FRENCH FRUITS & VEGETABLES TASK CARDS BUNDLE really do help to create a lively language learning environment. Students can develop, embed, reinforce and refresh their knowledge of fruits and vegetables in French in a cooperative, communicative and interactive way, independently of the teacher. They have a bonus multi-skill focus on listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading and spelling. They’re great for helping students familiarize themselves with, and develop competence in, speaking, reading, writing and spelling longer words and more complex sentences in French. Sentence structure and word order may differ from students’ first and/or home language, so it’s important to provide them with opportunities to engage with language that moves beyond single-unit vocabulary as soon as possible. It also gives them chance to apply language in a practical, real-world context, which in turn helps embed both vocab and grammatical concepts into longer-term memory.

The questions are all in French, and range in complexity and challenge. I usually read through questions before my students work with the cards for the first time, to ensure that everyone understands any new or unknown language and structures. I make sure though to give them chance to infer meaning from context, and to use any visual clues to decode language. It’s definitely useful for students to have access to an appropriate bilingual dictionary - not only does that help develop literacy skills, but there will probably be some fruits that students may not know. There are 35 fruits and 37 vegetables addressed in the task cards, and it’s unlikely that they are all in your teaching and learning plan. I always include additional vocabulary to add a little challenge, and to encourage students to think a little more creatively and independently. I’ve provided an alphabetical French-English and English-French fruits and vegetables lists in case you don’t have access to bilingual dictionaries. I’ve used masculine and feminine vegetables, definite, indefinite and partitive article, and singular and plural - this really helps students familiarize themselves with grammatical concepts without explicit instruction. There are some translation questions too - both from French to English and English to French, which is a great introduction to translation for beginner learners. I explain that there are several possible correct alternatives, as translation is not a word-for-word activity, which is definitely useful for them to know from the very beginning of their learning.

The question card template enables students to apply their knowledge of language and grammatical concepts creatively and practically too - my students really enjoy creating questions for each other, and I encourage them to use the existing questions as a frame of reference as they create their own. The task cards come in both color and blackline. The color is quite important when working with fruits and vegetables, but it’s not actually essential. As said, they will be able to apply their developing knowledge of French very practically, and infer meaning from context. However, I do have a couple of sets of laminated color cards, as students are generally very motivated by attractive visuals. I often print out sets of the blackline cards, and students color them themselves. This in itself is a language learning activity, as they work out what each fruit or vegetable is, and create it in color appropriately.

The bundle comprises the following non-editable files:

6 Sets of 36 question cards, color & blackline, 4 per A4 (8.5 x 11) paper.
For younger and beginner learners, I always use a larger size card to ensure that language is sufficiently accessible, particularly when we’re working with longer and more complex sentences. It also ensures that students who find language learning a little extra challenging are not discouraged by dense print of new or unknown language. Laminating is definitely worth the additional prep time and expense, as they are far more learner-friendly, and will last for absolutely years. As noted above, I don’t always use the color cards - students can cut out the blackline cards and color themselves, which has the added bonus of very little teacher prep time!

2-page answer recording sheet. Best printed double-sided, 1 per set.

2-page answer key, again best printed double-sided, and laminated for longevity. One answer key for each small group is sufficient, 1 per set.

alphabetical fruits & vegetables lists, French-English & English-French. Best printed double-sided.

I’ve also included a selection of my popular French freebies that you may not have seen in my store.

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