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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!
25 EXPRESSIONS IDIOMATIQUES EXPLIQUÉES ET ILLUSTRÉES

25 EXPRESSIONS IDIOMATIQUES EXPLIQUÉES ET ILLUSTRÉES

This resource will help visual learners master the following idioms: aller droit au but avoir du pain sur la planche avoir la langue bien pendue avoir le bras long avoir le coeur sur la main avoir une peur bleue c'est dans la poche c’est simple comme bonjour ce n’est pas la mer à boire ce n’est pas sorcier connaître les ficelles couper la poire en deux coûter les yeux de la tête en faire tout un fromage faire la court échelle à quelqu'un faire la pluie et le beau temps faire la une faire le pont il y a quelque chose qui ne tourne pas rond je suis un vrai tombeau les doigts dans le nez mettre la main à la pâte parler français comme une vache espagnole plier bagage quand les poules auront des dents un ours mal léché If you like this resource, please let me know and I will make more like it.
Carlav
Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER)

Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER)

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
Carlav
Les expressions avoir (5 resources)

Les expressions avoir (5 resources)

This file includes • 3 motdoku6 (word sudoku) games • Où sont les trésors cachés (Les expressions AVOIR) • 1 powerpoint presentation illustrating 15 expressions • an 8.5" by 14" poster of those same expressions • the free game, "Let's get to the bottom (or top) of LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR"
Carlav
Les Misérables: clips & paroles en français

Les Misérables: clips & paroles en français

Inspired by the fun I had studying the hits on the Les Misérables album with my French classes 100 years ago, I've pulled together all the lyrics and all the audioclips here. My original post moaned about 'J&'avais rêvé' being too explicit. But Louiselk has found a school friendly version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbtu8I7sT0M Gillian51 observed that these lyrics would be too easy for her AS students. Please let me reiterate that I teach in Canada and that I can only make educated guesses about appropriate levels for the UK.
Carlav
'Poker Face' recycled as Les 3 petits cochons

'Poker Face' recycled as Les 3 petits cochons

This clever and ridiculously catchy rendition of Lady Gaga's Poker Face was created by Andrew Praamsma, a young Canadian teacher. The clip works wonderfully as a karaoke activity. And it's so tongue-in-cheek that even K4s will find it entertaining. But, in case you need one more reason to introduce 'Les trois petits cochons to your class', here's a very simple gap-fill featuring the lyrics.
Carlav
Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les aliments)

Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les aliments)

The objective of “Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les aliments)” is to help students to build sentences and to talk about food using indefinite and partitive adjectives. It uses primarily the present tense. Even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully to speak in French in full sentences. After the oral treasure hunt, you can assign coordinates to create an instant written assignment. To see if “Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les vêtements)” is right for your students, download 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 VOCABULARY FEATURED IN THIS GAME le beignet la boisson le beurre d’arachides le biscuit le café la cerise les chips (f.) le chocolat les choux de Bruxelles (m.) la fraise les frites (f.) le fromage le gâteau la glace le hamburger le légume les oeufs (m.) au plat la pastèque la pizza la pomme le poulet le raisin le sandwich les spaghettis le sushi ALTERNATIVE VOCABULARY FEATURED IN THE QUÉBÉCOIS VERSION la beigne le beurre de pinottes la crème glacée les croustilles le melon d���eau
Carlav
Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER)

Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER)

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
Carlav
Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles

Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles

Here are 12 more rebus puzzles for students who enjoyed the free rebus “A little Christmas Rebus to decipher! (The Little Drummer Boy)”: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/another-little-christmas-rebus-to-decipher-6454697 Thanks to their texting skills, today’s kids “get” the principle behind rebus puzzles intuitively. The “Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles” start with simple thematic phrases like “baking gingerbread cookies” and builds to a 3-page invitation to students to make their own rebus. The invitation is, of course, in rebus format! An activity tailored for the run-up to the holidays.
Carlav
A Valentine 'Boggle' + solutions

A Valentine 'Boggle' + solutions

This is a five-minute filler for English teachers. Because I live in Canada, I'm guessing about the proper curriculum level and would appreciate your feedback. A B & W version for teachers who&'d like to photocopy a handout has just been added. P.S. I've listed a number of possible answers but (prudishly? wisely?) I've avoided possibilities like 'lover' and 'loins'!
Carlav
Où sont les trésors cachés? (LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR)

