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A few years ago, I retired from my position as head of Modern Languages, a bit fearful of the "R" word. But to date, it has been nothing but fun! Canadian law requires school-aged actors to study with a qualified teacher when they’re off-camera. Many of our young actors are in immersion French so I've found a happy little niche, teaching a few days a week as an on-set tutor and moving in inspiring and creative circles! Furthermore, I get to share resources here! Vive la retraite!

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A few years ago, I retired from my position as head of Modern Languages, a bit fearful of the "R" word. But to date, it has been nothing but fun! Canadian law requires school-aged actors to study with a qualified teacher when they’re off-camera. Many of our young actors are in immersion French so I've found a happy little niche, teaching a few days a week as an on-set tutor and moving in inspiring and creative circles! Furthermore, I get to share resources here! Vive la retraite!
Quelles qualités cherches-tu chez ton ami(e)?
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Quelles qualités cherches-tu chez ton ami(e)?

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I've updated this PDF and have incorporated the how to play guide. A few years ago, I had to cover a Family Studies’ class. The students had been studying healthy relationships and my job was to run a Values’ Auction. The kids were so taken by the activity that I took home a copy to rework for a unit on Les amis et la vie sociale. I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine do.
Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER)
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Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER)

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This activity works well as a full-class, teacher-directed game or as a small group activity. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, you can also assign coordinates to create an instant written assignment to reinforce the correct conjugation of the verbs. You’ll find that even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” tends to generate enthusiastic oral participation as well. My answer key is for “le présent” and “le passé composé” but the game works for virtually every verb tense and even the subjunctive mood. OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS game sheets also are available for: Les verbes ER, IR and RE https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-les-verbes-er-ir-and-re-11097879 ÊTRE et AVOIR https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-tre-et-avoir-11097896 DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-devoir-vouloir-et-pouvoir-11097964 FAIRE, PRENDRE, METTRE https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-faire-prendre-mettre-11102869 OUVRIR, DÉCOUVRIR, SORTIR, PARTIR https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-verbes-cach-s-ouvrir-d-couvrir-sortir-partir-11103210 SAVOIR, CONNAÎTRE et RECONNAÎTRE https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-savoir-conna-tre-et-reconna-tre-11103979 Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-les-verbes-conjugu-s-avec-tre-dr-and-mrs-vandertramp-11102852 Les verbes PRONOMINAUX) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-les-verbes-pronominaux-11102862 The 8 premium games bundled https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-collected-8-premium-o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-games-11291572
Roald Dahl's THE LANDLADY
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Roald Dahl's THE LANDLADY

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I'm reposting this old file because it's Roald Dahl's centenary and because "The Landlady" is an exceptionally well written, suspenseful and eerie short story that cries out to be explored at Hallowe’en by both middle and high school students. (It is not to be missed if “foreshadowing” and “appearance versus reality” figure in your curriculum.) If your school doesn’t own any of the many anthologies featuring The Landlady, thanks to the BBC, you can access the text, audio files and related activities here: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/britlit/landlady. I’ve summarized The Landlady and stirred the pieces in my cauldron. After your class has read the story, your students should be able to reconstitute the summary as a small group, co-operative activity.
TWELFTH NIGHT (A triangle puzzle)
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TWELFTH NIGHT (A triangle puzzle)

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In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied TWELFTH NIGHT match the texts on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes: Oh Time, thou must untangle this, not I. It is too hard a knot for me t'untie! She did commend my yellow stockings of late, she did praise my leg, being cross-gartered. O, had I but followed the arts! Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage. If music be the food of love, play on. Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale? Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em. This fellow is wise enough to play the fool and to do that well craves a kind of wit. Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better. If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction. This youth that you see here I snatch'd one half out of the jaws of death. Or I am mad, or else this is a dream. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you. Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere. One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons, a natural perspective that is and is not!
Les adjectifs
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Les adjectifs

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This 20 page resource includes a tutorial on how to make regular and irregular adjectives agree with nouns and several activities and exercise to reinforce the concept. The kinds of adjectives covered are: • regular adjectives and • irregular adjectives including adjectives ending in: • é • e • eux • if • el • en • on • er • beau, bon, nouveau, vieux
Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp (les verbes conjugués avec être): a mini-unit
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Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp (les verbes conjugués avec être): a mini-unit

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This file includes • my Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp poster • alternate Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp mnemonics • a mini-lesson on verbs conjugated with être and their agreement with their subjects • Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp exercises • The Transformers: a mini-lesson on "special snowflake" van der Tramp verbs and when they revert to the AVOIR auxiliary.
Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)
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Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)

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In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied ROMEO AND JULIET are asked to match the text on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes: Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. A plague o’ both your houses. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, or never after look me in the face. For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone till Holy Church incorporate two in one. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life… Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man. Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. Your lady mother is coming to your chamber: the day is broke; be wary… O true apothecary, thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die. Tempt not a desperate man My only love sprung from my only hate! Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? O happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust and let me die. For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
Où sont les trésors cachés? (FAIRE, PRENDRE, METTRE)
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Où sont les trésors cachés? (FAIRE, PRENDRE, METTRE)

