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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!
Chinese New Year Activity
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Chinese New Year Activity

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Embedded in this “How Touching” puzzle grid are 6 Chinese New Year theme words as well as 70 general vocabulary words. The package includes • a full colour puzzle • 4 small B&W copies of the grid for inexpensive photocopying • a thematic vocabulary • the answer key • a “how to play” guide (p. 5) Although this is The Year of the Rat, an artist produced the delicate and colourful dragon cut-out for me years ago and I choose not to replace it.
38 citations du Petit Prince (a triangle puzzle)
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38 citations du Petit Prince (a triangle puzzle)

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38 citations du Petit Prince is a co-operative activity. Students have to match the text printed on the edges of the triangles to reconstitute 38 of the most famous quotes from Le Petit Prince. In the process, they’ll build an image of the fox. 38 citations du Petit Prince is for advanced students studying the novel. Try the free future simple triangle puzzle to determine if this kind of activity is right for your students: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
The Christmas edition of  YOU DON'T SAY!  (This game is a bit like Taboo®)
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The Christmas edition of YOU DON'T SAY! (This game is a bit like Taboo®)

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Are you a fan of Taboo®? Then YOU DON’T SAY! is the game for you. And it can be played in two 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 green and red 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 36 Christmas-themed cards and a template for students to make their own YOU DON’T SAY! deck. Merry Christmas!
Holy Homonyms, Batman!
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Holy Homonyms, Batman!

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The difference between homophones and homographs is (literally) illustrated in this homonym lesson camouflaged as a game. Students are asked to identify and write out the eighteen pairs of homonyms pictured in the puzzle: ad add ball bawl bare bear bat bat bowl bowl cents scents dough doe eight ate eye I flour flower knight night lynx links moose mousse pair pear piece peace pitcher pitcher sow sew waste waist Black and white and half-sized versions of the game board are included.
A dozen Christmas rebus puzzles in French
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A dozen Christmas rebus puzzles in French

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There are a dozen puzzles in this file, including ten Christmas carol titles in rebus format. They are intended for francophone, advanced FSL and gifted students. I've also included a list of links to audio and video files of the songs featured in the puzzles. Joyeux Noël!
Avez-vous bien compris LUPIN1?
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Avez-vous bien compris LUPIN1?

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LUPIN 1 is based on the hit series whose modern hero is obsessed with Marcel Leblanc’s gentleman-cambioleur. Students will match the sentence fragments printed on the edges of the triangles to reconstitute the 18 statements about episode 1 and to “build” their pyramid. A cooperative activity suitable for francophone, immersion students and advanced students in core French. To be sure that this activity is right for your students by, try the free "futur simple” triangle puzzle at: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
FRENCH: Où sont les trésors cachés (verbes ER)
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FRENCH: Où sont les trésors cachés (verbes ER)

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Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER) 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. I’m proud to say that, globally, this game has been downloaded over 6000 times. OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS game sheets also are available for the following verbs and themes: Les verbes IR Les verbes RE Les verbes ER, IR and RE ÊTRE et AVOIR Les expressions AVOIR (3 game sheets) DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR FAIRE, PRENDRE, METTRE OUVRIR, DÉCOUVRIR, SORTIR, PARTIR SAVOIR, CONNAÎTRE et RECONNAÎTRE Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE Les verbes PRONOMINAUX) The 10 premium games bundled. Enter “Où sont” in the search window of my shop to find them: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Carlav
La journée de Lady Gaga, BTS ou . . .
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La journée de Lady Gaga, BTS ou . . .

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This is a guided writing activity in which students assume the identity of Lady Gaga or a member of BTS and describe her/his day. The focus is the use of pronominal verbs. There are separate handouts for le présent and le passé composé for both the Lady and BTS. Of course, the same sheets will work for Drake, Adele, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Calvin, Hobbes, the principal of your school, and so forth. (It was high time to update this file. Lady Gaga has stood the test of time. One Direction, not so much!)
Let's get to the bottom of LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR
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Let's get to the bottom of LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR

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"Let's get to the bottom (or top) of 'LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR "is a competitive, repetitive game that will help your students to listen 'actively' and to master the expressions through the process of osmosis. It tends to generate very enthusiastic participation!
FRENCH: Futur simple flip cards
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FRENCH: Futur simple flip cards

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FLIPPING GRAMMAR flash cards Online flash cards are a great tool but my students prefer the social interaction of playing / learning with actual cards! This file includes a set of mini-cards to help students master regular verbs and irregular verbs in the future simple, a second set in business card format, a “how to play” guide and a little bonus. Individuals can work through these Flipping Grammar cards in class at their own pace as remedial or enrichment work. Or they can take home a deck until they’ve mastered the futur simple tense. However, Flipping Grammar sparks a lot of joy as a game for two. And you can extend the lesson by using the answers as mini-dictées. Just print, cut and go. QUESTIONS TYPES Tu _______ la pizza dans le four pour 30 minutes. mettre Ton robot _____ uniquement à ta voix. obéir Youpi! Nous ______ enfin à Disneyland! aller Selon Amazon vous _______ votre commande demain. recevoir Le jeu de cartes éclair FLIPPING GRAMMAR Sur un côté de chaque carte, on trouve la question [imprimée en noir] et l’infinitif à conjuguer au futur simple. La réponse [imprimée en rouge] se trouve de l’autre côté de la carte. Bien sûr que les cartes éclair virtuelles aident à mémoriser le vocabulaire et les conjugaisons difficiles. Mais mes étudiants préfèrent de loin de jouer avec de vraies cartes et de vrais camarades de classe! Avec les cartes éclair FLIPPING GRAMMAR, ils peuvent toujours réviser individuellement dans la salle de classe ou chez eux mais ils peuvent aussi jouer avec un partenaire et apprendre sous forme de jeu. Vous trouverez ici des cartes pour travailler le futur simple des verbes irréguliers, des cartes pour travailler le futur simple des verbes irréguliers et un petit guide de jeu.
Quel temps fait-il?
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Quel temps fait-il?

