I have added to the Teacher's Guide pages of the site an article about teaching with written texts. It is a step-by-step beginner's guide for teaching an intermediate level written text. It's one approach of many, but a sequence which can work very well ans is adaptable to different groups and levels. Do check out the Teacher's Guide pages for lots more advice for MFL teachers.
Video listening. A news report about the Front national changing its name to Rassemblement national. Gap-fill with options. Nice verb used at one point: dédiaboliser (to detoxify). It won't work.
Three tenses crossword - past, present and future. Get the right verb form. Could be used in Y10.
Advanced article and exercises about a journalist living as a homeless person on the streets. Two versions, one of which I have written in the style of an Irish leaving certificate exam. The other is in my usual style: vocab, questions, oral work, gap-fill, lexical work, summary and translation.
Advanced level text and exercises on the decline of marriage. I have written this resource in the style of an Irish leaving Certificate (Higher) exam paper (with questions and short pieces of written production). I shall be doing a few more like this. They work well for A-level too.
Advanced audio listening on the right to strike in France. A short, one minute extract from France Info Junior with gap-fill, summary and translation. To go with the AQA A-level sub-theme.
Video listening. A video from Le Monde on YouTube about whether it's worth pursuing your studies at school and university. This short video has sub-titles. The task is to translate a passage into French with the aid of the video. Better for Y13 (second year of A-level). Vocab glossary and model answer provided.
Video listening. A report from Le Monde about how to interpret unemployment figures in France. Vocabulary gloss and questions in French to answer. Oral summary too.
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Latest (20th September): advanced text and exercises on prison overcrowding in France. Booklets of 10 translations into English with answers (one each for AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas/WJEC).
Text and exercises on food poverty in France, with facts and figures. Vocab to find, lexical work, paired oral work, comprehension, translation, summary. Answers provided. Would suit Y13.
Another PowerPoint Kim's Game for beginners. This one on pets, with a chance also to hear and use indefinite and definite articles. "Un chat". Qu'est-ce qu'il manque?" "Le chat".
Beginner alphabet fun. Two resources: (1) a list of games to practise the alphabet (2) an alphabet grid game in which you read out letter coordinates on a grid while pupils shade in boxes to create a picture. (Thanks to a teacher on the GILT Facebook group for that idea.)
Two Kim's Game PowerPoints. This is the classic game where you show some items then hide one or more at a time for the class to recall the missing item. These ones features fruit and veg and a hungry rabbit, and places around town. Beginners love this sort of memory game and it's a good vocab builder. Each presentation builds up in difficulty.
Parallel reading text. Why can't kangaroos walk? A short text translated from French to English with a comprehension task and vocab grid to complete. You could come up with other ways to exploit this too.
Intermediate (GCSE) video listening. Une balade à Porquerolles. Linked to a France Bienvenue video. Gap-fill with options plus "find the French" translation. Don't for get that there are numerous listening tasks on the Y10-11 page: teacher-read, audio and video, including some quite easy activities.
Advanced audio listening. This is a conversation between two students, Tina and Laetitia, talking about their favourite films (from YouTube/Francebienvenue). Gap-fill to do, plus "find the French" and an opportunity to reuse some of the language in dialogue. Includes information about the film Intouchables. You could use this in Y12 or Y13. Edit to create more gaps if you need to.
Video listening for GCSE (intermediate). This is a 1jour1question video about la francophonie in the world. The main task is to spot inconsistencies between the language of the video and a set of 15 sentences. Good general background on why French is such an influential world language.
Guided translation into French for beginners. "Moi". Very easy passage in English with a gapped French version to complete.
Video listening via 1jour1question. This one is about the baccalauréat. Gap-fill transcription and translation to do. I had forgotten that there is already another video listening task on the bac, but this one is quite different and you could do both.
Two new PowerPoints for near-beginners. Countries in Europe and languages spoken in Europe.
Beginner PowerPoint on Je veux and Je ne veux pas + infinitive. Includes memory game, pair work, translation and a look at the verb vouloir.
Beginner PowerPoint for teaching colours (with animals and masculine-feminine adjectival agreement).
PowerPoint for teaching numbers 0- 20. Including a bit of 'calcul mental' and bingo. For primary or Y7 beginners.
A PowerPoint presentation on using il faut and il ne faut pas with school rules. Includes translation, pair work and a writing task. You could use this from Y8 to Y10 (low intermediate).
Article and exercises about homelessness in Quebec (French-speaking Canada). Text, vocab to complete, correct sentences to identify, questions, oral summary, written summary, translation and lexical practice (word relationships". You know the drill!
Speaking/writing drill on direct object pronouns. Replacing nouns with pronouns.
A PowerPoint on phonics for beginners. This one supplements the one I posted for vowels. This one features consonants and vowel/consonant clusters like ch, ille, th, euil, r, gn and h.
A PowerPoint on musical instruments. Nine instruments, with translation and guessing games.
