Fantastic French Films for Children! A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Language Learning
As teachers, we understand the significance of exposing our learners to diverse cultures and languages. What better way to spark their curiosity and foster language learning than through captivating children’s films in various languages?
Film provides us with us with an authentic language resource which can transport learners to a target language country, listening to natural and real use of language and voices. This is a cornerstone of the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) language teaching methodology which places a strong emphasis on using authentic texts and language sources in the language learning process. By engaging with materials that native speakers use, learners can better understand how language is naturally used in various contexts, such as in everyday conversations and daily life.
In this blog, we’ll explore some of our recommendations for the best children’s films available in French, providing you with a diverse selection of resources to enhance your language lessons and engage children and young people in a fun and educational cinematic experience.
“Le Petit Nicolas” is a charming French comedy that brings to life the adventures of Nicholas and his friends. Based on the popular book series by René Goscinny, this film follows the mischievous yet endearing Nicholas as he navigates the ups and downs of childhood. With its light-hearted humour and relatable characters, “Le Petit Nicolas” offers a fun and engaging way for learners to practice their French language skills while immersing themselves in the world of childhood camaraderie and imagination.
French title Une vie de chat (A cat’s life) and English title, A Cat in Paris.
“A Cat in Paris” is a beautifully animated French film that combines elements of mystery, adventure, and charming storytelling. The film follows the nocturnal escapades of Dino, a cat who leads a double life as a pet to a little girl by day and as a daring cat burglar’s partner by night. When the young girl’s mother, a police officer, discovers the truth, an exciting adventure unfolds. “Une vie de chat” not only captivates young audiences with its engaging plot but also exposes them to the enchanting streets of Paris and the French language in a memorable way.
Transport your students to West Africa with “Kirikou et la Sorcière,” a beautifully animated French film celebrating African culture. The story revolves around Kirikou, a brave young boy who confronts the wicked sorceress to protect his village from her malevolent spells. This film provides an excellent context for discussing themes of bravery, kindness, and the power of determination with your students.
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