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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: The passive voice (The present tense)
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IGCSE French: The passive voice (The present tense)

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This resource explicitly explores the use of the passive voice in the present tense which is introduced towards the end of the IGCSE programme and prepares students for the A-Level programme. In this resource, get students to look at the differences between the active voice and the passive voice on slides 2-10. Next, get the students to read the speech bubbles in the cartoons and after each example, get them to answer the questions using both the active and the passive voice. Feel free to provide extra support for those who are less able. After the story, get the students to practise forming the passive voice by conjugating the sample verb ‘etre observé’ and then they can select any activity that they feel most comfortable with. I would recommend the gifted and talented to attempt activity 4, whereas the less able students should attempt activity 1. 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!
Mandarin Chinese Year 1: Months of the year
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Mandarin Chinese Year 1: Months of the year

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This is an activity designed for children in their first year of learning Mandarin Chinese. Writing activity 1: Write and repeat several times each month of the year in character form. They can also colour in the pictures. Writing activity 2: Children read the example when forming dates and then they try to write the dates themselves in the subsequent activity. They may need several more examples before attempting this activity independently. Reading comprehension: Children will need to have already mastered members of the family and learn to say where they live in Mandarin Chinese when correcting the incorrect information in this activity Wordsearch activity: Children look for the months of the year in English in the wordsearch and then cross out the corresponding month in the list in Chinese
Key Stage 3: French: The House Part 1: Le salon
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Key Stage 3: French: The House Part 1: Le salon

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Welcome to the first installment of learning about the rooms in the house. This installment is about the lounge and associated objects. Go through the powerpoint introducing the prepositions first and then introduce the lounge with the associated objects. There is a subsequent quiz with differentiated questions. There are differentiated workbooks available. Get the students to colour in the objects on page 2 and unscramble the words. From pages 3 to 6, cut out and stick in the pictures of the images featuring the masculine words and the feminine words. On page 7, the children need to complete the missing words by choosing the words below. On page 8, the children need to draw the living room, according to the instructions. On page 9, they complete the spot the difference activity and then complete the wordsearch on page 10. There will be subsequent installments available very shortly. Do keep an eye out for these. 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!
French: Days of the week wordsearch
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French: Days of the week wordsearch

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A wordsearch with the days of the week in French in it. Students look for the words and write them in the grid below the puzzle and then with the English translation or in their home language. This resource is free! Happy teaching and learning!
French: General lesson on the conditional
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French: General lesson on the conditional

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This lesson is designed to give a fundamental idea of how the conditional tense is formed and its use. This lesson is specifically geared towards students studying the IGCSE French programme, but it can also be used for the standard GCSE programme and good revision for AS/A2 French. I tend to use the IGCSE French grammar workbook which is what I am referring to on slide 7, but feel free to make up your own exercises or get them from a different grammar workbook. This resource is free. 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!
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!
Etre verbs - Lower level
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Etre verbs - Lower level

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Worksheet based on forming etre verbs as the auxiliary verb. Students look at the pronouns and the verbs and then write sentences in the perfect tense. They may require assistance in forming past participles before attempting this exercise. This worksheet contains support in the first few sentences and then they attempt to complete the rest of the sentences independently.
French: Tricolore 1 (5th edition) - Unit 7 end of unit test paper
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French: Tricolore 1 (5th edition) - Unit 7 end of unit test paper

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This is the seventh installment of the test papers series 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 test is as follows: Places in the town The use of ‘il y a’ Directions The verb ‘aller’ in the present tense More use of the preposition ‘à’ 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 7 students) (First form in Northern Ireland) or learners of post-Key Stage 3 age who are learning French for the first time. Pleas note that this resource is linked to the 5th Edition of the Tricolore 1 textbook and not the former ones. 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: 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!
Primary French: Months of the year
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Primary French: Months of the year

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This activity covers the months of the year in French as well as writing the dates in French. There are colouring pages for each month the child learns as well as fun activities at the back of the workbook. This resource is ideal for Key stage 2 learners. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Jouer à, jouer de, faire de (Key Stage 3)
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French: Jouer à, jouer de, faire de (Key Stage 3)

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This resource exclusively looks at the distinction between ‘jouer à’, ‘jouer de’ and ‘faire de’ and it is geared towards Key Stage 3 level or it can be great revision at GCSE/IGCSE level. Students can either become acquainted with musical instruments and sports for the very first time or consolidate their previous knowledge by looking at the vocabulary and reading the cartoons. There is a follow-up game and differentiated activities. Also attached, is a list of various sports and musical instruments. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Tricolore 1 (5th edition) - Unit 8 end of unit test paper
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French: Tricolore 1 (5th edition) - Unit 8 end of unit test paper

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This is the eighth installment of the test papers series 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 test is as follows: Time using the twelve hour clock School subjects An insight into school life in France Possessive adjectives (i.e. mon, ton, son, notre, votre, leur) The verb ‘faire’ in the present tense 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 7 students) (First form in Northern Ireland) or learners of post-Key Stage 3 age who are learning French for the first time. Pleas note that this resource is linked to the 5th Edition of the Tricolore 1 textbook and not the former ones. Happy teaching and learning!
French: General lesson on modal verbs in the present tense (pouvoir, devoir, savoir, vouloir)
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French: General lesson on modal verbs in the present tense (pouvoir, devoir, savoir, vouloir)

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This activity explicitly looks at the key modal verbs in French such as 'pouvoir', 'devoir', 'savoir' and 'vouloir' in the present tense in step by step format alongside explicit explanations of each concept. Concepts such as the use of negatives, question words and the use of 'depuis' and 'ca fait .. que' are also incorporated in this activity as they are concepts that are greatly associated with the present tense. This activity is ideal for learners of IGCSE level. There is also a colourful handout available which displays the conjugation of each verb in the present tense and a wordsearch! 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!