Extra French

Nice little series which is spoken at a reasonable pace and has captioning to facilitate understanding. This is suitable for senior secondary students. The videos would take half a lesson and so you could do some extra work around them or change the lesson to something completely different.

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Le Café des Rêves

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

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.

160 dialogues en français

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.

Dimanche : Alice décrit sa maison

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.

 

Talking about sport

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.

Practise a dialogue

dialogue

I did this  podcastfrancaisfacile dialogue as a warm up exercise with my senior students today. We could listen to the dialogue – twice- and then do our own version of it which referred tot he films we had seen in the last couple of weeks. It was helpful, reinforced vocabulary and made them feel very confident orally. I have a different dialogue ready to go with my year 10s tomorrow. This is a really good way to build up oral skills. Students can also access this site out of class and practise some more. Some dialogues you can download to practice on your own devices.