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My name is Christopher Palmer and I am a languages practitioner. I am now in my tenth year of practitioning and I have a wealth of experience of liaising with the standard EdExcel GCSE French, Cambridge International GCSE French, EdExcel A-Level French and beginner's Mandarin courses. My experience has not only resided in the UK, but I have been residing in far east Asia and I am now currently settled in Saudi Arabia. I have published a vast array of resources which span Key Stage 2-5.

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My name is Christopher Palmer and I am a languages practitioner. I am now in my tenth year of practitioning and I have a wealth of experience of liaising with the standard EdExcel GCSE French, Cambridge International GCSE French, EdExcel A-Level French and beginner's Mandarin courses. My experience has not only resided in the UK, but I have been residing in far east Asia and I am now currently settled in Saudi Arabia. I have published a vast array of resources which span Key Stage 2-5.
IGCSE French: Venir de faire quelque chose
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IGCSE French: Venir de faire quelque chose

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This resource explicitly looks at the use of the term ‘venir de faire quelquechose’ (to have just done something). Get the students to read the cartoons on the slide and then each cartoon has a question about what is going on. Get them to decide which is/are the correct answer/s. Spot the difference activities are followed and the students orally state what has just happened in the second picture. These activities contain visual support in case the students aren’t sure how to something in particular in French. There are also reinforcement activities which the students can complete. Happy teaching and learning!
Mandarin Chinese Year 1: Lesson 2-2: Animals, numbers 1-10 and age
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Mandarin Chinese Year 1: Lesson 2-2: Animals, numbers 1-10 and age

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Unit 2: Animals Lesson 2-2: Animals, numbers 1-10, age Vocabulary: 岁 (measure word for age),兔子 (rabbit),鸡 (chicken),鱼 (fish),六 (6),七 (7),八 (8),九 (9),十 (10) (total: 39 words) (total number of characters: 41) Differentiation: 牛 (cow), (total: 42 words) (total number of characters: 53) Objective 1: Recall a total of six animals studied (seven for more able speakers) Objective 2: Recall the numbers from 1-10 in Mandarin Chinese Objective 3: Recall how to express one's age in Mandarin Chinese Present each item of vocabulary and the students repeat each item. There are games and exercises which follow. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Numbers 1-30
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French: Numbers 1-30

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This powerpoint teachers numbers from 1-30 in French. It also reinforces or introduces age and years in French, in addition to how to express one's age and when one was born in French. There are also follow up activities in this powerpoint such as picture pairs and French mathematics. The powerpoint is aimed at Key Stage 2-3 French. Happy teaching and learning!
French: General lesson on the pluperfect tense
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French: General lesson on the pluperfect tense

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This resource explores the functions of the pluperfect and its formation. This resources is geared towards learners of IGCSE level and it is useful for revision at A-Level. There are step-by-step activities which greatly facilitate one’s learning of this concept. Happy teaching and learning!
Primary French: The four seasons
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Primary French: The four seasons

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A powerpoint which depicts the four seasons in French. I devised a song for each season which has the same melody as 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'. Show the children each slide and get them to sing along to the song and you will be amazed as to how the song sticks in their mind. There is also a follow-up game at the end where the children touch the correct tree to gain points according to the season called out. This activity is suitable at primary level, however it can be used as well during the early phases at secondary level. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Superlatives
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French: Superlatives

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Here is a powerpoint which explicitly explains the use of superlatives and its formation. This powerpoint also contains many interactive activities with progressive levels. This activity is designed for learners from Key Stage 3 French onwards. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Demonstrative pronouns
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French: Demonstrative pronouns

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This presentation focuses on demonstrative pronouns in French which is covered at IGCSE and A-level French. It explicitly highlights the main demonstrative pronouns in question followed by subsequent activities with differentiated levels. Happy teaching and learning!
French:  General activity on relative pronouns 'lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles'
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French: General activity on relative pronouns 'lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles'

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Relative pronouns using 'lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles' is a highly tricky concept and requires much greater understanding, however I have designed this activity to facilitate this and there is a quiz which follows. Upon completing the 5-step method, you will have developed a much more proficient understanding of it all. This concept is briefly mentioned at IGCSE level, but used more profoundly at AS and A2 level French. There is also a wordsearch which revises previously learnt relative pronouns which can be used a warmer activity before the main stage of the lesson begins. Happy teaching and learning!
Primary French: Numbers 1-50 (Key Stage 2 level)
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Primary French: Numbers 1-50 (Key Stage 2 level)

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This resource looks at exclusively, the numbers from 1-50 in French and expressing the year in French. This resource is geared towards learners of Key Stage 2 level and it can also be good revision for learners at Key Stage 3 level. This resource exercises reading, writing and listening skills, alongside mathematical skills. The workbook contains differentiated versions. The children can colour in the numbers on each page of course! Happy teaching and learning!
French for Adults: Beginners: Part 11: The verb 'prendre' in the present tense and breakfast
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French for Adults: Beginners: Part 11: The verb 'prendre' in the present tense and breakfast

