French songs for secondary students and teachers

This list of French songs for secondary students and teachers includes links to videos and ideas for using music to teach grammar and vocabulary.

It's la rentrée ! Starting back to school is exciting, because it's a fresh start, but it's also really challenging, because it means starting all over again. Having new French students in your class means teaching classroom expectations, learning names, creating a positive classroom environment, team-building, and getting the students excited about being in your class all while introducing as much French as you can in a way that is not intimidating. No wonder teachers go home and crash for the first month of school!

While there are so many things to accomplish in those first few weeks, I've always felt that reaching your students and getting them excited about your class is so important. We want them to learn as much of the language and culture as we can, and because music resonates so well with so many of us, it is my favorite way to get kids excited about my class.

I play music for all sorts of activities, like using videos for vocabulary inference, reviewing terms they've learned, creating close activities with vocabulary and verbs, or just listening for fun when we have some free time. Music has always been a huge part of my teaching.

My last list of French songs is one of my most-read posts, so I thought it would be nice to share a few more!

Here are a few of my favorite songs I like to play during the first few weeks of school. I try to mix up the artists I play so that students are getting new and old songs from all over the world. Although I watch all videos before showing them in class, I've never taught kids younger than 11, so you might decide that the video is not the right choice for your class. 

1. Magic in the air - Magic system

This song is amazing for FSL classes, because it has just enough English to not intimidate students, it is catchy enough that even beginners will pick up some words, and kids really love the rhythm. The message is so positive that it's a great song to play with students who have more fluency, too. 

This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

2. Si t'as été à Tahiti - Albert DePaname

The video is hilarious! It's a fun way to bring the passé composé into class for a quick review, and you can even talk about their summer adventures. I love to print the lyrics and create a close activity with the verbs in the passé composé.

This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

3. La valise - Dorothée

This song is just as silly as the previous one, but it's great for reviewing clothing vocabulary and makes a fun introduction to discussing summer travels. It's catchy, so even if they don't want to admit it, it will stick in their heads.

This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

4. L'oiseau et l'enfant - Kids United

We LOVE Kids United! Their sweet voices remake some popular French songs that I listened to when I was little. This is a modern remake of the original song that came out the year I was born. To find out my age, you'll have to research and do the math on your own! ;)

This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

5. Ose - Yannick Noah

This is another of my favorite songs. I love it at back to school time, because it's about goal-setting and not letting fear keep you from your dreams.

This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

6. Francis- Cœur de pirate

While this song doesn't have anything in particular that corresponds to back to school, it just happens to be one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists, Canadian singer, Béatrice Martin.

 This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

7. Jeune - Louane

Louane is an artist who appeals a lot to middle and high schoolers. She has a lot of songs out there, but I think this one is catchy. 

                          This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

8. Je veux - Zaz

I'm sure I've mentioned this song before, but I just LOVE it!

                            This list of songs for French teachers is a great way to find music for FSL and core classes.

Got any favorites I haven't mentioned? I'd love it if you'd share them below! 

FREE French ebook for k-12

Grab the 2018 French eBook for teaching tips, ideas, and free French activities for Core, FSL, and immersion.

Wouldn't it be great to have some free French resources and teaching ideas from French teacher-authors? Oui? Be sure to grab the 2018 French eBook to find 14 freebies, tips, and links to some TpT resources that might be just what you need for class this year!

I've teamed up with some veteran TpTers and some brand new teacher-authors to make an eBook that includes activities for Core French, French immersion, and FSL middle and high school classes, so you're sure to find something that you can use!

Here's a peek at a few pages. You'll see everything from kindergarten immersion to high school level French immersion and second language classes and everything in between!

French eBook full of tips and freebies for k-12 French immersion, core, and FSL classes.

Some freebies you'll find inside are:
*Exit tickets
*Classroom supply labels
*French colours mini posters
*Question words trifold
*Fall craftivity
*Core French long-range plans
*plus 7 more freebies!

Grab the eBook to get them all!

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FREE French summer writing activity


Are you still teaching? Do you teach summer school? How about a free French writing activity that will help your students practice their French and save you time when you need a quick and quiet activity?

Get a summertime writing activity for FREE at my TpT store. Students complete basic sentences using common present tense verbs to help them review vocabulary, work on sentence structure, and write about themselves.


Grab this freebie here!

This is perfect for beginning French and young immersion students or any group that can use a quick review of basic verbs and vocabulary. I love short activities like this, because they are accessible to all students. You can easily make it more fulfilling for advanced students by asking them to use use new vocabulary words they aren't already familiar with in their sentences and add those words to a personal dictionary. Students who need some extra practice will review past terms as they complete the sentences and the students who have mastered what you've already taught will pick up a few new words along the way.

