The best way to learn a language is to have a daily contact with it. I have been saying this sentence to my students for years and, after a bit of thought, I decided to put together a weekly routine to help them achieve that. It’s fairly simple to follow and every level can do it, Primary, Middle and High school alike. Plus, if your students do it well (and are disciplined at it) it should really boost their level quickly. Last but not least, it features activities to practice all language skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
The principle is to have your student in contact with the target language once a day. It can be for 15-20 minutes, as long as they do it regularly. The weekly is designed so students experience a different language skill everyday, that way they can tailor their own learning (if a student need extra work on his listening skills, he can focus on that). The material used in the routine is essential authentic material that I selected from Internet, useful website and online videos. It also has links to my Google Drive (unfortunately, you won’t be able to access them, but I encourage you do your own – it’s very simple to do).
How to use it ?
Just make it it accessible to your students. Send it to them via email or post it on your Google Classroom, or Moodle, or Drive… Anywhere possible. Present the routine to your classes, presenting some of the activities that they can do. Your students can use it everyday, every second day, or once in a while, depending on how they need it. It could also be used in class, with over achievers or struggling students.
Weekly Routine – Grades 6-8
Weekly Routine – Grade 9-12
I designed these two Weekly Routines for my French classes, but don’t hesitate to adapt them to your own Foreign Language groups !
Have fun !