FRENCH BEGINNER VOCABULARY HIGH-FREQUENCY This is a set of 198 matching French and English games cards with a recall and write workbook, focusing on 99 beginners French words and phrases.

Les salutations
Les jours de la semaine
Les mois et les saisons de l’année
Les nombres 0-20
Ma famille
Mots fréquents
Le français pour la salle de classe
Questions et réponses

My students really like to work independently, in pairs and in small groups, and these vocabulary cards enable them to do that. There are lots of games and activities to play, and I’ve described several that are successful with my groups. I’ve found that giving students regular and frequent opportunities to play with the cards, not only when we’re focusing on these particular vocab groups, but across the school year, and even when they’re far more advanced in their learning - all learners benefit from going back to the start, There’s definitely some prep involved - printing, laminating and cutting out - laminating is certainly worth the effort, as the cards are a lot more learner-friendly, and do last for years. Students don’t have to play with full sets - they can work with selected vocab groups.

The 18-page workbook gives students a different way of consolidating their vocabulary - writing it out really helps to embed language, and is great for spelling too. There are 3 differentiated recall and write challenges, as well as a full alphabetical French-English vocab list, which works well as a longer-term reference resource too. My students learn a lot from applying their French practically with the game card templates - they enjoy creating cards for each other. I use the workbook for homework, holiday work, practice and revision or cover lessons - they’re really versatile. My students use the Notes & Next Steps template to reflect on their progress, make note of any new, related vocab, and to help us in our whole-group discussion about learning and progress in general.

Written Recall Challenge One: students write the English word /phrase from a French prompt, with all the words and phrases grouped together in the same category

Written Recall Challenge Two: with this challenge, students write the words/phrases in French from an English prompt, and again, they’re all group together in the same category

Written Recall Challenge Three: this final challenge ‘switches’ at each question from French to English, and lists words and phrases randomly from each category - I’ve found that this really does encourage my students to think hard about their French vocab.

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