Want to extend it into a speaking activity? Here are some ideas:

1. Students work with a partner to shares his/her ideas.

2. Make 5 columns on your board and ask for volunteers to write their answers. Make sure they write their names next to their answers. Then, have students work in partners to tell one another what other people are doing (using il/elle now) and whether that is something they are doing (or like to do).

Example : Paul va à la piscine. Je vais à la piscine. OR Je n'aime pas aller à la piscine.

3. Poll students with general questions like "Qui va voyager ?" Notice that this question isn't on the sheet. It will encourage students to use vocabulary that is associated with the words on their sheets. When students raise their hands, you can ask questions such as "Où vas-tu?". You don't need to stick with the five verbs on the sheet, although beginners will have answers ready for those, so you might use those as a starting point and extend the questioning with other questions such as "Avec qui est-ce que tu voyages?" or "Est-ce que tu y vas souvent ?".

4. As a class or individually, ask students to come up with a list of questions that would elicit these responses. Then have students do a class survey, walking around the room asking the questions to classmates.

Example: For the verb jouer, your students could ask the question "Qu'est-ce que tu fais?". Then the response would be the statement that they have written on their sheets, such as "Je fais du velo." You can extend the learning by adding more questions using pourquoi, such as "Pourquoi est-ce que tu fais du vélo?"

You can also find similar season-themed freebies for spring, fall, and winter!

I hope this saves you a bit of time and comes in handy! :)

Self-care tips for teachers

Taking care of yourself is so important if you take care of others. Get some self-care tips here.

Lately, I've been talking with some of my teacher friends about self-care. Some had great ideas, others said, "What is that?"

If you aren't taking care of yourself, how about using this summertime to pick up a few good habits that you can hopefully maintain into the school year? Here are a few that I (and other friends) find helpful.

1. Exercise

This is number one for me, because by nature, I'm a very impatient and fidgety person. If I don't move around enough, I get cranky, I have brain fog, and I just lose motivation to do anything. Plus, I just LOVE to eat, so it's kind of important that I burn off some of that food!

Read more here about how exercise I use exercise to keep my sanity.

2. Take time away for yourself

Whether you are a parent, in a relationship with a non-teacher, or just explaining to your non-teacher friends why you feel so drained sometimes, it is exhausting to always have to be "on" for other people. Take time away just for you, whether that is a night out with friends, a date with your significant other, an athletic event you love, or an hour for a spa treatment. Just don't forget about yourself!   (I try to get a facial or a massage when I can, because nothing is more relaxing than that! I just ask for gift cards for my bday, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, etc. so that I can actually afford it once in a while.)

3. Have quiet time each day

Following on number 2, try to find a few minutes of quiet time each day. This isn't easy when you have family, friends, neighbors, pets, or anyone else who demands your attention. Find a time where you can have that cup of coffee or glass of your favorite drink in the calm. For me, that means waking up before everyone, and it's worth it to start my day with a quiet cup of coffee on my porch before the demands of the day start.

Find a few minutes to have some quiet time by yourself so you can be your best you when you are with your family and loved ones.

4. Get help where you can

When I first started teaching, one of the things I did at home was wash and iron all of our clothes which often took hours of my time each week. When we could afford it, we started taking things to the dry cleaners. Whether it's paying someone to mow your grass, dry clean your clothes, babysit your kiddo so you can have a few hours alone, or finding a food delivery service, just getting a little extra help can be so worth it. There are services for many different budgets, and you can swap out a service for another splurge (like a daily coffee run).

Two other huge time-savers that aren't always expensive :
- Food delivery - Depending on where you live, you can have some or all groceries delivered for a small fee. When I'm exhausted, I'll get an occasional delivery of fruits and vegetables, and the fee is not much more than what I would pay at the store plus a few dollars for gas. To keep fresh food at home, it's a great deal!
- Lawn mowing - we have a lot of Boy Scouts in my neighborhood who will do this for a good price. The lawn is a killer for my allergies and asthma, so I get help when my husband can't get to it.

5. Cook a nice meal

Maybe that doesn't sound relaxing. Maybe you hate to cook. Maybe you just don't have time to cook. All great reasons to skip this one! However, I know a lot of people who love to cook and just get too busy during the week. If this describes you, maybe you could pre-prep a few meals on the weekend so that you don't have to do much when you come home during the week. (I also love my crockpot!)

6. Get outside

Try having your morning coffee outside, taking a short walk before or after school, or riding your bike to lunch on the weekend.

