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French Class Projects

Language classes are as fun or as boring as the teacher and students make them. The following project ideas are suitable for traditional French classes, homeschoolers, and independent-study students looking to spice up their self-instruction.

Online Translation - French Class Project
Online translators can be a blessing or a curse. If you don't speak a word of a foreign language, an online translator can give you the gist of a web page's meaning. However, the translation will likely be full of errors and strange wording. French students may be uninformed about these online translation problems and may try to get away with using one in order to lessen their workload. This project can help them understand why it's not a good idea.

Make French Flash Cards
Studying endless list of French vocabulary can get tedious, which doesn't do language students - or their teachers - any good. One way to make learning vocabulary more interesting and interactive is with the use of flash cards. This article has information and tips on creating French flashcards and putting them to good use.

Language Scrapbook Project
Creating a language scrapbook is a fun and interesting way to arrange all of your materials on everything related to the language and the place(s) where it is spoken. The end product makes a wonderful keepsake, and can be added to in future classes.

French Journal Project
There are any number of ways to practice French every day, and one easy and interesting one is to keep a French journal. This project, which can be done in class or independently, is fully adaptable for any level and duration.

French-Speaking Regions and Countries - Write a Report or Country Study
Researching a francophone region or country and writing a report or country study is an interesting project for French classes or for independent studiers looking to spice up their self-instruction. This project is perfect as a long-term activity for intermediate and advanced students, though it can also be adapted for beginners.

French Webquest
A webquest is an interesting project for French classes or for independent studiers looking to spice up their self-instruction. This project is perfect as a long-term activity for intermediate and advanced students, though it can also be adapted for beginners.

Create a French Magazine - French Class Project
Give your students an assignment to create a French magazine, with articles and ads. While this project is best suited for a final project and can be used as the basis for an end-of-term presentation, it can also be adapted for less time - whatever fits your schedule.

Make a Photo Album or Family Tree - French Project
Making a photo album or family tree is an interesting project for French classes or for independent studiers looking to spice up their self-instruction. This project is perfect as a short-term activity for beginning to low-intermediate students.

Create a French Village - French Class Project
This fairly short-term project - one week to one month - will put vocabulary related to shopping to the test.

Create a Travel Brochure, Poster, or Bumper Sticker
Creating a travel brochure, poster, or bumper sticker related to a French-speaking country or region is an interesting project for French classes or for independent studiers looking to spice up their self-instruction. This project is a short-term activity for any level of French student.

Mardi Gras Mask Project
Mardi Gras, which means "fat Tuesday" in French, is celebrated in many francophone regions. Mardi Gras masks are a traditional part of this annual celebration, and making them is a fun and very creative project.

Write a Letter to Santa in French
In the run-up to Christmas, it can be especially difficult to keep on track with your French studies. Instead of fighting it, why not incorporate Christmas into the classroom? One fun and easy way to do this is to write a letter to Santa in French.

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