Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to Use a Mannequin in Your Classroom #8: Learning to Describe Hairstyles

Third year French students are currently learning how to describe a person's hair in detail.  Our textbook presents vocabulary on specific hairstyles as well as what to say at a hair salon if you want to get your hair cut.  I used a collection of wigs and masks (many of them purchased at Halloween stores) and my friend Jacques to introduce these words in class.
Jacques has short, black hair.  And he's saying, "Merci.  Merci beaucoup".

Jacques has braids.

Jacques has short brown hair.

Jacques has a punk hairstyle!

Jacques has hair that's short on the top and sides, but long in the back.

Jacques has curly hair.
Jacques has long, black hair with highlights.

Students also practiced suggesting how Jacques should cut his hair for the various hairstyles shown.  I got my students to laugh with the Elvis mask, and I was proud that they understood the joke in French, however simple it was :).   


  1. A bit creepy, but fun nonetheless!

  2. Not as creepy as snakes and jars of frogs, like in your classroom! :)



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