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Contents - A-level

The Language Teacher Toolkit a handbook by Steve Smith and Gianfranco Conti is available from Amazon.

 
A-level translation units by me and Gianfranco Conti on TES

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Grammar exercises
Translations
England and Wales exam preparation
Texts with exercises
Video listening
Discussions
Cultural topics

 

 

GRAMMAR

GRAMMAR EXERCISES

See the Y10-11 page for more grammar exercises which may be useful for A-level revision.

AS grammar booklet
This booklet of 14 cloze and multi-choice exercises replaces all the separate sheets which were displayed here separately. All answers supplied. Low advanced level (AS).
Working out gender
Present tense irregulars crossword (1)
Present tense irregulars crossword (2)
Time expressions
Using infinitives
Tense revision - Eng-French translation
More verb tenses
Negatives
General grammar revision
P.D.O. agreements
Prepositions
Perfect and imperfect tenses together
Depuis, pendant, pour, il y a
SI clauses
SI clauses crossword
More tense practice
Passive voice
Passive voice (with faits divers)
Direct and Indirect Speech
Relative pronouns
Auquel, duquel etc
Prepositions
Conditional
Rough guide to modal verbs
A2 level grammar revision sentences to translate
Answers to the above sentences.
A2 level grammar revision sentences to translate (harder ones)
Passive

SUBJUNCTIVE
Subjunctive lesson plan by Sarah Shaw (Aspirelanguages)

Resources for the above lesson plan (some cutting out needed for student cards)
Part 1: Summary of triggers for the subjunctive (PowerPoint slide)
Conjunctions (PowwerPoint slide)
Part 1 and 3-1. Triggers and Conjugated Verbs
Part 4: Infinitive verbs
Part 5: Reading activity>
Present subjunctive - regular
Present subjunctive - irregular
Je veux que.. il ne faut pas que..
Subjunctive oral/written drills
Subjunctive oral/written drills (2)
Subjunctive or not?
Subjunctive crossword
Subjunctive dominoes
Subjunctive sentences to translate
Subjunctive exercises

GRAMMAR NOTES FOR HANDING OUT

Subjunctive - formation and uses
Passive voice
Past historic tense

TRANSLATIONS

These are aimed at A2 level students (age 17-18).

English - French

Water poverty
Benefits and challenges of free movement of labour in the EU
Benefits of immigration
Deaths from air pollution
Nelson Mandela
Jules et Jim 1
Jules et Jim 2

French - English

Extract from Candide, ou l'optimisme
Multiculturalism and integration
The cartoon book market in France
Slow Food
Jules et Jim

 

 

ENGLAND AND WALES A-LEVEL EXAM PREPARATION

New AS/A-level

AS-level (Year 1 of A-level course)

Conversation questions and vocabulary lists for new AQA AS oral exam
Conversation questions and vocabulary lists for new Pearson Edexcel AS oral exam
Conversation questions and vocabulary lists for new Eduqas (WJEC) AS oral exam
Vocabulary booklet for the AQA specification (Year 1)
Vocabulary booklet for the Pearson Edexcel specification (Year 1)
Vocabulary booklet for the Eduqas/WJEC specification (Year 1)
Six translations into French with stimulus texts
Essay writing guide (AQA)
Essay writing guide (Pearson Edexcel)
Essay language
Two model summary tasks
Vocab list on statistics and comparisons

A-level (Year 2 of A-level course)

Vocabulary booklet for the AQA specification (Year 2)
Vocabulary booklet for the Pearson Edexcel specification (Year 2)
Vocabulary booklet for the Eduqas/WJEC specification (Year 2)
A-Z list of jobs
A-level (Year 2) Eng-French 100 translation sentences
A-level (Year 2) Eng-French 100 more translation sentences
A-level (Year 2) Eng-French 50 (hard) translation sentences
A-level (Year 2) translation sentences.
Verbs to nouns crossword (1)
Verbs to nouns crossword (2)
Adjectives to nouns crossword
Word relationships (1)
Word relationships (2)
Word relationships (3)
Word relationships (4)
Verb revision task
Proverbs and sayings task

