Introducing students to their first functional vocabulary and conversational French usually requires demonstration through dialogue. Students may read dialogue scenarios in a textbook, listen to sound clips, or view a brief film to first learn how francophones exchange greetings and move through daily life. Once students have been presented with the appropriate vocabulary, storyboards are a great way for them to practice dialogues in a variety of combinations. Use the graphics and text bubbles in endless combinations to allow students to simulate real-life scenarios and conversations.
Each of the sample dialogues below uses characters and speech bubbles to convey conversation between people. The scenarios provided are suitable for beginning French students in their first few weeks of language instruction. The dialogues include exchanging greetings, ordering food, describing people, and talking about school. Another way for students to practice some of the same essential vocabulary, however, is to include narration in a text box below each image. This can be in addition to or in place of the dialogue. When depicting students on a school bus, for example, students can describe the characters’ names, personalities, and interests as a third-person narrator.
Students might also enjoy being creative with their characters. Perhaps the dialogues could be between animals or their favorite movie characters. The storyboard characters can even be adapted to look like their friends, classmates, and teachers. Small adaptations such as these may increase student engagement. Adjust the assignment directions and rubrics as necessary to account for your teaching preferences.