Another beginner PowerPoint: likes and dislikes with pastimes. J'aime... and je n'aime pas... + infinitives. With guessing game and fluency task.
A beginner PowerPoint on the topic of free time activities. Pictures, oral practice, guessing game, fluency task, translationa and gap-fill. There are now 10 PowerPoints on the Y7/Primary page, with more on the Y8 and Y9 pages.
PowerPoint. Near future (Je vais aller etc). With pictures, guessing game, oral practice, gap-fill and other ideas for the teacher. Could be used with Y8 and even Y9.
A PowerPoint focusing on phonics for beginners (vowel sounds). This is the first one I have done focusing on phonics. You could use this at any point in the first year of a course.
Another PowerPoint based on the holidays topic. Present tense sentences, guessing game, gap-fill, translation and other possibilities.
Three more PowerPoints on the topic of holidays, one in the perfect tense, one future, and one to practise on peut.... Various verbs. High frequency vocabulary. With guessing games, translation and other possibilities suggested. The On peut... presentation is on the Year 8 page.
Two PowerPoint presentations (1) to present and practise ordering drinks with du, de la, de l' and (2) to use J'ai bu, J'ai pris with the same items.
PowerPoint presentation about buying fruit and veg (using partitives). Picture sequence (18 items plus review), pair memory game, translation, sentence completion, grammatical explanation.
Video listening. This is an impassioned plea from actress Marion Séclin about women standing up to bullying online and on the street. The clip has sub-titles. Questions to answer in French and words and phrases to find.
Two more Petit Ours Brun video listening sheets for Y8. Correct sentences to identify and a words to match up. He's quite a likeable little bear, as bears go.
A GCSE (intermediate) reading and writing task (from an idea by G. Conti). Underlined chunks in an original text have to be changed with options provided. Then students write their own account based on the previous exercise.
Text and exercises on the topic of a recent rise homophobic attacks in France. text, vocab to complete, true statements to identify, lexical work, oral work, summary and translation both ways. Standard frenchteacher fare! Could be done in the context of the diversity sub-theme and the text has French-specific data from the charity SOS Homophobie.
Video listening based on a video from France 24 on YouTube. About the perfume industry in Grasse. A faulty transcription to correct and gap-fill. Answers provided.
A PowerPoint presentation on the imperfect tense. This would make a good introduction to the tense.
Video listening for advanced students. A retrospective from Euronews about May 68. For this task students follow the transcription which has errors in it. They must underline where they hear differences, then write in what they hear precisely. Answers given. This would go well with the sub-themes of politics, strikes and demonstrations (AQA).
Video listening. It's Petit Ours Brun again, this time going sledging (the snow type) with his parents. Correct sentences to spot and words to match up.
A text and exercises about a boating holiday in Charente Maritime. Text with underlined words and phrases to replace, comprehension questions and a short essay to write (optional). Would suit a good Y10-11 class (intermediate).
Video listening. Linked to a Petit Ours Brun video. This worksheet has correct sentences to spot and words to match up. This might benefit from some teacher scaffolding too. You could use this in Y9 too, depending on the class.
Two PowerPoint presentations, one on the Immediate Future (various verbs) and one on the Perfect Tense (various verbs). These include pair work, guessing games and negatives. Ready-made 30 minute target language lesson sequences.
PowerPoint presentation about common animals.
Two new simple PowerPoints to teach weather expressions and likes/dislikes (with food) to beginners.
A creative paired storytelling game featuring use of the Perfect and Imperfect tenses. This is a lesson plan adapted and added to from an idea I came across on the British Council Teaching English website, attributed to Jackie McEvoy. Low preparation. Suitable for a good Y10-11 class (intermediate).
Two more PowerPoints added. (1) Future tense (2) perfect tense, regular avoir - er verbs. These are both on the Y9 page, but you can also find the Perfect Tense presentation on the Y8 page. I'm on a PowerPoint roll at the moment. Odd really, since I've never done that many in the past! See my recent blog about using PowerPoints with pictures and text.
Two nerw beginners' picture PowerPoints. Places around town with the preposition à and means of transport.
A PowerPoint to practise or introduce the perfect tense (with sports). Multiple repetitions of j'ai joué and j'ai fait. PowerPoints like these can be used in so many ways: choral and individual repetition, true/false, guess the slide, showing small portions of the slide (iris tool), transcription, translation and more. For inexperienced teachers: really stress the phonological contrast of je joue and j'ai joué - this is a source of confusion for many students. It's good to iron it out early to avoid "fossilisation".
A PowerPoint presentation on aller + infinitive (futur proche) with sports. images courtesy of pixabay.com (all uses permitted). You could use this one with Y7 or a weaker Y9 too.
A PowerPoint presentation on the topic of sport for beginners. Designed for oral exploitation with choral repetition, pair work and a little translation in mind. I have avoided publishing PowerPoints with images for copyright reasons, but the images I have used are from pixabay.com which allows for image use including commercial.
