A French activity booklet based around the successful film, Bienvenue Chez les Ch’Tis (Boon, 2008)
The resource consists of
• 13 pages of activities plus 4 glossary pages covering the words used in the exercises and 1 final page containing ideas for exploiting glossaries.
• A separate answer booklet.
The ideal target age is 14+. The slang spoken by the Northerners may be a little too bizarre to inflict on beginners but is a delight for more advanced linguists.
Activities are graded by ability.
The resource could be used with more disaffected pupils, perhaps those who have decided not to continue with French for GCSE.
The booklet could be given to pupils as a three week study/project module.
It can also be used for older pupils and adults who want to keep their French ticking over.
The resource includes an observational quiz based on a 7 minute sequence towards the start of the film. The observation quiz section can be done orally or in writing. The focus is in English to give all pupils an opportunity to show their often exceptional powers of observation. These sections work well as a class game – one side of the room against the other or boys v girls. They are a good way to keep less motivated pupils engaged. Vocabulary from the quiz is followed-up in subsequent activities. The quiz is actually a discrete opportunity to contextualize vocabulary.
The activities also offer opportunities to discuss prejudice and intolerance. There is one film review-writing activity. The main focus is however on developing vocabulary.
This is another of my French UFTEL (Using Film to Explore Language) resources. I hope it shows the benefits of Using Film to Engage Linguists. Amusez-vous bien. Jon Meier.