I have found the use of rhythmic chanting very helpful as I introduce new conversations to my elementary school classes. It serves to teach them pronunciation, help them practice, and really get the language in their heads! (They are often chanting long after class is over.)
I put together these little youtube videos to enhance their experience of chanting-- they can now see the visuals as they chant, which is another way to reinforce the language. I hope that you French teachers will find them useful for your classes!
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