Useful MFL games for Senior Cycle

I wrote this post for another French blog last year and thought that I may as well share it on my own! I sometimes found inventing games for senior classes difficult- unfortunately they were significantly less invested in any “Charades” efforts! I hope these help.

“Chain game”

This is extremely simple, and basically involves each student saying a sentence in French. Each student has to repeat each student’s sentence from the very beginning, so it’s a good test of concentration and memory. It is particularly useful for testing tenses- for example past tense, where students can describe what they done yesterday or at the weekend. This is really useful for oral work and perfecting pronunciation- it’s an all rounder!


Running to the board games:

Again, this is really straightforward but is really useful to reinforce vocabulary learned for a particular topic. Split the class into two teams, and ensure that each student takes turns to write vocabulary related to the topic on the board. The team with the most vocabulary wins. This even makes learning about the environment in French fun!

“Minute game”:

Again, this is topic focused. Split the class into small groups. Give each group an important topic related to the written answer on the syllabus- for example healthy eating. One student from each group must speak about the topic for one minute without repeating themselves or pausing. If they repeat themselves or pause, the next team member must continue speaking about the topic for one minute. Teams are awarded points for completing the minute, as well as not hesitating to intervene. The first group to achieve six points win. I’ve found this particularly useful for solving students’ fear of speaking French in class.

“Quiz trade”

Here, each student will have a card with a French phrase and the English translation. Students stand up and find a pair, asking their pair what the phrase on their card means in French. Each student will guess each other’s card and swap cards. Each student then continues and finds another partner to swap cards with.

When the activity ends, students will use their card with their new phrase to incorporate it into written work. They will also aim to incorporate the first card that they had in the following sentence, as well as any other vocabulary or phrases that they learned in the game.  I find this effective for learning vocabulary for written pieces- it certainly makes the learning process slightly less tedious for the students.

I hope that these proved helpful- bon courage in incorporating them into your own classroom!


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