With each unit, the students are asked to write a portfolio in French as a culminating project. These are always daunting for them at all levels (remembering college and writing that theme paper in French, one can commiserate). Recently, I gave my students the following advice in order to help them to feel more confident to even get started.
- Prime your brain for French. I promise this works.
- Watch at least 20 minutes of a DVD movie that you know VERY WELL BEFORE YOU START. Listen AND read the subtitles in French. Either leave that on while you work, or if you turn it off, don't turn on any English entertainment until you're finished working on your portfolio.
- If you listen to music while working, make sure that it is only instrumental or that it is French language music. Having any input in English will only confuse your brain.
- Here's a playlist for French!
- Keep your sentences simple. It is easier to say, "I broke my arm when I was 10." than to say, "Even though I had already been in gymnastics for five years, I broke my radius at 10 years of age."
- Write a rough draft. Email me the rough draft, and I will give you the coding to correct any mistakes that you have, then you can go for the final to submit. Perhaps more work, but I am willing to do the extra work if you are!
- We don't learn from our mistakes; rather, we learn from correcting our mistakes.
- If you're willing to redo it, I'm willing to regrade it.
For now, please comment below! What pieces of advice do you give to your students when they are gearing up for Performance Assessments? How do you encourage them to get started?