For the Student
If you’re playing CONTACT during class, you’ll be under the guidance of your French teacher. Depending on the study program you and your instructor will pick a time for the game and the appropriate activities before and after playing.
It’s vital that you use the book INSPIRE! for self-analysis every time you play CONTACT. Either you or your teacher can download and print out INSPIRE! right here on this website. It’s also important that you take notes on your activities and progress and that you continue your practice independently at home. It’s expected of you that you post your own goals and that you make a point of interacting with your teacher. As a self-guiding learner you’re best equipped to monitor your own progress and do not constantly need a teacher’s attention or guidance.
Your progress will advance most effectively when you
- assist your peers during the game
- actively use a dictionary, search the internet, and make use of other handy resources
- complete 2-3 online activities customized to hone your biggest insecurities
- base a final project on a theme from the game by writing an essay, a poem, drawing a comic, making a short-film or sketch
For the Adult Student
CONTACT, a game of communication, is well suited for the adult student taking French language courses or learning French with colleagues at work.
To achieve fluency and self-confidence in conversation skills it is necessary to break some barriers that sometimes exist for adults, things like the fear of speaking up in a foreign language and too much self-control. The methodology of CONTACT helps relax those barriers.
The environment of the game is meant to lessen anxieties about making mistakes and encourages the use of existing knowledge to converse in a spontaneous and natural way.
CONTACT is a most fitting way to develop verbal communication skills between 2 to 6 players of the game.
The first picture depicts a situation that frequently arises in Paris; you get to play the role of the person either asking for or giving directions on the street. You’ll have ample opportunities to practise both roles in the CONTACT game.
This picture shows another typical situation where in a restaurant you must decipher the menu and order your chosen meal from rushed waiter.