Swan and Néo
For those of you who know me, you know I am IN LOVE with Clip Chat. (If you don't know what it is, you can check out my presentation for the FREE Practical and Comprehensible conference starting this week. Or, if you're coming to CI Mitten this weekend, I'll have two Clip Chat (CC) presentations on Saturday!
We've also been playing "Hot and Cold": one student leaves the room and I hide one of my favorite Beanie Boos, Tang, somewhere in the classroom. When the student comes back in the room, we indicated how close to finding Tang they are by saying chaud for close and froid for far away. So, I did what I always do, and searched chaud et froid on YouTube. The first thing that came up was a Swan and Néo "hot and cold" challenge!
They have a wheel they spin to see if the person completing the challenge is going to get a "hot" or "cold" challenge. The first one to go, Néo, had a cold challenge: he had to lie in the snow for one minute.
We only did a few of the challenges today (I had student predict which they thought the wheel stop on), but I'll finish them next class. Afterwards, we'll rewatch but I'll ask before each turn if it's a chaud or froid. (This is one my favorite comprehension-type checks; I talk about it during my workshop on literacy in the elementary language classroom, but I'll write a post about it soon.)
Teachers of other languages, are there similar YouTubers/influencers in your L2? Let us know!
Allison Litten, the 2019 VFLA TOY, teaches French at the Marion Cross School, a public PreK-6 school in Norwich, Vermont. This is her twenty-third year teaching, and twentieth at Marion Cross.