The show Extra! is a thirteen episode series for French language learners. it takes place in a Paris apartment/dormitory and has four main characters - Sam, Nico, Sacha, and Annie. Sam is an American who is trying to learn French as well as to make some new friends. He has a secret that will affect the way he relates to other people.
Each episode can stand alone, although it is more interesting to start from the beginning and watch them in order. I spread the episodes out over the course of a semester, but you could do them more or less frequently.
I usually show these to my second year students during the second semester. They have enough vocabulary to understand most of the dialog by this time.
The worksheets provide comprehension checks but also scaffolding resources. For each episode you will find activities such as:
vocabulary list with English translations
vocabulary list with no translations - have students fill in while watching
comprehension questions in French
comprehension questions in English
flashcards for the vocabulary list
a word spiral puzzle
a crossword puzzle
fill in the blanks
a word search puzzle
There are many places to view the episodes, youtube has them in both sub-titled and non sub-titled versions. For lower level students, I would suggest the version with French subtitles.
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Excellent exercises. Very structured and straightforward. Lots to do !
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