Teaching students a new language is always a challenge. Even though you may have a great, even fluent, grasp of the language yourself, communicating that knowledge to students can be very tedious, especially for the students themselves. A great deal of language educations materials suffer from being repetitive, joyless and ineffective. Among the newer ways that teachers are learning to instruct students in language are audio materials that involve the students in a story. This makes it much easier to pay attention for the students and a lot easier for the teacher to get the new material across.
Hearing information placed in the context of a story is one of the easiest ways to learn. French audio materials allow students to sit back, relax and get into a story. When they fail to understand everything that’s being said, there’s a ready motivation for them to try: understanding the story. It also allows them to get the idea of how French is actually spoken by those who call it their first language. This is enormously helpful and it makes the language education they receive useful for real-world situations as opposed to only being useful for passing tests.
For those who homeschool their children, these audio materials provide a good way to learn to speak French. If your language skills aren’t up to fluency, the audio materials will likely help you to develop your skills to a higher level, as well. In any language, the same words and phrases-I am, you are, he is, etc.-are repeated a lot. By hearing them over and over, you can improve your fluency while allowing your students to develop theirs, as well. Because a story is being told, there are likely new words for everyone to learn within the story.
Learning to speak French from audio is also excellent for vocabulary building. As an example, a computer can be called several different things in English: a computer, a PC, a tower, a workstation, a desktop and so forth. If you heard Americans speaking English, however, you’d almost always hear the word “computer” used in preference to any other. The same is true with other languages. You can build a student’s vocabulary through rote exercises, but there’s no guarantee that the words they’re using are what actual speakers use. In a story, the speech is natural and the vocabulary useful.
About the Author
Dr.Dennis Dunham has over 25 years in international education experience and is a co-creator of LanguageandLyrics.com, a website designed to help you learn French the right way. If you’ve tried every language product out there and haven’t made progress, visit LanguageandLyrics.com to see how learning French can be easy and fun.