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Contents - Y10-11

My new book Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher is out on 21st August.
The Language Teacher Toolkit a handbook by Steve Smith and Gianfranco Conti is available from Amazon.
GCSE and A-level translation units by me and Gianfranco Conti on TES


See the Year 9 section for more grammar exercises on perfect, imperfect and future tenses. These worksheets may also be useful for revision at A-level.

Tense recognition
Tense revision
Definite articles and partitives
Depuis and ça fait... que..
Perfect tense info gap oral task
Present to perfect tense exercise
Vacances aux Etats-Unis - perfect tense lesson plan
Passage to write in perfect tense from infinitives
Imperfect tense - crosswordNEW 23.8.17
Perfect and Imperfect Tenses (translation)
Perfect and Imperfect Tenses
Pluperfect (2)
Present participles
Present participles crossword
Adverbs crossword
Adverbs gap fill
Various tenses - battleships
Negative oral drills ne... pas
More negative oral drills - ne... plus/jamais/rien/personne
Two verbs together
Two verbs together (2)
"Après avoir" structure
Conditional mood
Conditional mood (2)
Imperfect + conditional
Conditional perfect tense
Verb tenses crossword - pres, perf, fut, imp, cond
Possessive pronouns
Articles and partitives
Present tense
Direct and indirect pronouns
Relative pronouns
Using ce qui and ce que


Using pour, pendant and depuis
Conditional tense
Conditional perfect tense
Relative pronouns qui and que
Asking questions
Using dont
Indirect object pronouns
Adverbial pronouns y and en
Pluperfect tense
Future perfect tense


Easy translations
8 harder translations
8 harder gapped translations


Teacher's guide to using texts with exercises


You could make these into a booklet for independent reading
Online media habits
Weird hotel complaints
Rescued fishermen story
Islamic State
Maglev trains
A heroic deed
Dogs who can detect cancer


A black boy brought up in Nazi Germany
An act of heroism
Migrant smuggling in Calais
Elephants (being like humans)
Malala Yousafzai
TM3 gapfill on above
TM3 jigsaw reading on above
Locavores - people who only eat local food
TM3 gapfill on above
TM3 jigsaw reading on above
Interview with an astronaut
TM3 gapfill on above
TM3 jigsaw reading on above
TM3 gapfill on above
TM3 jigsaw reading on above
Giant pandas
TM3 gapfill on above
TM3 jigsaw reading on above
Polar ice melt and sea level rise
TM3 gapfill on above
TM3 jigsaw reading on above
Driverless cars
Air guitar
Louis Braille
Interview with an airline pilot
Interview with a TGV driver
The secularism charter in French schools
Fear of flying course (Could be used with Cabrel song J'ai peur de l'avion)


Tripadvisor - visiting the Cité des Sciences
Shale gas
Are GM foods dangerous?
Ozone pollution


Visiting the Eiffel Tower
Visiting Futuroscope
Skiing holidays
Gap fill for the above
Matching task for the above
The Pont du Gard


Stress in teenagers
Healthy eating - sugar
Andy Murray Wimbledon report gapfill
Andy Murray Wimbledon report matching task
Locavores - people who like local food
Usain Bolt
Healthy eating habits
Pets living longer
Healthy living campaign


Syrian refugee family in Belgium
Government plan for the homeless
Poverty in France
Pocket money
Child labour
Betting in France


School uniform - for or against
Gap fill for above
Paying children for good marks


Booklet of 10 extracts with questions for GCSE higher tier
Lesson plan and worksheet on a poem about Alzheimer's
Déjeuner du matin poem
Cinderella story
L'Etranger passage
Le Petit prince passage
Le Petit prince passage (2)


Favourite TV series
Interesting facts about dogs NEW 1.10.17
J K Rowling
Taylor Swift
Super heroes
Ma meilleure amie
Sting - won't bequeath his fortune to children
Remarkable war story
Interview with a Dutch immigrant to France
Interview with a French GP
Curious fait divers
Fait divers - attack in Corsica (passive)
La francophonie
Stephen Fry
Orangutan fait divers
Why do people steal?
What would you do with one hour to live? (Conditional practice)
TV programmes matching task (updated 2017)
Homer Simpson
Daily routine + past/present/future
10 standby dictations
Pair work tennis game
Silly Tommy Cooper jokes to translate back into English
Questions on food
Vanilla cookies recipe
Pairwork miming task on leisure
New Year resolutions task
Work experience sheet
Word doc by Tracie to support the above
Holidays text for paired dictation
J'ai peur de l'avion (Cabrel song gapfill)
Johnny Depp
Duncan James
For display - notes on Adele + easy oral/written exercises
For display - notes on Bradley Wiggins + easy oral/written exercises
Health and fitness questions
Health questions writing task
Food and health counter game - thanks to Delyth Preston
Worksheets to go with Le Café des Rêves (BBC) (by Felicity Stevens)
Idea for lesson with French assistante
20 questions about "la rentrée des classes"
Matching listening or reading task on environment

Online food shopping with

Daily routine interview
Holidays gap fill
Tricolore Total Unit 1 p.8 questions
20 questions game
OHT - interdit ou permis?
Bulletin scolaire

Geography crossword
Transports - pour et contre
Job application letter


These instant tasks are to be read aloud or recorded by the teacher. Each one should take no more than 30 minutes, including correcting.




