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, Y7 (Beginner)

12 slides with complete beginner sentences to translate either way. Answers given after each slide. Students work alone or in pairs, perhaps to a time limit. A1.

, Y12-13 (Advanced)

A text with exercises about the pros and cons of bullfighting. This topic is back in the news as I write this. Text, vocab to find, lexical work and a paragraph to write summarising the arguments. CEFR B1/2. Good for Y13 or an excellent Y12. A-level theme of festivals, traditions and regions. I would use this text in conjunction with Cabrel's song La Corrida.

, Y12-13 (Advanced)

Video listening for Y12 (AS level). A two-minute, captioned introduction to the theme of heritage (patrimoine). The task is to translate sentences into French, using the text to help. I have pitched this to be fairly straightforward, with Y12 students in mind. Students can partly copy from the captions. It would make a good intro to the topic.

, Y12-13 (Advanced)

Video listening for A-level. A 2-minute, captioned video about how projects are undertaken in regional natural parks. Sentences to complete. Answers given. Good for Y13, or a very good Y12 class. CEFR B1.

, Y9 (Low intermediate)

A Y9 starter. 'Which time phrase?' Students see 15 slides, each one with a sentence starter containing a verb in past, present or future/near future. Students choose one of three time phrases given beneath the sentence.

, Y8 (Very low intermediate)

A starter (or otherwise) called 'paired sentence completion'. Each pupil has 20 incomplete sentences to read to their partner. Pupils take turns completing the sentence they hear with a suitable word or phrase. CEFR A1.

, Y12-13 (Advanced)

A text and exercises about single-parent families in France. Text, vocabulary to find and questions in French. Answers to questions given. CEFR B1. A good challenge for Y12, or use with Y13.

, Y9 (Low intermediate)

A pairwork starter (or longer task). Each student has a set of 20 sentence starts in the perfect tense. They read aloud the start and their partner has to complete with a suitable word or phrase. If the reply is thought incorrect, they ask for an alternative. This would suit a Y9 class working at a good level. You can't monitor the accuracy of answers, but the activity still uses a lot of meaningful input and interaction, since partners need to understand what their partner said to complete the sentence. If you use this as a starter, just set a time limit. It's unlikely students will get through all 40 sentences in ten minutes.

, Adult students

A dialogue for reading aloud and adapting. 'Telling a French speaker what you did last Sunday.' Alternative responses suggested, plus a translation of the dialogue into English. For adult near-beginners or above. there are many similar dialogues on the site, also for Y8 and Y10-11 in schools.

, Y10-11 (Intermediate)

A text with exercises. This is about a French nurse, Rachel Muller, who realised a dream by piloting a microlight (ULM) across Africa. There is vocab to find, questions in French to answer and some translation into English. This would make a good classroom or homework reading/writing task for Higher Tier GCSE students (CEFR A2). Scroll down the left column to 'miscellaneous'.