Being a French teacher using CI (Comprehensible Input) methods is UNFAIR.
- A million resources are made and ready to go for Spanish teachers.
- Conferences seem to be tailored to Spanish teachers.
- They have SHAKIRA.
- They have Day of the Dead.
- They have el Internado.
And perhaps the biggest blow of all…
- THEY HAVE SEÑOR WOOLY!
It seems like we have a few options given this terribly unfair environment.
- Râler (a personal favorite. For non-French speakers this means ‘to grumble’ orrrrrr something less appropriate for the blog-o-sphere…you fill in the blanks there…)
Is it really THAT bad or disparate? We have such rich cultural topics to pull from, Stromae, a bajillion countries where French is a main or official language, Martina Bex who has come out with so many products in French, Frenchified, Cécile Laine and le petit journal francophone, A whole Facebook group just for French teachers using CI/TPRS, and TV5Monde:Enseigner, which is literally a whole bank of lesson plans and materials just for French teachers.
And even if Señor Wooly becomes Monsieur Wooly someday it’s not as if his videos and songs are a magic bullet to THEBESTCLASSEVER. Just like any video, image, book, or other artifact that we use in class, it’s only as good as WE make it. Kids will only get as pumped as WE get about something. My intent is not to downplay Wooly, but rather reframe the idea behind the mania.
All of these resources for Spanish teachers exist because at one point a Spanish teacher created them. This isn’t a call to arms, just a gentle reality check. If you desperately want something enough to râler, then make it. I’ll be real honest…I don’t make things for the masses (yet). I’m in full consumer mode right now, and it’s okay if you are, too. If you saw my Teachers Pay Teachers resources you’d be surprised at how many Spanish ones I’ve bought to translate into French! I have a dog and boyfriend whom I adore and outside of classes I spend as much time as I can with them. We’re all in different places and it’s all good. But maybe you’ve been thinking about producing your own amazing French resource for everyone to use. This is your sign! It’s waiting to be made 🙂
With love in my heart,
Lemon, the best dog that ever lived.
The main reason I’m a consumer and not a producer. Worth it.