere and to expose people to new rules they had not heard of before

Challenges

  • Since the guidelines for the activity are relatively free, sometimes students have difficulty staying in line with the objective or take too much time.
  • If done in class, there is a lot of time wasted between presentations and the polling system does not work as smoothly or have immediately available results.

Tips

  • The instructor has to give the students clear guidelines and show them examples
  • It is best to do the activity earlier on in the semester to see the grammatical problems right away before they write the midterm and do their oral presentations
  • The format of the video conference is very beneficial as it makes the presentations a lot quicker to do.

Applied Strategies

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