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French Resources: Juno-Nominated Gregg LeRock

Monday, November 26, 2012

Canadian educator and musician Gregg LeRock has an obvious love of teaching and inspiring children through music. An Honours List graduate of the University of Ottawa's distinguished Lettres Françaises faculty, Gregg has managed to incorporate French curriculum in his songs in a way that is diverse and entertaining. He has released three best-selling CDs (Encore, Vive LeRock and JUNO nominated OUI!) and performs up to 175 concerts per year. You may recognize some of his songs in a variety of Canadian textbooks for French such as À La Ronde, Carrousel, Visages, Images, Destinations and Acti-Vie. As his name suggests, kids enjoy his music because "it rocks." French teachers enjoy it because his songs are easy to learn and help teach vocabulary, grammar and verb tenses.

Gregg LeRock has recently released his latest CD Le caractère compte and was kind enough to send a couple of autographed copies for my school. I have been listening to the CD in my Jeep on the way to and from work these past few days and I already have some favourites. "Le boogie de Chicoutimi" ranks at number one just for the make-you-wanna-dance factor alone. "Je suis capable," "Mon sac à dos," "Lunettes de soleil," "Le caractère compte" and "C'est juste" are all catchy tunes, too. But there is one song that I am sure will become quite popular because it pays tribute to a Canadian hero - Terry Fox. The song "Terry Fox - La persévérance" is perfect for motivating students in the weeks leading up to your annual Terry Fox run and would work very well in a French Immersion classroom, too. Check out the song for free by visiting You can also follow Gregg LeRock on Facebook for the latest updates. Also, his 2013 tour dates are listed on his site if you are at all interested in bringing a group of students to a Gregg LeRock concert. And if you've already booked, amusez-vous bien!

Disclosure: I was sent product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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