A fait divers about an amazing archeological discovery. A boy discovers historic treasure with his metal detector. Text, "find the French", true/false/not mentioned, questions in French and translation into English. I've placed it on the Y9 page (low intermediate), but you could use it with weaker Y10-11 or a brilliant Y8 class.
Video listening, reading, writing and speaking based on an Alain Le Lait video Dans ma chambre. Sing-along, true/false/ translation both ways, reading aloud, gap-fill for phonics development and writing. This would be great for beginners who have done a little work on bedroom vocab (as it were) and simple prepositions.
Video listening. A 1jour1question video about strikes (AQA sub-theme). Note-taking in French, oral and written summary. Some useful factual information. Answers provided.
A series of very short texts with various exercises about family. Matching, true/false, translation both ways and writing.
A picture with various exercises to practise prepositions. Vocab provided, then true/false, gap-fill, questions and oral pair work memory task. Could be used with a weaker Y8 group.
Video listening about wage inequality between men and women in France. Gap-fill with answers given. Best done in class as there are subtitles available! Some good factual information for a world of work A-level sub-theme (Edexcel). Interesting in its own right though.
Video listening. The Mémorial de Caen. 5 minute video from France4/YouTube with various exercises: spot exact statements from the recording, questions, find the French, true-false. Good for the heritage sub-theme with crossover to wartime France. Suitable for Y13 (year 2 of the A-level course). I've also placed this task on the Adult Student page.
Video listening. This is a short TV report about the Elixir rock festival, the first ever French rock festival which began in Brittany in 1979 and stopped in 1985. The French Woodstock or Glasto! Questions in French and expressions to find. Answers provided. This might support the festivals, traditions, cultural heritage sub-themes of the various exam boards in England and Wales.
I have made significant changes to the AS/A-level vocab and oral booklets on the A-level page (England and Wales exams). I have almost completely altered the questions to take account of the new AO4 oral requirements (focus on cultural knowledge). The questions in my earlier versions from 2016 were too general. Thank you to a subscriber who pointed this out to me.
There are now listening and reading revision booklets for AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas/WJEC. Each one is between 50 and 80 pages long and consists of a compendium of listening and reading exercises from frenchteacher. Answers provided (with occasional exceptions). These would be good to hand out as exams approach.
A 15 page listening revision booklet. This is a selection of existing video and audio listening worksheets put together with answers as a handy booklet. All tasks link out to online audio or video recordings chosen for their relevance and level. Suitable for Higher Tier GCSE (intermediate level - all exam boards). This could be used in class for revision or just handed out for independent work.
I have now uploaded the second A-level revision booklet with answers. This one covers the AQA sub-themes covered in Year 2 of the course. This is in addition to the previous booklet posted covering the first six sub-themes. You could print these off for independent use or use them in class.
Perfect tense crossword - phrases to translate. Avoir and être verbs.
A revision booklet of listening and reading activities for AS-level (first year of A-level course). This is a compendium of frenchteacher worksheets you can print off for revision. Audio and video listening, reading, comprehension, translation. Most answers provided (a few older resources were not written with answers and song lyrics are not given for copyright reasons). You can find this booklet in the exam section of the A-level page.
Video listening. A short news report about the Musée de l'Homme opened in 2015 in Paris. Gap-fill sentences and a short passage for retranslation into French. Answers provided.
Video listening. Anarchist violence at Paris demonstrations. Short news report from France 24 (from 2016). Questions in French, sentence parts to transcribe (transcription-translation), plus discussion opportunities. Perfect for the AQA A-level specification.
Text and exercises about social media use in France in 2017. Text, vocab to find, questions in French, oral practice and a summary to write. Answers given. Good for Y12 or Y13, I would think.
Low preparation task-based lesson plan for Y10-11 (intermediate), or even a very good Y9. Sédentaire ou actif? Pair work task featuring much use of the perfect tense. From an idea in Bill VanPatten's book While We're on the Topic.
A booklet of 10 A-level stimulus cards aligned with the AQA specification.
Video listening. The Lumière brothers invention of cinema from 1jour1question. Summary gap-fill to do, oral work in pairs and retranslation into French. Answers provided. This would suit Year 12 (low advanced) more than Year 13, but could be edited with more gaps for revision in Y13. Remember you are free to edit my worksheets to suit your class, just not share them with other schools or online please.
Video listening. This sheet goes with a 1jour1question video about paternity leave in France. Pre-listening discussion questions, gap-fill and definitions of words and expressions to give. I was a little surprised to learn that paternity leave in France is a little shorter than in the UK. If you want longer paid leave go to Finland. Answers provided.
A crossword on prepositions. Translation of phrases from English to French.
A seven page mini-unit of work on school for Higher Tier GCSE. Various comprehension and translation exercises (adapted from a unit from The Language Teacher Toolkit TES shop). Lots of built-in recycling. based on the "narrow reading" concept (several texts reusing similar language). Answer key provided. We have several similar units on TES.