Current A2 level - last exam 2017

A-level vocab booklet (old version 2001-2008, covers AS and A2)
Better verbs for essays
A-level vocab list
List of essay phrases and other vocab
Proverbs and sayings task
Record and Self-Evaluation Sheet for UK teachers (edit online)

TEXTS WITH EXERCISES

Teacher's guide to using texts with exercises

PLEASE NOTE I HAVE REORGANISED THESE TEXTS TO CORRESPOND TO THEMES BEING USED IN THE NEW AS AND A-LEVELS FROM SEPTEMBER 2016. THOSE SUITABLE FOR AS-LEVEL OR THE FIRST YEAR OF A TWO YEAR COURSE ARE INDICATED.

FAMILY

Family breakdown in the UK (AS)
Violence in the home in France (AS)
Household chores (AS)
Household chores and divorce rates (AS)
Living alone (AS)
Secrets of a successful marriage (AS)
The decline of marriage in France (AS)
Marriage and health (AS)
Gay marriage - 2013 article

INTERNET

Banning mobiles in school NEW 25.4.17 (AS)
Using mobile phones behind the wheel (AS)
Internet shopping (AS)
Internet use in France (AS)
Facebook - pros and cons (2) (AS)
Facebook - pros and cons (AS)
Gap fill for above
Reordering for above
Twitter abuse (AS)
Online bullying (AS)
Reading task on web sites (AS)
Video games (AS)
Internet dating (AS)
Gap fill for above
Mobile phones in school (AS/A)

VOLUNTEERING

Voluntary work (AS)
Volunteer's story (AS/A)

CULTURAL HERITAGE AND TOURISM

5 passages for dictation or translation on places of interest NEW 20.5.17
The new Cité du Vin in Bordeaux
Tourism - pros and cons
Holidays quiz (AS)
Tourism in France (AS)
Which holiday destination? - matching task (AS)
Musée d'Orsay comprehension (AS)
Favourite food in France (AS)

MUSIC

Stromae (AS) NEW 4.6.17
French music industry (AS)
Music streaming (AS)
Music and personality/intelligence (AS)

CINEMA

Gap fill summary of Au Revoir les Enfants by Louis Malle (AS)
Film review - Gravity (AS)
Interview + exercises with Kristen Stewart from the Twilight films (AS)
Film summaries and reviews - matching task (AS)
Top 10 sea movies - matching task and vocabulary (AS)
Why do sad films make us feel better? (AS)
New Wave French cinema (AS)

TELEVISION

TV or internet: what do people prefer? (AS)
TV and children's behaviour (AS)
Pros and cons of TV (AS)
Jigsaw reading on above - cut out and re-order (AS)
Gap fill for above
TV series or films - which do you prefer? (AS)
Binge watching (AS)
Forum reviews of TV series Les Revenants (AS)
TV and childhood obesity (AS)

WORKING LIFE

Work-related stress (AS)

EDUCATION

Why are girls given better grades than boys? (AS)
French education system (AS)
Bullying in school (AS)
Bullying in school (AS)
Error correction exercise for bullying text (AS)
Exam revision and health (AS)
Stressed-out teachers (AS)
For or against private schools (AS)
Rythmes scolaires: new teaching week in France (AS)
Unhealthy French students (AS)
Listening task to go with above
Should teachers give zeros?
Social background and educational achievement
Redoublement

ADOLESCENCE AND PERSONAL IDENTITY

Survey of French teenagers (AS)
Stereotyping of boys and girls through toys (AS)
Young drivers getting better (AS)
Teenage fashions (AS)
Are branded clothes too expensive? (AS)
Gap fill 1 for above
Gap fill 2 for above
Gap fill 3 for above
Ordering task for above
Anorexia - sheet to accompany video clip (AS)
Bill to ban fashion houses from employing very thin models (AS)
Binge drinking - article in English
Binge drinking - article in French
An autistic boy's story