TV – describing a TV series (Mr Robot)>



Poverty in France

Ideal family


Healthy living

Cinema – describing a film (Interstellar)




Healthy living 

Cinema – describing a film (Lion)

Describing a holiday


Describing a family

Describing a house

My school


These worksheets are linked to the website Audio Lingua and cover both Foundation (F) and Higher (H) tiers.

Holiday on the Ile de Ré (F/H)

Primary school (focus on imperfect) (H)

My family (F)

Voluntary work (H)

Daily routine (F)

Work experience (H)


These sheets link to online videos. Print off the sheet and use in class or provide students with URL and they can work alone. Please do not share frenchteacher login with students.Always check that links work and that videos work on mobile devices.
Future tense – song Octobre by Francis Cabrel
Conditional tense – song –Mourir demain – Pascal Obispo 
Environment – eating meat 
Why learn French?
Cycling holiday in the Loire NEW 22.9.17
Health – making vegetable soup
Technology – Ariane rocket
Jobs – cartoon short film
Health/sport – roller blading in Paris
Health/sport – Papa Cochon fait de l’exercice

Home life/food – Peppa Pig – les crêpes

Home life – Peppa Pig – Noël

Home life/DIY – Papa Cochon accroche une photo
Home life – Peppa Cochon – une chasse au trésor
Home life – Philippe describes his daily routine
Perfect tense/holidays – silly song Si t’as été à Tahiti
Holidays – Visit to Venice
Holidays – favourite holidays
Holidays – a French camp site
Family – a mother describes her daughters
Hobbies – tags and graffiti
Food – a “vinstub” restaurant in Strasbourg


Tricolore Total 4 Unit 1 Vocab quiz
Tricolore Total 4 Unit 2 Vocab quiz
Tricolore Total 4 Unit 3 Vocab quiz
Tricolore Total 4 Unit 4 Vocab quiz
Tricolore Total 4 Unit 5 Vocab quiz
Environment vocab
Men’s clothes vocab – web task
Environment crossword
Answers to the above
Town vocab
Reading – vocab
Car vocab
Car vocab (2)
Car vocab crossword
Aiport vocab crossword
Transport vocab
Transport vocab crossword
Sport definitions crossword
Rugby terminology crossword
Time expressions crossword
TV and radio vocab
TV programme types
TV in France
Cinema vocab
School vocab
At school
School crossword
Computing terms crossword
Easy Fr-Eng translations on food
Countries and nationalities – code breaker
Countries and continents crossword
Nationalities and languages crossword
Countryside vocab crossword
Holidays crossword
In town – code breaker
Clothes crossword
Furniture crossword
Expressing opinions
Household chores – for display
Household chores – sondage
Lost property
Vocab list for dumb customer game (see Games that Work)
Find the cheapest product at But – web task
Pairwork task on “argot”
Household objects – pairwork games
Baccalaureat vocab game
Personality adjectives – code breaker
Personality adjectives – crossword
Christmas presents

NEW GCSE from 2018

See the Adult Students page for  set of situational dialogues + vocabulary. These can support your work on role-plays.

Foundation Tier

Knowledge organiser (for speaking and writing)NEW 27.9.17
AQA-style GCSE 2016 Role-plays
AQA-style GCSE 2016 Photo card conversations
Photo card conversation mat
AQA-style GCSE 2016 Photo card conversations (2)

AQA GCSE general conversation questions

100 translation sentences into French(with answers) 

Reading exam
Reading exam (2) 

How to write a good Foundation Tier essay (ppt)

How to write a good Foundation Tier essay (Word) 


Higher Tier
Knowledge organiser (for speaking and writing)NEW 27.9.17 AQA-style GCSE 2016 role-plays
AQA-style GCSE 2016 Photo card conversations (Higher tier)
AQA-style GCSE 2016 Photo card conversations (Higher tier) (2)
AQA GCSE general conversation questions
20 Higher Tier translations into French (with answers)
Reading exam (Higher tier)
How to write a good Higher Tier essay (ppt)
Stick-in writing strips NEW 17.9.17

How to write a good Higher Tier essay (Word)

Help sheet for developing range in essays 

Set of 10 reading comp gapfills for GCSE/IGCSE.

Further set of 10 gapfills for GCSE/IGCSE (different format).

Higher GCSE style gapfill tasks
Identifying attitudes – 100 statements.

Reading tasks for GCSE revision

Common written errors at GCSE

Legacy GCSE

50 French signs to explain- low intermediate to intermediate (Y9-11) (Word doc) (1).
50 French signs to explain – low intermediate to intermediate (Y9-11)(Word doc) (2).
50 French signs to explain (3) – low intermediate to intermediate (Y9-11)(Word doc).
50 French signs to explain (4) – low intermediate to intermediate (Y9-11)(Word doc).
50 French signs to explain (5)- low intermediate to intermediate (Y9-11)(Word doc).
Signs dominoes game
Powerpoint(1) of the second set of 50 signs.
Powerpoint (2) of another 50 signs.
Powerpoint (3) of another 50 signs.
Powerpoint (4) of another 50 signs.
Powerpoint (5) of yet another 50 signs.
Conversation game (thanks to MGS online)
Listening tasks based on Encore Tricolore 4
Help sheet for developing range in written CAs
GCSE written error checking exercise
Record and Self Evaluation sheet for British teachers (edit online)
Easy guide to writing a basic exam essay
Tips for GCSE Writing – stick in sheet



Healthy living
Free time