For French teachers: a good way to get kids to remember the difference between the accent aigu and the accent grave:

Boxers, normally righthanded, lead with the left hand. I ask the right handed kids to stand up and lunge forward with their left forearm leading, as if to punch, while they yell “aigu!” – the left forearm, with the hand upper right and the elbow lower left is in the form of the accent aigu and all that the kids have to do to remember that is to yell aigu when the left hand goes out. Next, they follow with the right forearm while yelling “grave!”

That other way with the falling into the grave always confused me, and always ran the risk of upsetting kids who may have recently suffered a loss.

I haven’t yet figured out yet how to work with the left handers on this, however.


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