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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!
Macbeth (a triangle puzzle)
Carlav

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.
FRENCH: Dire ou INTERdire (Noël)
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FRENCH: Dire ou INTERdire (Noël)

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This game is a bit like “Taboo” and can be played 2 ways. If your students are confident in French, have them play according to traditional Taboo® rules. If your students are uncomfortable giving clues, turn the rules upside down. Have your students use the words beneath the red and green 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. The green stars indicate challenging cards. It’s usually a good idea for you as the teacher to announce that you will accept synonyms like 'un palet” or 'un disque” for 'une rondelle”. The cards are designed to be run on business card sheets or card stock.
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.
The Wonder of Winter 2.0! (Thematic Boggle)
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The Wonder of Winter 2.0! (Thematic Boggle)

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Another five-minute filler for teachers. Embedded in this puzzle are eight words associated with the theme of 'winter' and 80 other general vocabulary words. Full instructions, templates in colour and in black and white, a thematic vocabulary and an answer key are included.
Celui-ci ou celui-là? Celle-ci ou celle-là?
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Celui-ci ou celui-là? Celle-ci ou celle-là?

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A simple, visual introduction to these demonstrative pronouns wrapped in gentle humour. The lesson ends with a challenge to students to create similar visual comparisons for ‘ceux-ci ou ceux-là’ and ‘celles-ci ou celles-là’. I’d enjoy hearing about what your students produce.
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
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
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
Triangle puzzle: Vouloir, Pouvoir et Devoir
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Triangle puzzle: Vouloir, Pouvoir et Devoir

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This triangle puzzle focusses on the present tense of the irregular verbs, vouloir, pouvoir and devoir. To solve the puzzle co-operatively, students will have to match snippets of text to form sentences like, "Pour jouer à Minecraft, on doit utiliser son imagination" and "Pour voir mes photos, vous pouvez me suivre (folow) sur Instagram". To make sure this activity is right for your students, test drive another triangle puzzle, the free "futur simple" puzzle: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (gustar, fascinar y molestar)
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¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! (gustar, fascinar y molestar)

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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
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
2 MARELLES:  les verbes conjugués avec “être” / Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp
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2 MARELLES: les verbes conjugués avec “être” / Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp

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Il y a 8 phrases cachées dans chaque marelle. There are eight sentences hidden in each of these two hopscotch games. Le début de chaque phrase est signalé par un petit numéro qui indique le nombre de cases dans la phrase. Toutes les cases qui forment une phrase se touchent. C’est la logique qui détermine l’ordre à suivre. The beginning of each sentence is marked with a number in a circle. This little number also tells you how many boxes make up the sentence. All the boxes that form a sentence are connected. You may move up, down, left, right and diagonally. Let logic guide you to the end of each sentence. Download the free resource, "Une marelle pour accompagner Le Gruffalo” to see if this game is suitable for your class. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/une-marelle-pour-accompagner-le-gruffalo-11288270
French: Où sont les trésors cachés? (3 EXPRESSIONS AVOIR games)
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French: Où sont les trésors cachés? (3 EXPRESSIONS AVOIR games)

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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
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.
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.
Qui, que et qu'   (les pronoms relatifs )
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Qui, que et qu' (les pronoms relatifs )

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This 11-page tutorial walks students through the differences between the interrogative and the relative pronouns, qui and que /qu'. It also explains the difference between the subject and object pronoun. However, there's also a simple little visual for those students who have not yet studied or mastered that grammatical point in English. The relatively simple gap fill exercise is followed by a more challenging mini-tutorial on combining two sentences using these pronouns and a page of questions.
Où sont les trésors cachés? ( DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR)
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Où sont les trésors cachés? ( DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR)

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“Où sont les trésors cachés? (DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR)” 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
Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles
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Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles

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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.