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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.
French: Impersonal verbs
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French: Impersonal verbs

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This resource looks at impersonal verbs and there is a story which uses them explicitly. There are follow-up activities available. This resource is geared towards learners of IGCSE level and useful to review at A-Level. Happy teaching and learning!
French:  Spot the difference - venir de + infinitive
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French: Spot the difference - venir de + infinitive

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I have designed this puzzle where students will have the opportunity to exercise the use of 'venir de' followed by an infinitive by spotting the 10 differences in picture 2. This would be ideal as a starter after having taught its concept in the previous lesson and this is geared towards students who are studying IGCSE French, A-Level French and adults who are studying French as a foreign language. There is a list of vocabulary available at the bottom of the puzzle to assist unfamiliar vocabulary. For the stronger students / gifted and talented: Try to encourage them to point out the differences using a reflexive verb as the infinitive. Students are more than welcome to come up with alternative answers to the answers I have displayed on the subsequent slide.
French for Adults: Beginners: Part 1: Greetings and definite/indefinite articles
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French for Adults: Beginners: Part 1: Greetings and definite/indefinite articles

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Preparation time: 30 minutes - 1 hour (introducing new vocabulary) Lesson length: 45 minutes - 1 hour Here is the very first 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 general greetings and introduces gender and number differentiation, which incorporates all the four keys skills such as reading, listening, speaking and writing. This resource includes the worksheet, the sound file for the listening task and the listening transcript. 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!
Etre verbs - Higher level
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Etre verbs - Higher 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.
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: 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: 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: 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!
Cambridge IGCSE French: Listening activity workbook
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Cambridge IGCSE French: Listening activity workbook

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I have developed this resource from having designed my own worksheets from the Cambridge IGCSE textbook (2015 edition) into a workbook. The listening activites follow the whole book from units 1-15 and most of them are differentiated between lower level and higher level activities, however as the book progresses, the less the lower level activites become available as I strongly encourage my students to undertake the same level of work upon entering the second year of the IGCSE programme, as the examinations are going to be at the same level. Before you purchase this resource, please note that these resources are designed from and follow the Cambridge IGCSE 2015 edition and the NOT the newest 2017 edition. Happy teaching and learning!
French: Demonstrative Adjectives
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French: Demonstrative Adjectives

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Here is a presentation of demonstrative adjectives in French and it is very useful to teach them in the context of clothes shopping. The presentation consists of consolidated activities followed by a quiz and various written activities. This activity is targeted at Key Stage 3 French and GCSE/IGCSE French. It is also useful to introduce this concept to adults who are learning French for the first time or A-level revision. The cost of this resource is ₤3. Happy teaching and learning!
The present participle
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The present participle

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This presentation gives a thorough explanation of how to form the present participle in French in a way to convey that two actions are happening at the same time. This would be ideal for students who are studying IGCSE French, A-Level French and adults who are simply studying french for the first time or revision.
French: Expressions with avoir (higher level)
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French: Expressions with avoir (higher level)

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Expressions which use 'avoir' as opposed to 'etre' according to the English equivalent can be confusing for learners of French as a foreign language. This worksheet provides an exhaustive list of such expressions, followed by step by step activities which pushes students to their potential. This is a higher level version where students are asked to translate extended sentences. This activity would be ideal for students studying the IGCSE / A-Level / IB programme.
French for Adults: Beginners: Parts 1-1 to 1-5 (Only £10!!)
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French for Adults: Beginners: Parts 1-1 to 1-5 (Only £10!!)

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This bundle allows you to purchase the following ‘French for Adults at beginner’s level’ resources for ony £8!: Part 1-1: Greetings and definite/indefinite articles Part 1-2: Numbers 1-10 and where one lives Part 1-3: Days of the week, numbers 1-21, age, birthdays Part 1-4: Numbers 1-31, birthdays and festivals and ‘de’ - possession Part 1-5: Time: On the hour and regular ‘-er’ verbs in the present tense Preparation time for each resource: 30 minutes - 1 hour (introducing new vocabulary and also the transcript for the listening activity) Lesson length: 1 hour - 1.5 hours Each resource includes the worksheet, the sound file for the listening task and the listening transcript. Happy teaching and learning!
French:  Adjectives which go before the noun
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French: Adjectives which go before the noun

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This poster displays all the adjectives which are placed before the noun. Print the document and then blow it to A3 size, laminate it and then put it up on your classroom wall or simply print it in A4 size and get the students to stick it in their exercise books.
French: Etre en train de faire quelque chose
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French: Etre en train de faire quelque chose

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Here is a useful resource which explains the concept of 'etre en train de faire quelque chose'. It starts off with some examples which fundamentally explains its significance, followed by games and drill practice. There are also some translation which students could do upon completion of practising the concept. This concept is geared towards IGCSE and A-Level French. 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!
Primary French: Numbers 1-100 (Higher level version)
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Primary French: Numbers 1-100 (Higher level version)

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Here is a workbook designed to cover numbers 1-100 using the theme of members of the family, age and birthdays! A brilliant way to revise these themes! This workbook has pages and pages of activities such as colouring in members of the family and mathematical exercises in French. This activity booklet is geared towards native speakers of French, gifted and talented students and students of a much stronger ability. The cost of this booklet is 5 pounds. Happy learning!