Madame! Madame! Madame!

At 7:45 a.m. it begins.

“Madame! Madame! Madame! Bonjour!”

“Madame! Madame! Madame! How is Lemon (my dog)?”

“Madame! Madame! Madame! Here’s an invitation to come to my camp with me!”

These days I rarely ever hear the word Madame just once at a time, nor without a tone of sheer delight behind it.  Yesterday a student told me during a passing time “Madame, don’t tell [this teacher] or [this teacher] but you’re my favorite teacher in the whole world.” I’m always curious when a student gives me praise as to WHY I’m their favorite teacher.  What is it they love so much so that I can keep doing that? Yesterday the response was, “Because you’re so pretty and nice.” Womp. Womp.

You mean your love for me has nothing to do with how I’ve carefully considered where to place brain breaks to maximize your attention, lower your affective filter, and maximize language acquisition? What about my presentation on an awesome cultural thing presented in comprehensible French? And did you notice that I was entirely in L2 while maintaining comprehensibility?!

No. But…yes.

“Madame you’re so nice…”

Really means…

Madame, you don’t force us to produce language before we’re ready.

Madame, you make class fun and engaging.

Madame, you laugh with us and show an interest in what we love.

Madame, learning French with you is accessible to all of us.

Two years ago I’m not sure that I would’ve received half as many ‘Madame, madame, madame’s!’ nor half as many compliments about being nice because I hadn’t yet discovered the power of teaching with CI (comprehensible input).  I am SO THANKFUL for this discovery and the colleagues who have pushed me to learn more and more about this method because it brings so much joy to my job/students’ lives.

I tend to overcomplicate the simple in most parts of my life, but today, instead of creating that perfectlyalignedmostamazinglessoneverwiththeperfectflowandtiming, I want to chase more excitement and joy by creating an environment of fun centered on my students and what THEY want to talk about in French.


5 thoughts on “Madame! Madame! Madame!

  1. SO excited for you! I can’t wait to keep learning from you! Love the picture of you with your adorable student, the berets, her Eiffel tour
    dress, and of course your buttered toast (?) costume!


  2. Nice post Blair. I’ve found that the less I “teach,” the faster my students develop. Sometimes (not all the time), I just gotta get out of the way and let them use the language. It has been hard getting my students (Korean University students) to understand, “This is NOT a lecture. This is the language gym, and I’m your personal trainer! And much like a personal trainer, I’m not lifting the weights, you are. So get to it. I’m here to help you!”


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