Boys as Journalists: Creating Agency in a Language Classroom

  • Boy Voice and Choice (2019-20)

Developing student agency in the language classroom has always been at the core of my teaching practice and, in particular, encouraging the boys to engage in the French language for more than assessment purposes. At my school, many of the boys’ engagement is heavily driven by assessment tasks and I wanted to increase their agency in terms of boy voice and choice through Project-Based Learning. My Year 9 French class created a French magazine over the space of three weeks at the end of the school year. The boys had to work collaboratively to decide together on the topics they would write about, the layout of the magazine, and they needed to regularly provide peer feedback to assist each other.