IMMIGRATION, INTEGRATION, DIVERSITY

Diversity on TV NEW 8.4.17
Homophobia - case histories
Reaction to Charlie Hebdo attack
Republican ideals under pressure
Reforms to combat Islamic radicalisation
Immigration and integration
Integration in 2016
Xenophobia in Europe
Integration
Personal accounts of African migrants
Refugees
Recent figures for immigration in France
Burqa law
Islamic veil
Niqab debate
Burkini
Violence in the banlieues
More violence in Amiens
Racist attack in the Gard
Racial discrimination

POLITICAL ISSUES

The rise of Emmanuel Macron NEW 12.6.17
Young people's engagement with politics
Key dates in the history of the EU
Free movement across the EU
French political system
Notes on French political system
Explaining left and right in politics
The rise of the far right in France
Food wastage
Immigration
Benefits of immigration
Gap fill for above
Unemployment
Human face of poverty
Poverty in France
Gap fill on above
Long gaps gap fill on above
Human rights in China
Fair trade
Eng-French summary on young French working in UK
Eng-French summary: what the EU has done for you
Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the EU in 2012

HOW CRIMINALS ARE TREATED

Prisons in France
Prison crisis in France
Death penalty - for or against

POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Homeless crisis
Using sports halls to house homeless in winter
A homeless woman's story

OCCUPATION AND RESISTANCE

Four women recall the occupation

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Facts and figures help sheet
HS2 - the new British high speed rail line
Electric cars - pros and cons
Genetic engineering - pros and cons
Genome research and artificial life
Bacterial resistance
Animal testing
Greenpeace on Tchernobyl
Space exploration
Space exploration (2)
Interview with a French astronaut

ENVIRONMENT

2015, the hottest year in history
Paris climate change agreement 2015
State of the French environment in 2015
Arctic ice melt - latest trends
2013 IPCC report on sea level rises
5 things we learn from the 2013 IPCC report
Acidification of the oceans
Climate change - French-Eng summary
Climate change - Eng - French summary
Climate change - effects of a +4 degrees temperature rise by 2060
CO2 exceeds 400 ppm in May 2013
Rain forests and global warming
Gap fill on above
Text matching task on above
Deforestation and reforestation
Carbon gas levels
Men and women - carbon footprint
Destruction of coral reefs
Pollution from air travel
Deaths from air pollution
Solar energy
Starter activity on energy
Nuclear energy
Nuclear energy - for and against
Gap fill for above

OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES

Stereotypes and prejudices
Interview with a fashion designer
Gambling in France
Ordinateur - masculin ou féminin?
Video surveillance - for or against
Abuse of the elderly
Gun control in the USA
Legalising euthanasia
Euthanasia

WOMEN

Women in France
Female genital mutilation
Women's rights - mini dossier
Casual sexism
Prostitution - a prostitute's account

HEALTHY LIVING, SPORT AND HOLIDAYS

AS level texts

Legalisation of c****bis
Holidays
Drug taking in sport
Olympic Games
Football terms crossword - not a text
Advertising alcohol on the internet
The French and alcohol
The French and alcohol (2)
Health questionnaire task
The potato!
Risks of eating red meat
Stress - forum answers and comprehension
Smoking
Matching task for above
Listening task to go with above
E-cigarettes
E-cigarettes - WHO report 2014
Do overweight people live longer?
Organic products - pros and cons
The latest on AIDS

DEVELOPING WORLD

World poverty
World water shortage
Effects of climate change on poorer nations
Illiteracy
Child labour
World AIDS Day

ADVERTISING

Advertising
McDonalds advertising campaign

MISCELLANEOUS

AS level texts

Weird news items reading task
Origins of Christmas
Colour-blindness
Déjeuner du matin poem
Fast food in France
Faits divers with focus on passive
Faits divers headlines task + writing/oral work
Four strange news stories
Origins of Christmas
Ice-breaking activities
Interview with a pediatric surgeon
Gap fill song lyrics for Hors Saison by Francis Cabrel
Football vocab list - advanced!
Horoscope
Some faits divers with exercises on the passive
An interesting fait divers!
Père-noël.fr
Christmas presents
Ghosts and vampires
Haunted house story
Mexican fishermen story
A café just for children
Les DOM-TOMs
Gapfill task for comprehension and grammar (based on a fait divers)

A2 level texts

Anglicisms in French
A-Z of French grammar terminology
Lateral thinking stories for discussion
Reading task on exam howlers

30 MINUTE LISTENING

These can be read by the teacher or recorded. Each task should take about 30 minutes, including correcting. You could also use these as A-level paraphrase sources. Some are designed as lectures for note-taking on areas of cultural interest.

