FRENCH CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES - FRENCH CHRISTMAS J’AI… QUI A… ? This is a whole-group lively & communicative language learning game, perfect for regular
use in the run-up to Christmas. It’s great to learn some French Christmas vocab, though I don’t expect my younger learners to learn all thirty-two words necessarily - but it’s equally important to introduce learners to different traditions and practices through the images.
The game has a multi-skill focus: listening, speaking & reading, with an important bonus focus on social interaction and participation. Learners walk around, talking to each other and working together to create the chain. It’s perfect for pronunciation practice too. I’ve included a whole-group presentation that I use to talk about Christmas in France, and to work on pronunciation before learners play the game.
The aim of the game is to create an alphabetical word chain - this can either be a ‘human’ chain, though I prefer to have learners work together to create an alphabetical line on a table, or even on the floor. There are 32 French Christmas words, arranged alphabetically. The first and last cards have J’ai la première carte and J’ai la dernière carte written on them. If you have fewer than thirty-two learners in your group, randomly select several to have more than one card. Learners love it when you play too!
The words are all definite article, masculine and feminine, with singular and plural - this also offers a useful opportunity to talk about grammatical concepts if your learners are at that particular stage. I’ve included both a colour and a B&W version if you need to keep printing costs down. Try to laminate the cards if you can - they’re far more learner-friendly, and they do last for absolutely years! The presentation is good to go - it’s non-editable for copyright reasons, but moves easily along with a single click. Learners can also apply their language skills very practically (and artistically!) by creating their own cards on the template. We tend to play against a timer, often in teams (you’ll need a couple of sets for this) - learners really enjoy trying to beat their own record!
MERCI BEAUCOUP ET JOYEUX NOËL !