Curriculum - Languages - Lesson Plan - Word's worth

4th June 2010 at 01:00
Primary - Get into the groove and help children to recognise sound patterns and the relationship between written and spoken French

What the lesson is about

This aims to help children recognise common sound patterns and to practise their pronunciation. It is aimed at key stage 2, but can also be used to help secondary pupils improve their oral French.

Aims: Pupils can -

- recognise common sound patterns;

- recognise the relationship between written and spoken French.

Getting started

Print out the cards from the TES website (, cut them up and hand one out to each child. One card, for example, shows a picture of a kitchen, the number eight, night, and a "Yes" in English.

Ask pupils what the pictures have in common. Give them a clue, telling them not to think in English. For a second clue, tell them it does not matter what the picture is of, but that they should think about the word for each thing in French. Finally, ask them to say the word out loud in French. What do they notice?

They should notice that the words on each card have a similar sound pattern. What words can they think of that have similar sound patterns?

Which words have the sounds "oi", "ou", "ui", "euoeu", and "aueauo"? Which words have the sounds "i", "aiay" and "u"? Which words have the sounds "gn", "ch", "qu", "on", "inain" and "ille"?

Show pupils the sentences on Eskimos (these can be found on the TES website). Ask them to listen to the sounds as you read them out. Ask them to pick out the sounds that are similar. For example, "Comment fait l'ours blanc tard le soir en rentrant". Ask pupils to say the sentences with you. Show them the slide with the similar sounds highlighted (on the TES website).

Taking it further

Show them a poem about the zoo:

Tout est beau

Le chameau

Est tres...



La girafe

Elle se...

Le guepard

Se leve...



Le gardien

Est un...

Ask pupils to read the poem and work out which of the following words go in the gaps: tard, marrant, gros, sourit, chien, coiffe. What does the poem mean in English?

Ask pupils which of these words has a "wa" sound: poisson, chaud, maison? Which does not have an "o" sound: bateau, faut, plus? Which is the odd one out: heure, feu, histoire? Which have the same sound pattern: trop, maux, bisous, oiseau, dois?

Where to find it

A copy of the lesson plan, plus supporting resources including a PowerPoint and pictures, was originally uploaded by roseespanola and can be found at:

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