Sentence Drills and Self-Correction
Sentence drills can be challenging, especially checking the production. French language has so many homophones, verbs are complex, and plurals are tricky… With so many things to be careful about at the same time, it can be overwhelming. The student can quickly get confused and distracted and thus forget to correct things they nevertheless know.
One way to help the student work is to via a personalized auto-correction chart to follow to check their work. The main goal is to fragment the work so they can focus on one rule at a time to go over their production. Each time a new rule is learned, we can add it to their chart. First they can check all of the capitals and periods, Then they can go over their work and check all of the plurals, last they can focus on the verbs. It might seem to take longer, but by following a systematic plan, it will improve efficiency. With practice the students will go faster and be able to anticipate and after a while, the rules will just pop into their minds as they write. A color code is used to help visualize, and it can be less used as the student gains more confidence. Experience shows that students usually enjoy this method and benefit from it.