-“Today we are going to a top restaurant in the middle of Paris!“. That’s how I like to start with this lesson.
With this video, you will practice your listening skills in French and you will also be marvelled by these cinematographic stunning filming locations. Enjoy!
Extremely bored during this easter break? Already done with every plan you had planned (procrastination time included)? I’ve got a suggestion! What about checking how almost every language on the planet sounds like? This game becomes almost addictive instantly I must say so be careful!
I was lucky enough to find a chronicle I can relate to most of the topics covered in the AQA A2 exam. It took me some time until I found the perfect story for my students’ revision time.
It is some info about a place called Auroville (in India) and the idea of a place with no official religion, currency and a very particular form of government seems fascinating to me and fortunately my students liked it too so feel free to have a look and use it in your lessons if you find it useful.
LOVE. What a great reason to celebrate!
Valentine’s Day is one of those festivities (so commercial and with such a universal topic) that counts with a humongous amount of materials that can be taken to the classroom. For that reason, I’ve decided to share my selection for this year, just in case you want to get some ideas in no time.
My first pic is this infographic (even if I am no big fan of using infographics often because I think they are being overused these days) that reminded me of my uni days and how mistaken I was about how simple the celebration is.
On one occasion a couple of my students asked me if I could think of 10 French personalities that were not death. I was a bit shocked by the question since I was not their French teacher (they had a great teacher btw) so I asked them, what was the purpose of such question? (…and luckily I could name my 10 :P).
Then they explained to me that sometimes they felt a bit ignorant because they didn´t know much about French celebrities the way the French exchange students (that visited us) did know about British and American celebrities. So I went:
Hand gestures can be a vital factor in many languages and it is well known that Italian is one of those languages.
A great way to impress students would be to start the lesson by saying:
– Today we are going to learn how to communicate with other people in Italian but none of you is going to need to open your mouths at any moment for this purpose. How does that really work? Well, it is part of the privilege of speaking Italian. Welcome to the family! Let me show you!
Also, if you have someone in particular who is very chatty in your class while everyone else is working, or simply you need to have a quiet moment from the students, you could play the card of ONLY ITALIAN GESTURES ALOUD NOW and everyone should only communicate with gestures until further notice.
This masterpiece created by Cédric Villain is perfect to talk about the french clichés and to learn about the history of France and its people.