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Print two sets of these cards on printable business card sheets for an instant MEMORY GAME. Or run one set for "group work" cue cards. Or use them as flash cards. Or run one card for every student and have them find their "twin" / "triplets" by travelling around the room asking "Quel temps fait-il?" Or . . . This is an updated resource. Two years ago, I took the original “Quel temps fait-il?” card set down until I could find the time to create optional “windy” and “sunny” cards that might please everyone. (Do you think that I may be a procrastinator?) I’ve also updated the graphics.
FRENCH GAME: Joyeuses Pâques!
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FRENCH GAME: Joyeuses Pâques!

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C’est touchant ressemble un peu à Boggle™.) This C’est Touchant! puzzle for Easter is a Boggle™ with a twist. Embedded in the game grid are 8 French words on the Pâques theme and 70 more general vocabulary words. The file includes • a “how to play” guide • a full colour puzzle • 4 small B&W copies of the grid for teachers who are trying to cut back on photocopying costs • a thematic vocabulary  • the answer key Because the English version of the game, Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on its Way, has been warmly received, this French version has been on my “to do” list forever. Thank you for your patience. La fiche, Comment jouer, explique les règles du jeu en français.
Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE/ DR. & MRS. VAN DER TRAMP
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Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE/ DR. & MRS. VAN DER TRAMP

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This bundle includes 1 Où sont les trésors cachés? (Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE/ Dr. & Mrs. VAN DER TRAMP) 2 Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp (les verbes conjugués avec être): a mini-unit 3 Triangle puzzle: Les verbes conjugués avec être 4 Deux MARELLES Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp 5 Jouons du piano (Les verbes conjugués avec être) Please note that, until recently, this bundle included my beloved "15 mini-dictées au format QR". But QRvoice.net is having some issues. When / if they are resolved or I create a viable alternative resource, I will be thrilled to reupload mon activité chouchou.
LET’S GET TO THE BOTTOM (OR TOP) OF LE SUBJONCTIF
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LET’S GET TO THE BOTTOM (OR TOP) OF LE SUBJONCTIF

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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
Quinze expressions avoir  illustrées (PPT)
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Quinze expressions avoir illustrées (PPT)

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Les quinze expressions - avoir - illustrées - sont: to be thirsty - avoir soif, to be hungry - avoir faim, to be cold - avoir froid, to be hot - avoir chaud, to be wrong - avoir tort, to be right - avoir raison, to be sick - avoir mal, to be x years old - avoir x ans, to need - avoir besoin de, to be ashamed - avoir honte, to be sleepy - avoir sommeil, to be afraid - avoir peur, to be slap happy - avoir le fou rire, to be lucky - avoir de la chance, to feel like, to want - avoir envie de, J’espère que vous en serez vachement content! Click here for the free activity, ‘Let’s get to the bottom of LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR’, to solidify the concept in an entertaining way: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Les-expressions-avoir-a-review-game-6312195/
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.
Deux marelles qui mettent en vedette LE PARTICIPE PRÉSENT
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Deux marelles qui mettent en vedette LE PARTICIPE PRÉSENT

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Chaque phrase dans ces deux marelles comprend un participe présent. Each sentence in these two hopscotch games includes a present participle. Les phrases cachées dans cesmarelles sont: The sentences hidden in these hopscotch games are: • Je fais toujours mes devoirs en écoutant de la musique sur mon téléphone. • C’est en rappant qu’on devient rappeur. • Normalement, ma famille et moi, nous mangeons le dîner en regardant les nouvelles à la télé. • Cet homme est devenu célèbre en mangeant un sandwich. Pour savoir comment, regarde le clip à gauche. • C'est en lisant le roman, The Hunger Games, que je suis devenu fan de la science-fiction. • Ma pauvre grand-mère s’est encore cassé la jambe en faisant du ski acrobatique • La talentueuse Béyoncé exécute souvent des danses compliquées tout en chantant. • Malheureusement, le parachutiste a oublié d’ouvrir son parachute en descendant alors il est descendu TRÈS vite. SPLATTT! • Moi, j’aime écouter de la musique relaxante en faisant du yoga. • Rédige le brouillon de ton texte en t’aidant de tes notes préparatoires pui demande à un camarade de classe de corriger ta copie. • En marchant pendant trente minutes, vous brûlez environ 125 calories. • Selon la police, le chauffeur de la voiture s’est retrouvé dans le lac en suivant son GPS défectueux. • Vous pouvez changer de mot de passe en cliquant ici. • En mangeant un beigne glacé au chocolat, vous consommez 300 calories! • Chaque matin, Maman boit son café en lisant le journal.
Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes réguliers ER, IR and RE)
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Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes réguliers ER, IR and RE)

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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 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, le passé composé, le futur simple and le présent du subjonctif but the game works for 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
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.