Mobile phones (AS) 

Young people and politics (A)

Stromae (lecture) (A) NEW 5.6.17

Impressionism (lecture) (A) NEW 19.6.17

The Front national (lecture) (A) NEW 13.6.17

Living alone (A) NEW 6.6.17

French new wave (lecture) (A) NEW 11.5.17

Prisons in France (A)

Volunteering (AS) 

AUDIO LISTENING

Worksheets linked to Audio Lingua authentic recordings

National heritage days (AS/A) NEW 23.6.17 

VIDEO LISTENING

You can print off for students to work independently (e.g. for homework) or do them as a teacher-led task in class.  Links to source videos are on the sheets. Always check beforehand that video links work! Also check whether a video works on a mobile device. Beware: some videos may not work in your geographical location if you are outside the UK. Please do not let students work straight from the frenchteacher site as logins are not to be shared with students (see Ts and Cs).

Do let me know if any video links no longer work.

FAMILY

Interviews about love and marriage – from Le Français Interactif (Texas Uni) (AS)

French families today – from BFM TV (AS)

Equal marriage – from Youtube/1jour1question

EDUCATION

Bullying at school – from Youtube/1jour1question (AS)

The bac exam – from Vimeo/1jour1question (AS)

Bullying at school – from Agircontreleharcelementalecole.gouv.fr

Interview with former military school student – from France Bienvenue/YouTube

ADOLESCENCE

Who decides which clothes are fashionable? – from Milanpresse/Vimeo (AS)

Tattoos – from Nicematin.com

CINEMA

Christelle talks about a film – from France Bienvenue (no video) (AS)

Describing a film – from i-catcher-online/EMC Publishing (AS)

MUSIC

La terre est ronde (Song by Orelsan) from Youtube (AS)
Je ne regrette rien (Song by Edith Piaf) from Youtube (AS)
Derniers Baisers – holidays topic (Song by Laurent Voulzy) from YouTube (AS)

Savoir aimer (song by Florent Pagny) – from YouTube (AS)
Hors saison (song by Francis Cabrel) – from YouTube (AS)

Frontières – song by Yannick Noah from YouTube (AS)

Aux Arbres Citoyens by Yannick Noah – from Vevo/Youtube

Bonne et heureuse année – from Youtube

La corrida (song by Francis Cabrel) – from YouTube – animal rights

VOLUNTEERING

Restos du coeur – from Youtube (AS)

Restos du coeur (2) – from 1jour1question/YouTube (AS)

Restos du coeur (3) – from TV8Clermont/YouTube/

Voluntary work – from France Bienvenue/Youtube

Helping the homeless – from Youtube (AS)

La Ligue contre le cancer – from La Ligue contre le cancer/Youtube

INTERNET

Tablets and smartphones (AS)

Internet safety – from Youtube (AS)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Eiffel Tower – from YouTube/Tout Paris en Vidéo (AS)
Christmas in France – from Youtube/Nottingham High School (AS)

WORLD OF WORK

Béatrice talks about her job – from Dailymotion (AS)

Job interview advice – from YouTube
Forensic pathology – from Universcience.tv

PRISONS

Fresnes prison – from New News/YouTube 

INTEGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Stereotypes – from Vimeo/1jour1actu (AS)