Advanced video listening. Racial discrimination in Brussels night clubs. Comprehension questions in French and sentences to translate using the recording.
Advanced level text on key events of the French Resistance in the Second World War. This is a set of short extracts followed by a choice of exercises which can be done orally or in writing. This is a good source of knowledge for the A-level exam (Edexcel and Eduqas/WJEC).
Advanced level audio listening. This is an interview with a spokesperson for the Fondation Abbé-Pierre in which he answers questions from children about homelessness and poor housing in France and the role of the Fondation Abbé-Pierre. From the 1jour1actu online magazine. I have included various exercises including summary, translation and gap-fill.
Numbers lesson plan for intermediates (good Y9 to Y11). Based on the game show The Price is Right (Le Juste prix in France). All you need to add are about 10-12 slides of items for sale, e.g. from amazon.fr (without displaying their price). Aims: revising numbers and listening to them to develop quick recognition.
Video listening. Another Peppa Pig to add to the collection. In this one dad once again makes a fool of himself (stereotype alert). It's called Les avions en papier. A vocab list is provided for help, then a gap-fill task with options given. Because of the relatively high vocab load here it would suit Higher Tier GCSE.
Video listening. This is linked to a video in the 1jour1question series and is about why General de Gaulle is considered a hero of the French Republic. Gap-fill with transcription provided. The standard is quite easy. This fits well with Edexcel and Eduqas sub-themes. There are now four resources on this general topic area on the site, two readings and two listenings.
Text and exercises about the occupation of France. Text, vocabulary to complete, gap-fill, sentence completion, creative oral work, translation both ways. Partial answers provided.
Paul Haywood has shared with me his set of worksheets for Un Secret by Grimbert. I have made these into a booklet which is freely available on the Samples page.
Video listening. The history and importance of the Cannes Film Festival - the video is from Le Monde via YouTube. Questions in English and answers provided. This relates well to A-level sub-themes and is interesting in general! This may be of interest to adult students too.
"Guess the jobs" pair game. Along similar lines to 20 Questions but with questions provided and a point scoring system. Easy to scaffold and could be used from Y9-Y11. Rules and language provided. You could copy and paste into a PowerPoint.
A set of eight easy intermediate (GCSE) parallel gapped translations which are very hard to do with Google Translate. Students have to complete translation both ways simultaneously. Good puzzle-solving tasks which should improve translation skill while reinforcing vocabulary and grammar knowledge with high frequency language.
Video listening about solidarity from the excellent 1jour1actu. Gap-fill, vocab to complete and some oral discussion.
A set of 10 translations into English for Foundation Tier GCSE (low intermediate). These are matched to AQA for difficulty level, but can be used with any board. Simple mark scheme provided. I have already posted 10 Higher translations. Good Y9 pupils could do these.
Ten short translations into English with model answers and simple mark scheme. This are to help students prepare for GCSE Higher Tier exams (intermediate level). You could model them in class or hand them out for homework or classwork.
Advanced text and exercises on banning mobile phones in France. This follows the French Minister of Education's recent announcement. Text, vocab to find, questions in English, oral practice and summary in French. Good for second year of the A-level course or with an excellent first year (AS) group.
Adult and advanced video listening. A BFM TV short video about the tour Saint-Jacques in Paris. Correct false statements plus an oral task. Quite fast but clear. Good for second year of A-level or very good AS-level, I would suggest. Fits well with cultural heritage themes.
A picture of a road accident for imaginative story-telling. Questions provided to provoke discussion and a role playing task. Could be used to generate uses of the imperfect and perfect tenses if you want a focus on grammar. Some vocab provided. Aimed at good Y11 (high intermediate) or even A-level.
Advanced level video listening. This is a short report from BFM TV about a man who has written two books about his life on the streets. Vocab list provided, questions in French and a gap-fill. Answers provided. You could use some of this for summary work too.
Video listening. Petit Ours Brun et le bébé. Song to sing and correct sentences to spot. Y8 or Y9, I'd suggest.
A photo for discussion, creative dialogue and translation. This is a picture of migrants on a boat in the Mediterranean. Questions for discussion, a dialogue to improvise and a translation into French (focusing on the definitions of migrant, refugee and asylum seeker).
A grammar drill worksheet on si clauses (imperfect and conditional). Two tasks, the first sentence combining, the second translation. Answers provided.
A grammar worksheet for GCSE (or very good Y9). This is an easy sentence combining drill sheet on the structure avant de + infinitive. Two exercises included, with answers. Sentence combining exercises allow you to work in the TL using easily understandable sentences. This is a good task for encouraging pupils to add complexity to their writing.
I have uploaded a third A-level "knowledge porfolio" for AO4. This one is based on the Eduqas/WJEC sub-themes. This is a set of knowledge points students could call upon for their oral exam to try and maximise their AO4 marks. All the exam boards are now covered.
