My year 10s used to love Le Café des Rêves, so much so we wore out the videos. It is good to see all the episodes are now up on YouTube with the added advantage of the subtitles in French so students can better understand what is being said. It’s an oldie but a goodie. The story is relatively complex but easy to follow and it makes students realise they can understand quite a bit by the time they are getting to the end of their year 10 course. It makes them feel successful. The characters and plot are easy to discuss especially if you use the worksheets which you can find and download here.
Les tutos de Huito came up as part of a discussion on the French news programme TFI which comes up on my Facebook feed whether YouTubers were the nextgen Teachers. These sorts of clips encourage independent learning . Personalised learning. Is it a good methodology to teach languages? The students spoke for themselves. Yes. Huito has thought out what he is presenting. He has his explanations in French to allay learner fears and he focuses on small amounts of English which he repeats to ensure there is a linguistic ease and facility for the learner. Bit by bit the learner will get English and then eventually will move on to immersion language videos. The advantage of English speakers watching clips like this is they will feel confident in the language being taught so can then focus on what Huito is saying in French and so learn French! These video clips can work both ways. A bilingual approach will support two languages! Whichever language you are trying to learn, you can learn something from clips like this because it is all spoken very naturally.
Even the Doctor speaks French! Allons-y means Let’s go! If you want the correct french pronunciation then use speakado’s version:
The imperfect tense in French is easy to learn because the endings are straight forward. This video by Vincent explains the complexity of its use well in French and then you need to remember you need to master the difference in usage between the imparfait and the passé composé. Initially it can be a bit confusing for learners but constant practice and paying attention to usage is the way to do it.
The video introduces the Rio games very nicely in French so that students will get an idea of the vocabulary. You can find a fiche pédagogique here. If you go on Pinterest and search you will find boards like these ones which will give you plenty of ideas and activities. You can top it off with the official brochure here.
Great song to do with students when you are doing the weather. Very few words, clear pronunciation and a tune which has them singing along easily. Une pluine est une petite pluie – that misty rain you get sometimes. The song and lyrics are very atmospheric! You can find the lyrics here.
Aux Champs Elysées has been a perennial favourite with my students. They love to sing along. They can when the lyrics are right there in front of them and Joe Dassin sings so clearly. It’s a great way to learn a language naturally.
Barbe Bleue is a fairytale by Charles Perrault. These days it is probably not suitable for children . Listening to tales , though, is a very good way to learn a language and improve pronunciation. Pierre reads it really clearly and there is the text , podcast and an exercise on his site français avec Pierre. All of this supports language learning.
If you prefer something lighter then you can try La Princesse au Petit Pois on the Lire et Récréer site.
My students have always enjoyed using PowToon. The free version is not at all limiting. To find this video created in PowToon about the benefits of learning French shows you how versatile and useful PowToon can be.
frenchsounds explains carefully and clearly in French how to pronounce particular French sounds. The phonetic ø represents the sound in ceux, peu, yeux, bœuf and so on. It can be a hard sound for some people to master. Not this way! You can hear it. You can see how the mouth is shaped and you can practise like a French person! Felipe P speaks very clearly and well so I do not think you will have trouble getting the sound right.
Alexa is a lovely French woman who has produced a number of videos and podcasts to help people learn French. She loves teaching her own language to others. This video about the French R is very important. It is a sound which so many people have to master in French. Alexa shows how to do it and then gives it plenty of practice so that by the end of the video there should be a feeling of achievement. Once you get it , you don’t forget it. Getting it takes time for some people but they will get it. I have always spent lesson time practising the French R and it has always been one of the fun things to do in a spare 5 minutes. The more you do it , the better you get. Alexa gives you a sound amount of 5 minute practice. The other thing I like about this video is you can see very clearly how Alexa is moving her face and mouth to pronounce the sounds. That is so important.
This young man, who is now 6 years older, is a strong and eloquent advocate for his language and heritage. He explains clearly what it means to be Acadien and why he values his language and heritage. Acdiens speak chiac which is a mix of French and English and they are Acadiens before they are Canadiens. Historically it is interesting and you can find out more about their language and culture here.
This French test is prepared by the site French avec nous where Pierre and his wife help you to learn French. The You Tube channel supports that site. French avec nous is designed as a site to help English speakers in particular learn French. Pierre also has a site:
which is designed to help those who have already some knowledge of French.
It’s good to have a video explaining 1er mai. La fête du travail is very special and different .To see all that muguet is surprising and makes you wonder. When you understand it is a lovely way to celebrate then you appreciate more what the French culture is doing for its people. Like Labour Day in Australia it is a public holiday.