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Preparation time: 30 minutes - 1 hour (introducing new vocabulary and also the transcript and sound files for the listening activity) Lesson length: 1.5 hours - 2 hours Here is the 11th resource for introducing French to adults at beginner’s level! I have compiled this resource using an adult approach who are learning French for the very first time. This activity focuses on the times in the morning, the verb ‘prendre’ in the present tense and vocabulary concerning breakfast. Some cultural items as to what the French eat for breakfast are also included. This resource also incorporates all the four keys skills such as reading, listening, speaking and writing. Accompanied with this resource is the worksheet, the transcript and the sound files for the listening assignment. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Si clauses and weather (IGCSE)
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French: Si clauses and weather (IGCSE)

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This resource looks at ‘si’ clauses, associated with weather, which is explored at IGCSE level. It is worthwhile reviewing the simple future tense on slide 2 and then get the students to read the examples. Feel free to write up some more examples on the board if you wish. Get the students to complete the quiz and then the follow-up differentiated activities. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Tricolore 2 (5th edition) - Unit 1 end of unit test paper
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French: Tricolore 2 (5th edition) - Unit 1 end of unit test paper

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The completion of the first installment of Tricolore 2 (5th edition) is finally here! This is the first installment of the test papers series which I have devised following my teaching from Tricolore 2 text book which I use to teach my year 8 students. The content of the test is as follows: Places in the town Various grocery items General shopping expressions Expressing currency and cost Review of the present tense using regular ‘-er’, ‘-ir’ and ‘-re’ verbs More use of the preposition ‘de’ with quantities and negatives This pack contains the following: One listening test paper One reading, grammar and writing test paper The audio file for the listening test A copy of the listening transcript The mark scheme This resource is designed for students of Key Stage 3 (primarily year 8 students) (Second form in Northern Ireland) or learners of post-Key Stage 3 age who are learning French for the first time. Please note that this resource is linked to the 5th Edition of the Tricolore 2 textbook and not the former ones. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Tricolore 1 (5th edition) - Units 1-5 end of unit test papers - only £10!!
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French: Tricolore 1 (5th edition) - Units 1-5 end of unit test papers - only £10!!

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This bundle includes five installments of the end of unit test papers from the first five units, which I have devised following my teaching from Tricolore 1 text book which I use to teach my year 7 students. The content of the bundle is as follows: Unit 1 - Greetings, numbers 1-20 Unit 2 - Where one lives, days of the week, numbers 1-30 Unit 3 - Rooms in the house, members of the family, numbers 1-70 Unit 4 - Colours, pets and animals Unit 5 - Months of the year and dates, festivals, expressing cost, numbers 1-100 This pack contains the following: Five listening test papers (one for each unit for units 1 to 5) Five reading, grammar and writing test papers (one for each unit for units 1 to 5) The audio file for the listening test for each unit for units 1 to 5 A copy of the listening transcript for each unit for units 1 to 5 The mark scheme for each unit for units 1 to 5 This bundle is designed for students of Key Stage 3 (primarily year 7 students) (First form in Northern Ireland) or learners of post-Key Stage 3 age who are learning French for the first time. Please note that this resource is linked to the 5th Edition of the Tricolore 1 textbook and not the former ones. Happy teaching and learning!
2nd year IGCSE French:  Writing practice (Higher level version)
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2nd year IGCSE French: Writing practice (Higher level version)

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This worksheet gives students the opportunity to build up on their vocabulary by searching for French synonyms and also further practise these new words. A very useful tool when developing learners' writing in preparation for the exam. This worksheet is geared towards very high achieving students, gifted and talented learners and learners whose native tongue is French.
French: Expressions of faire
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French: Expressions of faire

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This resource looks at general expressions that use the verb ‘faire’. It is particular useful at Key Stage 3, when students are becoming more acquainted with the verb ‘faire’ anf have already mastered the conjugation of the verb in the present tense. There is a vocabulary sheet, followed by differentiated activities. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Direct and indirect object pronouns poster
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French: Direct and indirect object pronouns poster

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A very useful handout to give to your students who are studying IGCSE or A-Level French. This colourful handout explicitly outlines the six direct and indirect object pronouns both in the present tense and perfect tense, as well as the distinction between the direct object pronouns and the indirect object pronouns in the perfect tense. This resource is free, help yourself! Happy teaching and learning!
French: Tu or vous?
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French: Tu or vous?

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This resource explicitly outlines a very broad cultural element such as the great distinctions as to when to use the 'tu' or the 'vous' form. Students complete the quiz reassuring them of any unfamiliar vocabulary and then they read the cartoon strip followed by another quiz on the story and there are follow up activities on it. This resource is geared towards learners of Key Stage 2/3 level. Happy teaching and learning!