I have uploaded a second A-level "knowledge porfolio" for AO4. This one is based on the Pearson-Edexcel sub-themes. The first was for AQA. This is a set of knowledge points students could call upon for their oral exam to try and maximise their AO4 marks.
A new Peppa Pig video worksheet for Y9 (or above). Maman travaille. This one gets pupils to listen for sentences uttered in the video. then a short translation task using il ne faut pas que...
A word ordering worksheet on using the verb parler. Focus on conjugation and use in simple sentences.
Two sets of four GCSE conversation questions as dice board games (eight games in total). One Foundation, one Higher. Based on AQA sub-themes but easily adaptable.
Translation into French sentences with answers. 100 at Foundation Tier, 100 at Higher (in line with AQA specimen paper standards).
Adjective agreement crossword for near-novice/low intermediate students. Gap-fill style, English to French.
A document entitles "Knowledge Portfolio" specifically designed to support A-level students in their preparation for the Paper 3 speaking assessment. This is for the AQA specification and includes lots of knowledge points, e.g. facts and figures, which students might be able to use and develop in their conversations on sub-themes. They could add these points to their existing knowledge.
A new article and exercises on the French music industry and streaming in particular. Text, vocabulary to complete, multi-choice comprehension, oral work, gap-fill, written summary and translation into French. The works! Most suitable for Year 2 of the A-level course.
Text and exercise on interesting facts about dogs. Vocab to complete and summary in English.
For Foundation and Higher Tier GCSE I have produced two "knowledge organisers" which take the form of sentences by theme and topic with parallel translations. These could be a very useful revision aid or general reference guide when pupils are doing speaking or writing tasks. See the blog for a brief discussion of knowledge organisers (which sometimes look like learning mats).
Video listening for Y8 (maybe Y9). This is a short Alain Le Lait sing-along. Great little useful fun filler for a lesson. My worksheet gets pupils to complete short perfect tense translations from the song. If you don't know of Alain Le Lait check him out on YouTube.
Video listening for higher tier GCSE (intermediate). A two minute report about a cycling holiday in the Loire. With gap-fill, expressions to translate into French from the report and a pair work review task. Nice clear French. Answers provided. This would suit a very good Y11 group or even intermediate adult students.
Stick-in "writing strips" which can be used as prompts for Higher Tier GCSE writing (intermediate). These were sent to me by Mel Bulmer and are also on the free samples page. Students stick them on the left hand side of their exercise book or paper.
I am also grateful to Chris Tanner who sent me updated versions of two A-level documents on the site: notes on the political system and the left and right in French politics. These are marked as updated on the A-level page.
Advanced video listening. This one is about electronic tags from FR3/Youtube (AQA sub-theme "Comment on traite les criminels"). Vocab to complete and questions in French for oral or written work. As always check the availability of this video.
A-level video listening. Prisons in France. Vocabulary list, true statements to tick, gap-fill. This short video talks about some of the latest facts, figures and issues about French prisons (June 2017). This worksheet replaces the one about Fresnes prison for the video link is now dead.
Video listening. This is based on the first 20 minutes of a film about the armed resistance in France during the occupation. The worksheet is broken down into seven sections and includes vocab, questions in French and English and some translation. This part of the 50 minute video focuses on the rise of the communist resistance. It will be useful for the relevant Edexcel and Eduqas/WJEC sub-themes. Interesting stuff!
A third A-level sub-theme conversation booklet, this one for the Eduqas/WJEC exam board. Same format as the others: vocab lists followed by questions for conversation practice.
A sub-theme conversation booklet for Year 2 of the Edexcel A-level course. This consists of my vocab booklet with accompanying questions to help prepare for the speaking assessment. This is in addition to the AQA version I posted yesterday.
An AQA A-level booklet for conversation on sub-themes. This consists of my vocabulary lists for each Year 2 sub-theme with accompanying questions for conversation. Other board versions will follow in due course.
Texts and various exercises on demonstrations. This is an excellent fit with on of the AQA A-level sub-themes but should be of general interest too. This chunky unit of work includes a text, vocab to complete, true/false, gap-fill, lexical manipulation, grammar, summary and translation. All your favourites! Answer key provided.
Imperfect tense crossword. Gap-fill sentences to complete.
Intermediate (Higher GCSE) reading. Five short Tripadvisor-style paragraphs about visiting the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris. Matching task, "find the French" and gap-fill with options. Good Y11 activity or excellent Y10 class.
Authentic listening for A-level (AS or first year of course). Topic: internet shopping. This is a straightforward gap-fill using a transcription of the source recording from Audio-Lingua. Plus follow-up writing/speaking task.
GCSE (intermediate) reading. Six short adapted authentic forum paragraphs on the topic of girls' favourite TV series. Matching task, vocab to find, translation, unjumbling words to make sentences and short paragraph writing. Answers provided. You could use this with a very good Y9 class.
