8 Warm-Up Activities and Fillers for the French Classroom

Whenever Students Need a Break

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Most language teachers find that there is a bit of dead time during class. This may occur at the beginning of class, as the students are arriving; at the end of class, as they are thinking about leaving; and right in the middle of class, when transitioning from one lesson to another. During this dead time, the best option is to spend five or ten minutes on a short, interesting activity. Teachers from all over have shared some great ideas for warm-up and filler activities—take a look.

Building Sentences

Put together the parts of a sentence.


List all of the vocabulary in a particular category.


Pair off for short discussions.

Meet Your Neighbor

Practice greetings and personal details with other students.

Music Videos

Watch and discuss French music videos.

Name Game

Learn all of the students' names.


Discuss quotations by famous Francophones.


Have students repeat a list of vocabulary.