Où sont les trésors cachés? (LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR)

To see if these three games are right for your students, first try the free resource, “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 Even my most reluctant learners listen carefully and participate enthusiastically when we play OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS?, an oral "treasure" hunt. It works well as a full class, teacher directed game and as a small group activity. My answer keys are in le présent, le passé composé & le futur simple but the games can be played in virtually every tense. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, simply assign a handful of coordinates for an instant written assignment that will reinforce your lesson. Les expressions avoir ciblées dans OSLTC? sont avoir soif avoir faim avoir froid avoir chaud avoir __ ans avoir raison avoir tort avoir hâte avoir le trac avoir de la chance avoir mal avoir besoin de avoir envie de avoir peur de avoir l’air
Carlav
Let’s get to the bottom (or top) of LES EXPRESSIONS FAIRE

Let’s get to the bottom (or top) of LES EXPRESSIONS FAIRE

Let’s get to the bottom (or top) of LES EXPRESSIONS FAIRE is a competitive, repetitive game that will help your students to listen “actively” and to familiarise themselves with “les expressions faire” through the process of osmosis. There are three games in this file. To be sure that this activity is right for your class, try the free resource, Let’s get to the bottom (or top) of LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/let-s-get-to-the-bottom-of-les-expressions-avoir-6451763 Here are three sample sentences from Let���s get to the bottom (or top) of LES EXPRESSIONS FAIRE: • “Chez moi, c’est le bonhomme Pillsbury qui fait les biscuits!” avoue Mary Berry. • Elle est rentrée après son couvre-feu et ses parents en ont fait tout un drame. • Hamilton est une pièce musicale qui fait un tabac en ce moment!
Carlav
¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! game (SER y ESTAR)

¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! game (SER y ESTAR)

Thanks to Diana Martínez, a brilliant young colleague from Mexico, here is a ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! game that concentrates on SER and ESTAR. This resource works both as a teacher-directed activity and as a small group game. Even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” generates enthusiastic oral participation as well. After the oral treasure hunt, assign a handful of co-ordinates for instant written conjugation practice. The answer keys are in the present and past tenses but the game can be played in virtually every verb tense. Please note that we have opted to use Mexican Spanish wherever possible. To see if this activity is right for your students, download its freesister resource, ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (AR-ending verbs) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-busquemos-el-tesoro-escondido-ar-ending-verbs-2-0-11522811
Carlav
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (a triangle puzzle)2.0

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (a triangle puzzle)2.0

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM match the texts on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes: Sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow’s eye, seal me awhile from mine own company. Lord, what fools these mortals be! If we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended, that you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear. The course of true love never did run smooth. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Never harm, nor spell nor charm, come our lovely lady nigh. The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them. Thus have I, Wall, my part dischargèd so. And, being done, thus Wall away doth go. Come, blade, my breast imbrue. And, farewell, friends. Thus Thisbe ends. Adieu. Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Vile thing, let loose. In the temple, by and by, with us, these couples shall eternally be knit. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact. Never anything can be amiss when simpleness and duty tender it. We cannot fight for love, as men may do; we should be wooed and were not made to woo. When in that moment, so it came to pass, Titania waked and straightway loved an ass. Sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow’s eye, seal me awhile from mine own company. Am not I Hermia? Are not you Lysander? I am as fair now as I was erewhile.
Carlav
Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)

Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)

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.
Carlav
THE TEMPEST (a triangle puzzle) 2.0

THE TEMPEST (a triangle puzzle) 2.0

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied THE TEMPEST match the texts on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes: Good wombs have borne bad sons. (Act 1, Scene 2) Hell is empty and all the devils are here. (Act 1, Scene 2) You taught me language, and my profit on't is, I know how to curse. (Act 1, Scene 2) But this swift business I must uneasy make, lest too light winning make the prize light. (Act 1, Scene 2) The wills above be done but I would fain die a dry death. (Act 1, Scene 1) I’ll rack thee with old cramps, fill all thy bones with aches. (Act 1, Scene 2) My library was dukedom large enough. (Act 1, Scene 2) There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple. (Act 1, Scene 2) Misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows. (Act 2, Scene 2) It was mine art, when I arrived and heard thee, that made gape the pine and let thee out. (Act 1, Scene 2) We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. (Act 4, Scene 1) How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in’t! (Act 5, Scene 1) The strongest oaths are straw to the fire i' the blood. (Act 4, Scene 1) He that dies pays all debts. ( Act 3, Scene 2) Now I will believe that there are unicorns. ( Act 3, Scene 3) What have we here? A man or a fish?  (Act 2, Scene 2)
Carlav
LET’S GET TO THE BOTTOM (OR TOP) OF LE SUBJONCTIF

