I have put two lessons worth of activities together here. I normally use these lessons with Y8/9 students who are seeing the past tense for the first time. I aim to explain how to form it to give them the freedom to be creative rather than teach set expressions.
The first lessons has slides on:
- starter to match up familiar and cognate infinitives
- list of phrases in present/past for students to identify and recognise patterns
-explanation of 3 parts of perfect tense (person or object, auxiliary verb, past participle) with animations
-links to YouTube videos to help with memorising avoir
-Whiteboard activities to practise writing short expressions eg. I played, he hid
The second lesson looks at irregular past participles:
-translation starter to recap last lesson
-table to complete with infinitives and past participles
-short phrases to practise as a class
-Connect 4 grid for pairwork
-Match-up exercise for recap of time phrases
-Translation exercise incorporating time phrases and past tense verbs.
-Possible extension to write own paragraph.
I have tried numerous ways of explaining the past tense and there are some great resources on the TES for tutorials and activities. However I could not find an easy to follow handout covering everything there is to know about the passé composé, that was straight forward and fitted on 2 pages (either for double sided copies or 2 A5 on an A4 landscape way). Anyway, I ended up making my own and I hope you find it useful too ☺ I usually do whole class examples and later use mini whiteboards for individual practice.
Powerpoint presentation to revise the perfect tense at KS4 with avoir and etre. I have realised, after using it that the background colour will have to be changed as the white font is difficult to see.
A revision sheet featuring a diagram which pupils can follow through to ensure they create past tenses correctly (selection of auxiliary, past participle, agreement). Used it for revision with year 10 who loved it.
Zombies are attacking the school. A zombie that looks like Steve Buscemi is making lunch out of the principal. And the crazy chemistry teacher is acting like this is just an ordinary day. How will the zombies be stopped? Or will they?
This three-page story includes the imparfait and passé composé . Also includes comprehension questions in English, plus additional activities. Infographic on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse and other natural disasters too.
This item is the Google Drive version.
This resource is intended for all students studying French and would like to improve their grammar. They will learn the Passe Compose. This will be explained clearly. Generally avoir is used as the auxiliary verb but students will also learn about verbs used with etre as the auxiliary verb. This verb is used very often in French and students are advised that they understand and are able to use this verb.
This is NOT an explanation of the passe compose, but a double worksheet for your studens to practise the perfect tense with avoir and etre auxiliaries. Also includes some irregular past participles, translation, and thinking skills. Ideal to practise in class or as a homework.
Past tense, perfect tense, for higher ability Y9 or KS4, may be useful in Y12 as a reminder when revising past tenses.
This large bungle contains lessons and many exercises to revise French verbs in the present tense (indicative only), the conditional (present and past), the future (simple and anterior), 2 revision tests, passe compose and imparfait.