National stereotypes – from cédric-villain.info/YouTube

Homophobia – from GrandLille TV/YouTube

POVERTY AND EXCLUSION

Châtelet Les Halles – song by Florent Pagny – life in suburbs

Villes nouvelles – from BBC Learning Zone

Madame X – song about poverty by Francis Cabrel

C’est quoi, être pauvre? – from Vimeo/1jour1actu/France TV

POLITICS AND IMMIGRATION

Brexit – from F2/Youtube
Front national – from 1jour1question/YouTube

Introduction to politcs – from 1jour1question NEW 15.5.17

Role of the president – from 1jour1question NEW 12.6.17

Aylan, the little Syrian boy washed up on a beach – from BFMTV/YouTube

What is democracy? – from TVSite

What is laïcité? – from LCP/Youtube 

What is jihad? – from 1jour1question/YouTube
Terrorist attack on Brussels – from Euronews/YouTube

Terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo – from Euronews/YouTube
Freedom of expression (after Charlie hebdo attack) – from 1jour1actu 

Terrorism – from 1jour1question/Vimeo/

WOMEN
Beauty pageants for girls – from BFM TV/Youtube

Wage inequality between men and women from France 24/Youtube
International Women’s day – from Youtube

ENVIRONMENT

Fracking – from TV5Monde/Youtube Greenwashing – environment song from Vevo/Youtube

Air pollution – the science – from AFP/Youtube

Deadly pollution in Italy- from AFP-Le Monde/Dailymotion

Alternative energy sources – from TVSite

Carbon capture and storage – from Universcience.tv

MISCELLANEOUS

Stag night style tradition – from Le FLE avec les Media (AS)
Selling mis-shapen fruit and veg – from Youtube
What is cana…is? – from Vimeo/Milan Presse
Why learn French? – from Youtube
Dangers of e-cigarettes – from RTBR.be
Pros and cons of legalising a well known substance – from France Soir/YouTube
Talking about a sport from France Bienvenue
Talking about weight training from France Bienvenue
What’s the point of sport? from 1jour1question
Speed dating from BBC Knowledge and Learning
Holiday in Corsica – from France Bienvenue
Holiday plans – from France Bienvenue

Animal rights – from Canal+/Youtube
Humanoid robots – from Universcience.tv
Genetic Modification – from F3/YouTube
International Space Station – from AFP/YouTube
Short film – passé composé – from Vimeo
Economic growth explained – from Vimeo/1jour1actu/France TV
Food waste – from Youtube/France TV

GAMES AND TASK-BASED DISCUSSIONS

Murder mystery discussion game

Call my bluff game
Truth or lie game
One-upmanship game Algerian War
Pictures of famous French people for whiteboard
Pairwork on French slang
Pictures for story telling
Scene for creative discussion
Prompts for creative discussion and writing – lots of conditionals
What is the state of the world now?
Pairwork tennis match
Cinderella story for pair work task
Talking about TV board game
Talking about new technologies board game
Talking about advertising board game
Talking about cinema board game
Talking about music board game
Talking about fashion board game
Talking about sport board game
Talking about health board game
Talking about holidays board game
Talking about family life board game
Talking about relationships board game
Talking about education board game
Snakes and ladders conversation game (thanks to Musselburgh G.S)
Record and Self-Evaluation Sheet for UK teachers (edit online)
End of term quiz questions
Asset Languages style listening task
Pros and cons of the internet
Environment
Carbon footprint
Cas de renvoi
Cas de renvoi – ppt for above by Ludivine
Parent-child pairwork scenarios
Sentence starters for discussion
Discussion questions on cinema
TV news programme
Dîner chez les Lavisse 

FILM AND LITERATURE

CAMUS – L’ETRANGER

Worksheets on L’Etranger
Excellent BBC documentary in French and English
Translation into French- Meursault
Notes by David Barfield
Plot summary in French
Webcamus site – good
BBC Radio 4 In Our Time programme
La Marche du siècle France Inter broadcast
Youtube link to a live stage adaptation

CAMUS – LA PESTE

La Peste worksheets by Steve 
English translation of the novel by Stuart Gilbert
Good biography in French with photos
Clear analyses of character and situation
Sparknotes summaries and analysis in English
Wikipedia entry in English
French wikipedia entry
Very good analysis of Doctor Rieux from Etudes Littéraires site
Interesting analysis of the novel in French from Etudes Littéraires site
TV5 video report on the life of Camus. Very clear.
More on Sisyphus and Revolt
AQA model exam essay on Rieux
AQA model exam essay on main themes
AQA model exam essay on role of life of author (by Giles Pitts)
Questions for discussion
La Peste – qui aurait dit cela?