Good way to teach French and personal safety! You surely wouldn’t just invite in a random person who says they are a postman?! Using little teaching snippets like this not only improves knowledge of and facility with French it can be a nice way to teach social skills and have a laugh at the same time. The expressions are useful and can be repeated . The video repeats them a number of times but so cn the teacher. In 10 minutes students would be able to say something useful in French without too much trouble.
Papa Wemba s’est évanoui après avoir été victime d’un malaise sur scène le 22 avril. Le monde de la musique congolaise est en deuil et est dévasté . Il faisait partie d’une génération de musiciens congolais surnommés “Les rois de la sape.” Il était beaucoup respecté, admiré , aimé et c’est une grosse perte. Repose en paix Papa Wemba , la rumba congolaise perd une de ses plus belles étoiles.
Image: Dromadaire – where you can get some lovely Easter e-cards.
Joyeuses Pâques. Je vous souhaite, à vous et à vos proches, de passer de très belles fêtes de Pâques.
This made the rounds on Facebook and other social media sites a while back in English. It’s nice to hear the French version.
I have just created this Powerpoint so that I can run the topic Mon moi du futur from a smartboard. It has everything I need – videos, grammar, exercises. I can tailor it to the classes I have. It is for more advanced students. You can download mon moi du futur by clicking on link. It means the students can have a copy too to revise their knowledge or learn it in their own way and in their own time. The test in the middle orange tile is easy and a fun thing to do.
This is such a good idea for building confidence in speaking conversational French. Each slide focuses on one thing and then several slides make a logical conversation. The French is good quality as is the sound and so you can tailor the amount of content to the class you have or the amount of French you can learn in one go. So helpful to hear French in context at normal spoken speed.
This video is great for reinforcing house vocabulary. Nothing special about it but it is clear, straight forward and just what you need to help students understand good French.
This is the first of a trilogy of videos where you hear real French people talking about what they did – yesterday, at the weekend and then what they did on holidays. The third video doesn’t have such good sound but the first two are clear and would reinforce very easily the things you learn and teach in class. Talking about what you did is fundamental to general conversation and how you engage naturally with others.
Un zeste de réussite
Un soupçon d’imprévu
Une pointe d’humour
Le tout arrosé de bonheur et d’amour !
Et 2016 aura une saveur inoubliable …
Meilleurs Voeux !
Image: Image de Noël
Je vous souhaite un joyeux Noël et de bonnes fêtes de fin d’année à vous tous. Merci pour le soutien et le partage de vos idées et vos commentaires.
Rappels is an iOS application which I run on my MacBook. My MacBook is running in French so Rappels is running in French. I don’t use it as a reminder application. I use it to teach what the students don’t know. When they want to know how to spell or say something I put it in Rappels. I can then bring up a whole list of what they needed to know . I can then practice it , make a little test, use the vocabulary in some other way. It really helps teaching according to student needs and to have customised , current learning lists.
My year 9s and my Year 10s loved doing this. You start off easily by using their name as in the picture left. I then got them to add pictures to it so the year 10s could then put it on their blogs. With the year 9s we moved onto the carte d’identité which refreshed a lot of the vocabulary we had learned this year. The year 10s we moved onto a biography or autobiography using Le questionnaire de Proust which they got involved with very easily. There some other useful ideas and exercises here and here and on francaisfacile.
Encore? La première fois était juste après les fêtes de fin d’année 2014. Cette fois c’est juste avant les fêtes de fin d’année 2015. C’est cruel. Je rends hommage à tous ceux qui ont perdu leur vie, à ceux qui étaient ciblés et à tous les Français. Des lâches avec des armes. Que dire? Grosse pensée pour tous les Français. C’est difficile et pénible. Courage.
This is a great video which explains well how to make questions in French. You can follow it up with the Questionnement practice which is very thorough.
This video teachers all the vocabulary for asking your way and the Japanese subtitles are useful in my classrooms because because our other main language is Japanese. All good. Captioning is a great way to support language development and using the stronger language to support the learning and awareness of others is good too. Everything is pronounced clearly and well. I then plan to use the dialogue on podcastfrancaisfacile for practice which is supported by a helpful video too.
Image : Le blog du JAIME français
There are so many online resources now for learning vocabulary to do with being ill. It is critical to learn about that in any language but for learning French at school it has always been a topic which makes the students enjoy what they are learning. They love learning about being ill and creating dialogues and videos around that topic. I have gathered some resources here for my own classes and use and for yours.
Chez le docteur – example conversations
Chez le médecin – text with sound
Chez le docteur – dialogue with sound
This video not only teaches the verb avoir but it also teaches normal use and some really good expressions to know in French so that you are able to speak more authentically.
Alain Lelait makes great songs for learning french. This is a good way to get avoir into your head – sing along with it! Easy.