Audio listening for advanced level. This one is from Audio-Lingua again. Elisa talks about the Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in the Vendée. Questions in English. Adult learners may find this one interesting too.
A-level text and exercises about violence against women in France. Text, questions, lexical work, translation both ways and summary. Suitable for Year 2 of the A-level course.
A document to help A-level students to improve their summary technique.
GCSE (intermediate) audio listening. Another one linked to an authentic recording from Audio-Lingua. Topic: voluntary work (food banks). False sentences to correct, phrases to translate and a short paragraph to write.
GCSE (intermediate) audio listening linked to Audio Lingua. Topic: family. This is a simple note-taking task plus oral and written follow-up. Easy Foundation level, usable with Y8/9.
Audio listening for GCSE (intermediate). This one, an authentic recording from Audio Lingua, features Guy recalling his morning routine when he was at primary school. The main focus here is on the imperfect tense as much as comprehension. gap-fill, vocab to translate into French, an oral and written task. You could use it with a quick Y9 group. Recycling much!
Another audio listening worksheet linked to an authentic Audio-Lingua recording. This one is for AS/A-level and is about Corsican food and consists of a vocabulary list, questions in French and an oral summary task. Also good for advanced adult students.
GCSE (intermediate) audio listening. Linked to an authentic recording from Audio-Lingua. This one is Elise talking about work experience. Tick correct sentences, gap-fill and translation of phrases.
A-level audio listening. This is a worksheet linked to an Audio Lingua authentic recording. Topic: national heritage days. Exercises are questions in French and translation/transcription from the recording. Expect more of these worksheets linked to Audio Lingua.
Two new listening resources for GCSE. These are worksheets linked to short audio recordings on Audio Lingua (from the Académie de Versailles). The two topics are daily routine and holidays. The first is Foundation level, the second Foundation/Higher. Expect to see more like this. As with video listening sheets these can be done in class or at home.
A-level listening, lecture style. This is a talk about impressionism. The aim is to practise listening and develop cultural knowledge for the AO4 objective of the A-level specifications. There is a growing collection of such instant listening tasks on the A-level page.
Three new A-level resources:
(1) Video listening: what is the role of the president in France? Source: 1jour1question/Milan Presse/Youtube. Transcription task with an opportunity for oral summary. You could just do a straightforward summary in 90 words as per A-level.
(2) Text and questions in English about the rise of Emmanuel Macron.
(3) 30 minute instant listening (lecture format) on the Front national.
Instant 30 minute listening on the topic of living alone (under sub-theme contemporary family structures). To be read or recorded by the teacher. True/false/not mentioned and gap-fill. Designed for the second year of A-level.
A-level lecture format listening about the musician Stromae. Yesterday's new resource was a written text and exercises on Stromae. The former suits A-level, the latter AS-level.
Text and exercises about the musician Stromae. Vocab to complete, questions, gap-fill, translation two ways (sounds like Masterchef!), paraphrase and various oral activities. A nice written homework task included. Good cultural input for A-level spec. Enjoy!
Paired re-ordering dictation. Each partner has 5 sets of jumbled words to read out. The other partner has to re-order them to make a correct sentence. Grammar focus: present tense.
Five passages for dictation or translation. These are for adult or A-level students. The theme is places of cultural or historical interest. There are texts on the Musée d'Orsay, the Millau Viaduct, the Eiffel Tower and Monet's garden and house in Giverny.
DON'T FORGET MY VERY SHORT SURVEY! - see link on the left. The above resource was prompted by some survey feedback I received.
Paired dictation task for Y9 (or above). Grammar focus: perfect tense, avoir and être verbs.
Just a reminder that I am running a brief survey for subscribers here.
Easy A-level video listening about politics. This sheet is linked to a 1jour1question video and would be a gentle introduction to the topic of politics. Pre-listening, questions in French and a little pair work summary.
Just a reminder that I am running a brief survey for subscribers here.
GCSE Higher Tier instant 30 minute listening task with teacher script. Topic: poverty in France. With true/false/not mentioned and gap-fill with a choice of words. There is now a good selection of these ready-made teacher-read listening activities for revision and exam practice.
I have now completed all the updates needed from Y8 to Y13. I had to delete a small number of out-of-date files and update facts and figures for a few worksheets. I added a more answers to some sheets. Recent political events mean I made some small additions to the PowerPoint (free sample) and worksheet about French politics.
A help sheet for developing range of grammatical structures in GCSE Higher Tier essays (intermediate).
I have also finished "weeding" and updating the Y10-11 pages. That means Y8-11 is all updated. I'll be going through some A-level texts and exercises soon.
I have now been through the Y9 resources making some minor changes and checking video links.
I have gone through all the Y8 resources, made some slight alterations to some worksheets, improved the appearance of others and checked links to external videos.
Text and exercises on about banning mobile phones in school. (Based on a policy proposal by Emmanuel Macron.) Text, vocab to complete, true/false/not mentioned, questions in French, oral discussion, lexical work, summary and translation.