7. Clean your house

Before you think, "What?!?" and call me crazy, keep reading. Some people find cleaning a bit meditative and some don't, but most of us can appreciate a tidy, organized space. I love it when my kitchen is sparkly, my floor is mopped, or my bed is newly changed. If a clean house is part of your comfort zone, knock out one area and just enjoy it. If you can't get to the whole house, really clean one spot and enjoy it!

8. Snuggle with your pet

Just like giving yourself permission to relax and do anything else, really taking time to love on an animal is so calming. My little assistant is always by my side. :)

Cuddling with a pet is a great way to relieve stress and calm down after a long day.

9. Unplug from social media

This one is so hard for me, but I really do feel so much better when I step away from the computer, the phone, and all social media. It's so easy to spend too much time worrying about what is going on out in the world and not living in the moment you're actually in. 

10. Read a good book or take some time to binge-watch.

It's okay to do this. Really. I love to read more than anything, but sometimes that is just too much energy. TV marathons are sometimes the way I can slow down my too-busy brain. :)

Speaking of, if you have a great show I should watch or book I should read, please share names! I'm needing something new here. French or English is great! I don't really have a preference.

French task card Scoot game

Review French verbs and vocabulary with this fun game!
Need a fun way to help your French students retain information and review their concepts? Have you tried Scoot? It's been a long-time favorite in my class, because it helps my students really get the concepts and they get to move around a lot. Movement is really helpful for helping students retain information, and providing movement is a great way to get those wiggly students to focus and work more quickly. Trust me on this one ... my little one has ADHD and I've tried everything to get him to finish his homework in a more timely manner. Moving around is the number one thing I can to do to help him stay focused. You're sure to have kids in each class like this, but the others will also benefit!

Read: 7 Ways to incorporate movement into your classroom

So, what is Scoot? If you already use task cards, you're already using part of the Scoot game without knowing it! Just get a set of task cards you love, tape one card on the corner of each desk, and give each student an individual answer sheet. Students will move from desk to desk at certain intervals answering the questions on their answer sheets. I've always given them 30 seconds, but you might give them 1 minute if you have littler ones. When it's time to move, you can signal this by saying "Scoot!" or if you prefer French, my teammate and I decided to use the term "Filez!" Either way, just let them know the word to listen for.

This Scoot game is a favorite way to practice avoir and être present tense conjugations in FSL and Core French classes.

Click here to see these avoir/être cards for beginners.

To make it easier, I number the cards and then tape them on desks in numerical order so that students can easily move from one desk to another. Regardless, it's a good idea to walk them through the order before you start moving?

Students start with the question at their desk, so if a student is at question 15, he/she would do question 15, then when it's time to move, that student would move to question 16. If you have 20 students and use 20 cards, then the student at desk 20 would move to desk 1 for his/her next turn.

This Scoot game is a super-fun activity for practicing and reviewing French verbs and vocabulary.

Each set includes a lined answer sheet or this box style sheet.

When you have finished, you can check the answers together, making this a perfect review for a quiz or test. I give a prize to the students who get a perfect score (and I include a prize in all Scoot games), but your students will love it with or without prizes!

This Scoot game is a fun way to practice the passé composers in French class. The verb activity includes cards with avoir and être and is a great quiz review!

Click here to see these passé composé cards.

You can find all of my Scoot cards here.

French verb conjugation task cards

Click here to learn about a time-saving activity for practicing French verb conjugation that students love!

Want a fun way for students to practice French verb conjugations that will save you a bunch of time? Oui ?

Have you heard of Boom Cards? These digital task cards are :
  • paperless, making prep time just that much easier.
  • self-checking, so students get feedback right away. 
  • playable on any device with a modern browser.
  • digital, so your tech-loving students will love using them! 
*You will need an internet connection to play the cards.

If you teach beginning French, there's a brand new bundle of beginner verb conjugation activities at my Boom Learning store. All decks contain at least 20 cards with a mix of multiple choice and short answer questions. The sets are all available individually, but there is a discount for buying the bundle.

Click any link below to see the individual sets and check out a playable preview.

Want to try out a free set first? Grab this deck for using avoir and être in the passé composé and see what you think!

Digital task cards for practicing French verb conjugations are a huge time-saver that students love!

Click here to try this deck for free!

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below! :)

Year-end activities for French

End of the year activities for French class that work with any group.

It's the end of the school year! But, wait! You still have two weeks left to teach! Sometimes you have finals at the end of the year, so you're reviewing for a test. Sometimes you have field trips and other fun days planned. However, there are those times when you just have a few days, a week, or even two weeks where you have students but you don't have much to do!

