Strategies for watching French movies

      When French is your second language it can often be intimidating to watch an entire movie or video in French.

I will be taking my students to see a French movie in the near future so we have been reviewing viewing strategies.

I would like them to feel comfortable watching a movie in French, despite the fact that the dialogue might happen very quickly.

We brainstormed some strategies that might be helpful when watching a movie in French (or any second language).

Here is our list!

Strategies for watching a movie in French
(if French is your second language)

*  Look at the pictures / animations and try to figure out what is happening.

* Watch the expressions of the characters and pay attention to their body language to help you understand the movie.

* Look up a summary of the movie in French (une sommaire) and then make a “word cloud” using http://www.wordle.net/

*  If at home you could choose “French subtitles” on your DVD player.

* If at home you could watch the movie in your first language before viewing it in French. This might help improve your understanding.

* Use your prior knowledge to help you understand the movie. Listen for words you know already (les mots connus) and for words that sound like English words (les mots amis).

* DON’T STRESS OUT if you don’t understand every word!!! Focus on listening for words you know, watching the action in the movie, and trying to piece together what’s happening.

* Enjoy the movie and enjoy practising French in a really fun way!!!

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