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“Où sont les trésors cachés? (FAIRE, PRENDRE, METTRE)” works well as a full-class, teacher-directed game or as a small group activity. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, you can also assign co-ordinates to create an instant written assignment to reinforce the correct spelling of the verb endings. You’ll find that even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” tends to generate enthusiastic oral participation as well. My answer key is for le présent tense,​ but the game works for virtually every verb tense. Try the free, “Où sont les trésors cachés (les verbes ER) to see if ”Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR)” is right for your students: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s--les-verbes-er-6438862
Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes PRONOMINAUX)
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Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes PRONOMINAUX)

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Featured in “Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes PRONOMINAUX)” are SE LAVER, SE LEVER, S’HABILLER, SE PARLER and S’ACHETER. The activity works well as a full-class, teacher-directed game or as a small group activity. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, you can also assign co-ordinates to create an instant written assignment to reinforce the correct spelling of the verb endings. You’ll find that even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” tends to generate enthusiastic oral participation as well. My answer key is for le présent et le passé composé but the game works for virtually every verb tense. Try the free, “Où sont les trésors cachés (les verbes ER) to see if ”Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR)” is right for your students: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-c
Macbeth (a triangle puzzle)
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Macbeth (a triangle puzzle)

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In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied the Scottish play are asked to match the text on the edges of 16 triangles to reconstitute the following quotes: -But screw your courage to the sticking place . . . -Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it. -Let not light see my black and deep desires. -False face must hide what the false heart doth know. -There’s daggers in men’s smiles. -The attempt and not the deed confounds us. -Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. -Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble. -Give sorrow words. -Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. -Look like th' innocent flower, but be the serpent under ’t. -Out, damned spot! -What’s done cannot be undone. -The instruments of darkness tell us truths . . . -By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. -Fair is foul, and foul is fair. All nauseatingly fawning feedback gratefully accepted.
Triangle puzzle: Les verbes conjugués avec être ( ou les verbes DR. & MRS. VAN DER TRAMP)
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Triangle puzzle: Les verbes conjugués avec être ( ou les verbes DR. & MRS. VAN DER TRAMP)

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This triangle puzzle requires students to work in the past tense with verbs conjugated with ÊTRE (or the DR. and MRS. VAN DER TRAMP verbs). To solve the puzzle co-operatively, they will have to match the snippets of text to form sentences like, "J'ai quitté FB le jour où mes parents en sont devenus membres!" If you are not sure if this activity is right for your students, have a look at another triangle puzzle, the free futur simple activity: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
Halloween (Apprenons en jouant)
Carlav

Halloween (Apprenons en jouant)

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Here are all of my French Halloween resources, both paid and free, in one file. 1 DIRE OU INTERDIRE? (Un jeu comme Taboo): L'édition de Halloween 2 10 French Bingo Cards for Hallowe'en 3 C'est Touchant! (un jeu comme Boggle) pour L'Automne, L'Action de Grâce, L'Halloween et L'Hiver 4 Scribblescrabbles for Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Eid and Kwanzaa (Multilingual) 5 Mots coupés (Halloween) 2.0
Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE/ Dr. & Mrs. VAN DER TRAMP).
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Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE/ Dr. & Mrs. VAN DER TRAMP).

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In “Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE)", the focus is on the Dr. and Mrs. VAN DER TRAMP verbs, ALLER, VENIR, DEVENIR and RENTRER. This activity works well as a full-class, teacher-directed game or as a small group activity. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, you can also assign co-ordinates to create an instant written assignment to reinforce the correct spelling of the verb endings. You’ll find that even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” tends to generate enthusiastic oral participation as well. My answer key is for le présent tense and the passé composé but the game works for virtually every verb tense. To see if this Dr. & Mrs. VAN DER TRAMP lesson is right for your students, try the free, “Où sont les trésors cachés (les verbes ER): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s--les-verbes-er-6438862
GET THE PICTURE? (Les animaux): a self-correcting game
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GET THE PICTURE? (Les animaux): a self-correcting game

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Un jeu conçu pour aider les débutants à apprendre le nom des animaux. A game to help beginners, playing alone or with a study buddy, master the vocabulary of "les animaux". Once they have finished matching each vocabulary card with its corresponding picture card, players flip all the pairs to check their own work. Matching icons on the back of the flipped pair will confirm that the task has been well done. Icons that don’t match tell players that it’s time to try again. This file includes two decks: les animaux domestiques et de la ferme et les animaux sauvages. To see if "GET THE PICTURE (Les vêtements)" is the right kind of activity for your students, download the free resource, "GET THE PICTURE (Le présent des verbes ER)" https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/get-the-picture-le-pr-sent-des-verbes-er-a-self-correcting-learning-activity-11342123
FRENCH BRAG TAGS / BILLETS "TU PEUX ÊTRE FIER!"
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FRENCH BRAG TAGS / BILLETS "TU PEUX ÊTRE FIER!"