When I taught AP French, the students actually took the test two weeks before the end of the year! We kind of considered that the end of their course, since really, that test was the culmination of many years of French. That doesn't mean my administrator was okay with us doing nothing.  So, what did we do? We made crêpes, watched a tv series that one of my students bought me on DVD (yes, in French), and made a survival guide for the younger kids. It was my only class of seniors, and it was bittersweet to say goodbye after years together, so I relished in every moment we had. I'm sure they appreciated the time, too, since they were busy taking AP tests for other classes during those two weeks!

Regardless of your situation, you're sure to find yourself with extra time at some point, and it can be hard to find meaningful ways to use that time while being respectful of what your students need at the time. Here are some ways that I've used that time to do something fun yet worthwhile.

Do a community service project.

Students can help others while learning about associations in the area that provide relief to those in need. If you can tie it into your curriculum, that's great! If not, maybe there is a French or Spanish non-profit in your area that would appreciate some help. Whether it's running a food drive, volunteering somewhere, or cleaning up a local park, there are many ways for students to help others.

The last community service project I did with my class was collecting toiletries for a local organization that provided them not only to homeless shelters but also to food banks where families pick up necessary supplies. They are always at a shortage of things like soap, toothpaste, and diapers, because many of these items are not covered by any government subsidies and many families just cannot afford them.

How did it tie into our curriculum? We had just read L'Assassin de papa* by Malika Ferdjoukh, a book in which the main character was a homeless teenager who did not have access to regular showers and toiletries. As we discussed the boy's living conditions, we decided we'd like to find a way to help others. With a little help from the internet, you can find organizations that help others and find the tie between the service and the learning objectives.

*If you're looking for a good book to read with teens who are pretty fluent (older immersion kids or FSL students who have good reading fluency), I highly recommend this book. I taught it several times and the kids loved it!

Take a field trip.

Okay, I know not all schools will let you do that at the end of the year, but it doesn't hurt to try! If you need to tie it to a curriculum, find a French restaurant where you can go have lunch and teach the students some conversation phrases that they need to use during the meal. Other great field trip ideas: visit a museum, a local university, or a historical neighborhood that might have some cultural sites to visit. You can have students write or present about it after the trip.

Taking field trips is a perfect year-end activity for foreign language classes.

Put them to work.

Seriously! Have your students make a review game for next year's incoming students. You can have them make board games, computer games, or anything else that will help your class review. I used to have my French 2 classes make review games for my advancing French 1 students. It helps them retain what they've learned from way back when, it's collaborative and low-stress, and they loved creating games with their classmates.

Have them use their knowledge to guide younger students.

If you teach middle or high school, have your older students work together to make information packets for next incoming class. I used to have my graduating seniors make lists of survival skills for high school and I'd pass it out to my advisory class of freshmen at the beginning of the next year. If you teach middle school, you can still have your oldest group do this for the incoming class of 6th or 7th graders (or whatever grade middle school starts in your area).

An easy way to set this up is to group by category so that the task isn't too overwhelming. Some categories we focused on were extra-curricular activities, people to turn to, what I wish I'd known, resources to use, and cool technology/apps for studying. Brainstorm with students and let them have some control. After all, they are the experts on what worked and didn't work for them.


I know I talk about food a lot. What can I say? I love to eat! But seriously, if you have access to a kitchen, make some French food. Maybe you can swap classrooms with the cooking classroom for a day. If you don't, have students find recipes online and bring in dishes from home. You can even have them each do a short presentation (graded, if you want) on the dish or the country of origin.

Cooking is a great way to bring culture into the foreign language classroom.

Want to make it even more fun and win some big points with parents and administration? Make a French restaurant in your classroom and invite families to come. Or you can do what Christèle M., one of my favorite French teachers, did and invite teachers and principals to the restaurant while students present the foods and serve them. How amazing is that? Kids will never forget that one, and your principal will LOVE it!

Visit a grade school.

Have a group of students visit a grade school and teach a short lesson in French. They could teach a song, read a book, perform a skit, present a French culture topic, or show off their conversation skills by teaching the little ones how to greet one another.

Find some new music.

If you're familiar with how I teach, you know that I just love music for language acquisition. Not only is music an amazing way to teach culture, vocabulary, and verbs, but students love it! Want some new songs?

Read this blog post for French songs I love to play in class! 

Make a commercial.

As a former immersion teacher, one of my favorite activities was during our persuasive writing unit. Students learned all about the different persuasion tactics, and we watched funny commercials I found online. Thank you Internet! Then, I brought in the most ridiculous items I had at home (which I will not list here so as to not poke fun at the manufacturers of said items). The students got into groups of 3 or 4 and had to create commercials persuading the audience to buy these items. If you can film the commercials, you can then have a watch party, which is just way too much fun! Bear in mind, the sillier the items, the more fun they will have!

Have any fun ideas for filling that spare time at the end of the year? Leave them here!