ROCHEFORT – LES PETITS ENFANTS DU SIECLE – Sheets by Anne Swainston

Chapter 1 p.5-11
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6 p.93-103
Chapter 6 p.103-111
Chapter 7 p.113-122
De qui parle-t-on?
Ecris des phrases
Qui est-ce?

TRUFFAUT – JULES ET JIM

Lyrics to Le Tourbillon de la Vie
Jules et Jim Part 1 Chapters 1-3
Jules et Jim Part 1 Chapters 4-11
Jules et Jim Part 2 Chapters 1-4
Jules et Jim Part 2 Chapters 5-9
Essay titles
Jules et Jim film scene summary
Exercises on characters
Questions for discussion and writing
Films de France review (English)
Derek Malcolm review
Review by Clarence Beaks
Roger Ebert review
Jean-Christophe Delpias’ site about Truffaut
Nezumi Dumousseau’s site about Truffaut
Henri-Pierre Roché – biographical sketch
Roy Strafford on the New Wave, Truffaut and Jules et Jim
Internet Movie Database page

ZOLA – GERMINAL by Virginie Passerat

Germinal Part 1
Germinal Part 2
Germinal Part 3
Germinal Part 4
Germinal Part 5
Germinal Part 6
Germinal Part 7
Germinal – vocab for Chapter 1
Germinal – vocab for Chapter 2
Work booklet on Boule de Suif, by Virginie Passerat
Cover for the above

SARTRE – LES MAINS SALES

Worksheets for tableaux 1 to 3
Worksheets tableaux 4 to 7
Key quotations on philosophical and political aspects
Sartre – first principles
Sartre – In our Time BBC radio broadcast

TRUFFAUT – LES 400 COUPS, LE DERNIER METRO, LA NUIT AMERICAINE

The new wave in French cinema
Truffaut biography – translation into French
Video interviews with director Serge Toubiana
Analysis of Les 400 Coups by Anne Gillain
Filmed interview with Truffaur just after success of les 400 Coups
Questions to discuss on Les 400 Coups
IMDB entry and reviews on Les 400 Coups
Good article on Les 400 Coups
Pedagogical guide for teachers on Le Dernier Métro
Alternative version of the above
IMDB entry and reviews of Le Dernier Métro
Discussion questions on Le Dernier Métro
IMDB entry and reviews of La Nuit Américaine

MALLE – AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS – Sheets by Paul Haywood

Sheet 1
Sheet 2
Sheet 3
Sheet 4
Sheet 5

BERRI – JEAN DE FLORETTE, MANON DES SOURCES, GERMINAL, LUCIE AUBRAC

Set of video interviews with Berri from the INA

Jean de Florette résumé- gap fill
Manon des Sources résumé – gap fill
Eau des Collines résumé – matching task
Jean Cadoret – gap fill
Ugolin Soubeyran – gap fill
César Soubeyran- gap fill
Jean de Florette: characters
Just for fun: French and Saunders on Depardieu
Worksheet on the above interview
Study notes by Stuart Fernie
Biographie de Claude Berri
CATS College Cambridge page
Extract from a dossier pédagogique
Short Guardian article on Claude Berri
Heritage films – Germinal
Germinal synopsis with glossary
Résumé gap fill
Characters
Mining vocabulary
Germinal early scenes worksheet
Question sheet on history of mining in northern France
Germinal: industrial relations discussion task
Germinal: translation passage
Obituary of Lucie Aubrac for summary
Lucie Aubrac reviews plus exercises
Lucie Aubrac review and vocab
Lucie Aubrac biography with glossary
Review of Lucie Aubrac