The following two activities were created as a visual starting point for oral and written expression in French. The first activity uses comical pictures of the Parisian subway stations that play on the (double) meaning of the names of the stations. It can be used to practice vocabulary of professional occupations, or as a cultural activity. The second activity is based on Jacques Dutronc’s song “Il est cinq heures” (1968). It allows students to understand the Paris of the 1960’s, draw contrasts with today, and understand the song’s numerous plays on words. Suggestions are given for further written exercises.
Although the presentation is in French and about Paris, it is hoped that it can also inspire instructors of other languages.
(Brief lesson plans for both activities; annotated text of Jacques Dutronc’s song and student worksheet)
(Power Point presentation: ready-to-use slides for both activities)