French - Fresh serving of vocabulary

26th August 2011 at 01:00

What the lesson is about

These resources, contributed by teachers from the TES community, enable pupils to learn and practise key French vocabulary in a fun and interactive way.

Taking it further

Wide-ranging materials are available covering common themes such as parts of the body, colours, food, time, family, greetings, as well as school- themed material for discussing classroom instructions and subjects.

There is a selection of resources that are "image-only", which means they can be easily adapted for any language and potentially provide extra support for teachers of English as an additional language and special educational needs. These include Blockbusters, a grid with images of clothes, to play as a team game; Body Parts Bingo, which is made up of 27 lotto cards with images of parts of the body, for pupils to match to various names that are called out; and Guess Who?, a grid with images of different people - to promote descriptive vocabulary.

Also included are some excellent illustrated resources for short stories in French, so that children can hear the language in the context of familiar tales. These use animal vocabulary and include animations, and offer a great way to foster a love of language in young children. For example, Ma Surprise du Zoo is a story based on Dear Zoo, with animal vocabulary games at the end; Les Petits Souris is an illustrated short story to practise vocabulary for animals, colours and numbers; and La Petite Poule Rouge is The Little Red Hen, translated into French to introduce animal names using a familiar traditional tale.

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