How can we foster motivation for French Immersion students to speak French?

As a new teacher (as of January) looking to learn as much as possible, I took the advice of my final practicum mentor teacher: I got a mentor. I signed up for my district’s new teacher mentorship program, and was accepted. I was lucky enough to get a fabulous, experienced mentor who teaches the same grade level and at my school. I really can’t over-state how lucky I feel about all this. Gushing aside, this program is built around an inquiry process, and my guiding question is: How can we foster motivation for French Immersion students to speak French?

This is an age old question, and one that gets a lot of knowing chuckles and sighs from people in the biz. Ironically, I find that motivates me to continue looking at this question.

During my Educational Psychology courses at UVic, we learned about motivation in terms of the 3 A’s presented by Alan McLean on Education Scotland’s The Journey to Excellence website: autonomy, affiliation, and agency. Check out this video to hear more.

I will post soon about some ideas that I have encountered, but in the meantime please feel free to comment with your ideas and/or frustrations related to this topic!

Published by Britney Allen

I am a French Immersion teacher fuelled by chocolate, leopard print, and family & friends. I love sharing and hearing new ideas.

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