French and gamification: Teaching French through game-playing

With over 30 years of experience between us, teaching both Core French and French Immersion, we have discovered that one of the most effective modes of delivering explicit grammar instruction is through gamification. Consequently, we developed many games to build upon grammatical, oral and language skills being taught, presently, in our French Immersion classes which we would like to share with you. These games are skill-targeted and are, therefore, ideal for both cross-level (grades 1-8) and Core French and FI programmes. We discovered that engagement significantly increased when gamification was built into our programmes, because the games provided our students with opportunities to have access to the content while being able to interact with their peers at their comfort levels. We took well-known games, such as, Taboo, and modified them to build language skills for varying levels of learning.

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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

This session is full.


    Alison Cuthill

    Alison Cuthill has been teaching French for over 20 years at all levels, K-grade 12.  Originally from Toronto, she has enjoyed living around the world but, more relevantly, in France for 6 years where she also attended the Université de Nice.  Since moving to Victoria 12 years ago, she has been teaching French Immersion at Keating Elementary.  Presently, she teaches a grammar and language (oral and written) French skills program and is the French librarian.  Alison has an Hons. BA in French from Reading & Nice University and an AQ Hons Specialist from OISE, UofT, in French, as well as her Masters in Literacy and Language from UVIC.

  • Spencer Trerice