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Because it's hard to find big, bright, text-rich, French motivational stickers, I have designed about fifty “reward cards” to encourage and congratulate my students. My kids like them and I like being able to update them as needed. Many sincere thanks to my (much) younger colleague, who gently suggested that I move into this millennium and label this file as “brag tags”! HOW I USE THEM 1) AS COLLECTIBLES They work as little giveaway rewards for good effort. (I’m from Canada, hockey trading card country. The best compliment I ever got was when one of my boys announced that he was trying to collect the “whole set”!) 2) AS CURRENCY Students may trade in 10 cards for a package of gum or a dollar store /pound shop gift. 3) As a “bon point” incentive A bon point is redeemable for “1 mark on our next test”. Even high school kids love this little card trick. If you go this route, reserve two or three styles (for example, the “vachement bien” and the “de quoi être fier /fière” cards) as the bon point cards.
Où sont les trésors cachés? (ÊTRE et AVOIR)
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Où sont les trésors cachés? (ÊTRE et AVOIR)

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"Où sont les trésors cachés? (ÊTRE et AVOIR)" works well as a full-class, teacher-directed game or as a small group activity. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, you can also assign co-ordinates to create an instant written assignment to reinforce the correct spelling of the verb endings. You’ll find that even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” tends to generate enthusiastic oral participation as well. My answer key is for le présent tense but the game works for virtually every verb tense. To see if this this ÊTRE and AVOIR lesson is right for your students, try the free, “Où sont les trésors cachés (les verbes ER): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s--les-verbes-er-6438862
DIRE OU INTERDIRE?  (Un jeu comme Taboo): L'édition de Halloween
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DIRE OU INTERDIRE? (Un jeu comme Taboo): L'édition de Halloween

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DIRE OU INTERDIRE? can be played by intermediate and advanced students For advanced, immersion and francophone groups: If your students are confident and articulate in French, have them play DIRE OU INTERDIRE? like traditional Taboo®. Divide the class into two teams. Place the deck facedown on a desk. A player from the first group chooses a card and tells his/her team everything s/he can about the word at the top of the card. The only catch is that s/he may not use any of the words listed under the orange and black lines in the descriptions. If the class cannot guess the word within 60 seconds, the mystery word is announced to the class and a player from the second team tries his or her luck. A point is scored each time the mystery word is correctly guessed. It’s usually a good idea for you as a teacher to announce that you will accept synonyms. For example, in Canada, a student might guess “un party (de Halloween)” rather than “une fête”. For intermediate level learners: If your students are uncomfortable giving clues, turn the rules upside down. Tell them to use the words beneath the black and orange banner in their descriptions! This topsy-turvy approach encourages and empowers everyone to participate. You won’t believe what a positive game-changer it is. This package includes 28 Halloween-themed cards, a template for students to make their own DIRE OR INTERDIRE? game and a how-to-play guide.
C'est Touchant! (un jeu comme Boggle)  pour L'Automne, L'Action de Grâce, L'Halloween et L'Hiver
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C'est Touchant! (un jeu comme Boggle) pour L'Automne, L'Action de Grâce, L'Halloween et L'Hiver

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Embedded in each of the 4 puzzle grids in this bundle are several French words on the themes of L'Action de Grâce, L'Automne, L'Hiver and L’Halloween as well as many more general vocabulary words. The bundle includes • Full-colour copies and BW copies of each puzzle • a thematic vocabulary for each theme ��� answer keys • a “how to play” guide Try the free TES activity,'Joyeux Noël ('C'est touchant' is like Boggle.)' to see if this activity is for you: https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Joyeux-No-and-235-l-and-quot-C-and-39-est-touchant-and-quot-is-like-Boggle-6150658/
Où sont les trésors cachés? (11  regular and irregular verb games)
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Où sont les trésors cachés? (11 regular and irregular verb games)

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Try before you buy. Here is the free "Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER)" https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/o-sont-les-tr-sors-cach-s-les-verbes-er-6438862 This bundle includes the " Où sont les trésors cachés?" game sheets for 1 les verbes réguliers -IR 2 les verbes réguliers -RE 3 les verbes ER, IR and RE 4 les verbes ÊTRE et AVOIR 5 les verbes DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR 6 les verbes FAIRE, PRENDRE, METTRE 7 les verbes SAVOIR, CONNAÎTRE et RECONNAÎTRE 8 les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE/ Dr. & Mrs. VAN DER TRAMP). 9 les verbes PRONOMINAUX 10 les verbes OUVRIR, DÉCOUVRIR, SORTIR et PARTIR 11 les verbes ER (the original free resource)
The Hallowe'en edition of  YOU DON'T SAY!
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The Hallowe'en edition of YOU DON'T SAY!

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If you are a fan of Taboo®, YOU DON’T SAY! might just be the game for you. It can be played in two very different ways. If your students are confident and articulate, have them play YOU DON’T SAY! like traditional Taboo®. If, however, you have students who are uncomfortable speaking in public, turn the rules upside down. Tell them to use some or all of the words beneath the orange and black banner in their descriptions! This topsy-turvy approach encourages and empowers everyone to participate. You won’t believe what a positive game-changer it is. This file includes 32 Hallowe’en-themed cards and a template for students to make their own YOU DON’T SAY! deck.