Two new easy video listening tasks for Y8 (or above). The topics are likes/dislikes and a typical day. The videos are simple spoken to camera clips from frello.fr. Gap-fill, vocab to complete and simple adapted writing.
Advanced text and exercises on the topic of "la diversité" on French TV. Includes a text, vocab list to complete, questions in French, gap-fill, word relationship tasks, summary and translation both ways. It is part of a larger unit soon to be published separately on TES.
Instant 30 minute listening. A-level - sub-theme "prisons in France". Source text for teachers to read or record, V/F/PM, single word gap-fill (no options) and an optional paraphrase task. All answers including model paraphrase supplied.
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Instant 30 minute listening. A-level. Young people's interest in politics. You could use these for paraphrase work too.
Another in the series of 30 minute instant, no prep teacher-read listening tasks. This one is about describing a holiday. Short text, true/fasle/not mentioned and gap-fill. level: Foundation Tier GCSE (easy intermediate).
Another instant 30 minute GCSE listening task: topic school. Level: Foundation. With true/false/not mentioned and gap-fill.
Another in the series of instant 30 minute listening tasks. GCSE Foundation Tier (easy intermediate). Topic: My House.
Instant 30 minute listening task. Topic: describing a family. This one is aimed at Foundation Tier and has true/false and gap-fill. The teacher reads aloud or records the script. Go at the pace which suits the class, repeat as much as you want.
Instant 30 minute listening lesson - describing the film Lion. This is for Foundation Tier GCSE (easy intermediate). Teacher script, true/false and gap-film with a choice of words including two distractors.
Video listening. A thirty minute activity about the Front National based on a 1jour1question video from Milan Presse. Questions in French to answer and a few transcription/translation sentences based on the listening. This would make a good starter for a "rise of the right" sub-theme and politics in general.
Text and exercises about young people's engagement with politics (AQA). Exercises include a vocabulary list, correct statements to identify, translation, 90 word summary, word morphology and discussion. Answers provided.
Another 30 minute instant listening task. This one is aimed at Foundation Tier GCSE (easy intermediate) and is about the environment. These tasks are zero preparation listening activities where the teacher reads the script as many times as they want. Answers are provided.
A new 30 minute instant listening task. This is aimed at Foundation Tier GCSE (low intermediate). The topic is healthy living. The two exercises are gap-filling of sentences from a list of words and identifying and correcting differences from an altered transcript. As usual with these you can read them as many times as you want to tailor them to your class or record them.
The first two in a series of "30 minute instant listening" tasks for A/AS-level. These two are about mobile phones and volunteering and fit with the AQA cyber-society and volunteering sub-themes. There a text for the teacher to read or record, followed by two exercises - true/false/not mentioned and gap-fill. These are like the GCSE ones I have posted, but harder.
Simple writing template for describing a school. In Y9 but this could be used for Foundation GCSE preparation.
PLEASE NOTE I AM OUT OF OFFICE FROM 26TH JAN TO 12TH FEB SO CANNOT HANDLE CHEQUE PAYMENTS PROMPTLY.
Another in the series of instant 30 minute listening exercises for GCSE Higher Tier overlap standard (intermediate). This one is about ideal families and features a set of seven short pieces followed by matching and gap-fill.
PLEASE NOTE I AM "OUT OF OFFICE" BETWEEN JAN 27 AND FEB 12 SO CANNOT HANDLE ANY CHEQUE PAYMENTS.
Another in the series of instant 30 minute listening exercises for GCSE Higher Tier (intermediate). This one is about healthy living. Wake up at the back!
PLEASE NOTE I AM "OUT OF OFFICE" BETWEEN JAN 27 AND FEB 12 SO CANNOT HANDLE ANY CHEQUE PAYMENTS.
CHECK PEPPA PIG VIDEO LISTENING TASKS - I HAVE CHANGED SOME LINKS ON THE WORKSHEETS
Three more instant listening tasks for GCSE Higher Tier (intermediate). These are about the environment, volunteering and horseriding. Teacher transcript for reading/recording + two exercises for each task. They take around 30 minutes to do including correcting.
Intermediate (GCSE Higher Tier) listening tasks. These are the first of a new series of instant 20 minute listening tasks. The teacher can read them aloud or have them recorded, e.g. by a native speaker. These two are a description of a TV series, Mr Robot, and the film Interstellar. You'll find the scripts and two student exercises (true/false and gap-fill). You could exploit the resources further if you wish.
Advanced level video listening. A short video about the appalling Fresnes prison south of Paris. A story of neglect, overcrowding and insecurity. Vocabulary list, true statements to spot and a gap-fill passage in french. Answers provided. Written with the AQA specification in mind.
New GCSE Foundation Tier general conversation practice questions with lightly scaffolded model answers. These are in addition to the Higher Tier ones uploaded previously.