LET’S GET TO THE BOTTOM (OR TOP) OF LE SUBJONCTIF

After you’ve introduced LE SUBJONCTIF, here’s an active listening game that will have all your students participating enthusiastically. Let's get to the bottom (or top) of LE SUBJONCTIF works bilingually and in the target language only. And, thanks to its competitive and repetitive elements, your students will pick up many of the key expressions through the process of osmosis. To make sure that “LET’S GET TO THE BOTTOM (OR TOP) OF LE SUBJONCTIF” is the right kind of activity for your students, try the free download,“LET’S GET TO THE BOTTOM (OR TOP) OF LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR”: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/dashboard/resource-management/uploads
Carlav
OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS? (les verbes réguliers en - IR)

OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS? (les verbes réguliers en - IR)

OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS? works well as a full-class, teacher directed activity or as a small group game. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, assign a handful of co-ordinates and, voilà, an instant written assignment that reinforces 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, le passé composé and le futur simple but the game can be played in virtually every verb tense. To see if this activity 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
Carlav
TWELFTH NIGHT (A triangle puzzle)

TWELFTH NIGHT (A triangle puzzle)

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!
Carlav
¿Dónde están mis regalos de navidad?

¿Dónde están mis regalos de navidad?

Thanks to Diana Martínez, a brilliant young colleague from Mexico, here is the second Spanish game in the ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! series. The focus in ¿Dónde están mis regalos de navidad? is self-explanatory. This resource works both as a teacher-directed activity and as a small group game. Even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” always generates enthusiastic oral participation. After the oral treasure hunt, assign a handful of co-ordinates for instant written conjugation practice. The answer keys are in thebpresent and future tenses but the game can be played in virtually every verb tense. We have used Mexican Spanish wherever possible. To see if this activity is right for your students, please download this free sister resource, ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (AR-ending verbs): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-busquemos-el-tesoro-escondido-ar-ending-verbs-2-0-11522811
Carlav
¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (LOS VERBOS REGULARES, AR, ER e IR)

¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (LOS VERBOS REGULARES, AR, ER e IR)

Thanks to Diana Martínez, a brilliant young colleague from Mexico, here is a ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! game that concentrates on the VERBOS REGULARES, AR, ER e IR. This resource works both as a teacher-directed activity and as a small group game. Even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” generates enthusiastic oral participation as well. After the oral treasure hunt, assign a handful of co-ordinates for instant written conjugation practice. The answer keys are in the present and past tenses but the game can be played in virtually every verb tense. Please note that we have opted to use Mexican Spanish wherever possible. To see if this activity is right for your students, download the free resource, ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (AR-ending verbs) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-busquemos-el-tesoro-escondido-ar-ending-verbs-2-0-11522811
Carlav
OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS? (les verbes réguliers en -RE)

OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS? (les verbes réguliers en -RE)

OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS? works well as a full-class, teacher directed activity or as a small group game. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, assign a handful of co-ordinates and, voilà, an instant written assignment that reinforces 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, le passé composé and le futur simple but the game can be played in virtually every verb tense. To see if this activity 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
Carlav
¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (gustar, fascinar y molestar)

¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (gustar, fascinar y molestar)

Thanks to Diana Martínez, a brilliant young colleague from Mexico, here is a ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! game that concentrates on verbs like gustar. This resource works both as a teacher-directed activity and as a small group game. Even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” generates enthusiastic oral participation as well. After the oral treasure hunt, assign a handful of co-ordinates for instant written conjugation practice. The answer keys are in the present and past tenses but the game can be played in virtually every verb tense. Please note that we have opted to use Mexican Spanish wherever possible. To see if this activity is right for your students, download its free sister resource, ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (AR-ending verbs) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-busquemos-el-tesoro-escondido-ar-ending-verbs-2-0-11522811
Carlav