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I'm going to be teaching French for three weeks, at a school here in Sweden. The kids are 12-14 years old. I seem to have alot of freedom concerning the structure of the classes, but since I haven't taught much at all before, I'm a little bit at loss about finding good activities to spark their interest. Their prior teacher (who quit quite abruptly) was very bad I've heard (her teaching was bad, although her French was excellent), so they're probably wondering if I'm going to be any better... The main problem is that I don't really believe in public schooling, but I'm very fortunate that my classes don't have tests at all, and that schools have gotten much more relaxed since I graduated myself. I don't think they're graded either (at least I wasn't twelve years back).
I'm looking for ideas to spark their interest and make learning fun. Most of them choose French because they have an interest in it. But classes have been pretty lame so far, they say, too much focusing on the textbook. The 12/13 year-olds say they barley know how to count, know very little about introducing themselves, talk about their families etc.
The older students are working with names of clothes at the moment.
Games are fun as long as the kids (of that specific age group) enjoy them and (consequently) learn from them. I'm just not very experienced in what games work and don't.
Any ideas welcome!!