This official clip of Versailles is just enough for students to see what it looks like, what the atmosphere is like and it helps the imagining when we are learning simple things in French about Marie-Antoinette in year 9 French . It also creates a backdrop for our archiduchesse assignment where we look the daily routine of the archiduchesse.
We are doing climate change in French and so we have been looking at Ningaloo off the West Australian coast and the Great Barrier Reef. This video is a perfect starter because the french is accessibel to the year 11s and the video is not too long. Learning vocabulary in a suitable context is always the best way.
We are looking at gîtes. Can’t resist Lego.
En dix phrases?
- La neige était si belle.
- Mon gîte était très confortable.
- Il faisait beau mais froid.
- J’ai fait de nouveaux amis.
- Je me suis très bien amusé.
- J’aime faire du ski.
- J’ai mangé très bien le soir car j’avais toujours faim.
- Les montagnes étaient si pittoreques.
- Le ciel était toujours bleu.
- Je suis maintenant en pleine forme
Image: La classe de Bilou
La classe de Bilou is a good french teachers’ blog where you can find things to help you teach French the way the French do. One of the useful things is Le Cahier de la Maitresse which is an electronic version of a teachers’ journal with all sorts of helpful additions and pages to enable you to run your class and year effectively in French and electronically. The French school year is different from ours so this is a 2014/2015 version.
A number of my French students love anime and it is good to know that they can watch these episodes in French with English subtitles. We do the French -Japanese connection as a research topic in Semester 1 in Year 11 and so access to these videos will allow students to see one of the authentic links between Japan and France.
This little video shows you all about the app Découvrir Québec. It is an information rich , multimedia app just perfect for the classroom and iPads. It has videos, maps, 3D renditions and all sorts of things to involve students in their learning. My Year 9 class loved it when they could investigate it after the download. You need room on the iPad but that is easy with cloud back up and storage. It runs in French and English. It is also free!
Le jambon-beurre is iconic in France and the Challenges article explains about the price rise. It is part of the patrimoine culinaire in France and in Paris it is using the last of the artisanal ham makers in the area. France 24 has a very good video explaining how this seemingly modest baguette is so much part of the French culture. What we did in class today was listen to the text about jambon-beurre on the podcastfrancaisfacile site. It is read at two speeds then there is a pdf which goes through the vocabulary and questions. My students really enjoyed working through this and appreciated the exercises so tomorrow I can follow up with the video and price discussion.
Image : SBS
Bradley McGee OAM is now the head coach for NSW Institute of Sport and still contributes strongly to cycling in this country. He has a long list of accolades, not the least of which are the 3 maillot jaune in the Tour de France. It is going to interest my Year 10s to find out that one of our paramount cyclists speaks French and that SBS did an interview with him where he talks about winning the maillot jaune. . It is heartening to know that one of our most successful Olympic cyclists speaks French because I have students in this class who are dedicated cyclists themselves and who come from families who are involved in high level cycling.
This completes the series of videos I’ll be using with my year 10s in class to introduce them the Alps. I chose the video because part of the title is:
Quand vous reverrai-je ?
A perfect example of the use of the future simple which we were learning last term.
Students can learn quickly that the main ski areas are Les Alpes and les Pyrénées. They can also learn that snow can be called l’or blanc because the tourist season provides income for the people who work in the mountains. This video was created several years ago but it shows that the Alps are just as vital and important in summer as they are in winter. It is short enough for students to watch without tuning out and to have text in French and English really is a bonus for learning a language.
When people think of the Alps , they think of skiing, Olympics and winter sports. I want to show my students a different side of the Alps. So many Australians like bush walking and camping. This video shows people who know the area giving us an idea of what the Alps can also mean for French people and tourists. I appreciate the subtitles. It will help my year 10s better understand the French and it will assist those who have English as a second language.
I’ll be working on sports with the year 10s this coming term. We are in year 10 so we need to be a bit past the just learning vocabulary stage. I want them to be able to talk about sport but we’ll concentrate on 3 – cycling, football and winter sports. This video by A Green Mouse fits the bill in terms of comfortably introducing students to how to talk about sport. The fact it is supported with sub titles in English and text in French is a bonus. I have students who are also learning English as a second language, so the video is strongly supporting multilingualism . If you do want a list of vocabulary for revision purposes , then there is an Imagiers video here which pronounces each sport very clearly and precisely. I have also found a site Aduis.fr with worksheets I can use to look at different sports. I am going to start with the Tour de France because there is a strong interest in it in my class , but the worksheets cover other well known sports events too and we can deconstruct the vocabulary.
This is a very clear explanation in French by digiSchool of the ways in which you use the conditional in French. To support this you need and video of how you form the conditional endings. You can get that here.