A set of new GCSE Higher Tier (intermediate) general conversation questions to match the AQA themes.
Vocabulary booklet for year 2 of the Eduqas/WJEC A-level specification. This completes all the vocab booklets for the three exam boards used in England and Wales.
A-level Year 1 (AS-level) vocabulary booklet for Eduqas/WJEC specification. The year 2 booklet will appear in due course.
Vocabulary booklet for the Year 2 A-level Pearson Edexcel sub-themes. This is in addition to the Year 1 booklet previously posted. AQA and Edexcel now both complete.
Vocabulary booklet for the second year of the new AQA A-level. Word lists for each of the sub-themes. This can be added to the existing one for Year 1 (AS-level).
Low intermediate video listening. Trotro part en vacances. Vocab search, true-false and gap-fill. You could exploit this further too with dictation, story re-telling, translation etc. Free sample (see Samples page).
Easy video listening for near beginners. Trotro a un beau cartable. Short video with French subtitles featuring your favourite donkey-small boy hybrid, French to English matching exercises and true/false.
Four short and very simple gapped dictations for beginners. Introductions, town, home, pastimes. Individual letters are indicated in the gaps.
Text and exercises on Peppa Pig, her family and friend Suzy. Text, tick off correct statements, questions in French, rewriting and gap-fill. Groin groin!
A set of eight GCSE Higher tier role-plays, AQA-style, with example answers.
Intermediate (GCSE) video listening. Isabelle describes her holiday in Venice. Gap-fill summary sentences. Answers provided. Linked to a YouTube video from France Bienvenue.
A task-based, problem-solving discussion game called Murder Mystery. This works very well with A-level groups and could be a nice task for groups of competent adult learners.
I have updated a Y10-11 text about French TV with the articles all taken out. The information was out of date.
A detailed teaching sequence based on using flashcards with beginners. This Y7 resource looks in detail at how you could exploit a set of simple hand-held flashcards. It's part of a new book I am working on over the next few months which will dissect lessons and teaching sequences in details. Scroll down to the bottom of the Y7/primary page.
Advanced video listening about Les Restos du coeur. This is a gap-fill task demanding very careful listening, with some true/false and oral work added. Answers are provided. There are now three different video listening tasks about Les Restos. Volunteering is a sub-theme in the new A-level exam. As with all these video listening tasks they can be done in class, during private study or at home.
Text and exercises about the recent burkini controversy in France. One page article, vocabulary to complete, questions and a translation passage into French. Enough for about 50 minutes' work or a homework.
A detailed lesson plan on the subjunctive written by Sarah Shaw. This consists of a detailed lesson plan with five support resources (two PowerPoint slides and three Word docs, two with cards to cut out, one with a reading task. Great stuff! Many thanks to Sarah Shaw.
Text and exercises for intermediate level (GCSE Higher). The topic is stress in children. Vocab to complete, true/false/not mentioned, oral work, gap fill and summary in English.
Text and exercises on global warming for advanced level. 2015 was the hottest year on record. 2016 will be even hotter. This text looks at the issues and is followed by various language exercises: vocab to complete, true/false/not mentioned, oral work and summary.
Video listening for intermediate (GCSE) level. She's back! Peppa Pig - Noël. Intensive listening. Vocabulary list to complete. Groin groin!
Advanced level video listening. Elodie talks about her work helping the homeless in Lorient. Gapfill and questions in English and French. Answers provided. I also posted this on the blog.
Advanced level video listening. This video explains the concept and history of laïcité (secularism) in France. There are questions in English and some translation. This will fit very well with the new A-level exams and their greater emphasis on knowledge of the culture. It can be found on the A-level and Adult student pages.
Video listening - advanced level. Interview from F2 with Daniel Cohn-Bendit about Brexit. Gap-fill, vocabulary and questions. Transcript provided.This resource was kindly donated by Jo Beamish from St Peter's RC High School.
Worksheet to drill si clauses with the imperfect and present conditional. 20 examples in two groups. Can be done orally and in writing. Good for intermediate level or even low advanced for revision. Free sample.
'Truth or lie' - a simple pair game for low advanced level. Partner A asks if Partner B has done certain activities from a list. Partner B claims they have done each one. Partner A asks follow-up questions and has to guess if the answer is really true.
Text and exercises on free movement across the EU. A good one-off lesson for advanced students with a text, vocabulary to complete, lexical work and conversation questions.
Text and exercises on the new Cité du Vin, just opened in Bordeaux. Article, vocabulary list to complete, true sentences to identify and translation into English. This fits well with the cultural heritage sub-themes for the new AS/A-levels. Easy advanced level. I have also placed this on the Adult Student page.
Video listening linked to a BFM TV report about French families today. Short news report, vocabulary to spot, matching task, questions in French. A useful 20-25 minute task to supplement work about changing family structures (AS/A-level).
Two model summary tasks for the new AS-level exam. Include source text, strategies and model summaries.