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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.
Cambridge IGCSE French: Listening activity workbook

Cambridge IGCSE French: Listening activity workbook

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!
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French: Verbs using avoir

French: Verbs using avoir

These resources explicitly looks at verbs using ‘avoir’. Depending on the curriculum, students at Key Stage 3 level may have an early acquaintance with these expressions and these resources specifically addresses this. The presentation looks at the verbs in the form of games and quizzes. There are differentiated accompanying workbooks which accompany the presentation. The students can colour in the pages and complete the subsequent activities. Happy teaching and learning!
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Primary French: Months of the year

Primary French: Months of the year

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!
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French: Negatives: Ne .... que

French: Negatives: Ne .... que

This resource explicitly looks at the negation ‘ne … que’. It does contain some tricky concepts, however this resource analyses those tricky concepts with interactive activities contained in this resource. This resource is geared towards learners of IGCSE French and it is very useful revision for learners if A-Level French. Happy teaching and learning!
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French: Indirect object pronouns - lui and leur (present tense only)

French: Indirect object pronouns - lui and leur (present tense only)

This powerpoint provides explicit instructions on the function of the indirect object pronouns for ‘lui’ and ‘leur’ in the present tense, as well as how they are structured in sentences. There are also many follow up activities in order to reinforce learning. This activity is geared towards students of Key Stage 3, IGCSE level and it is also good revision for A-Level French. Happy teaching and learning!
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French: Negatives: Ne .... ni .... ni

French: Negatives: Ne .... ni .... ni

This powerpoint explicitly outlines the function of ‘ne … ni … ni’ and other uses of this concept. There are good examples demonstrated in this presentation with follow up differentiated activities and also revises previously learnt negatives in French. This is ideal for learners of IGCSE French and AS/A2 level French. Happy teaching and learning!
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French: Negatives: Ne .... nulle part

French: Negatives: Ne .... nulle part

This powerpoint explicitly outlines the function of ‘ne … nulle part’ and other uses of this concept. There are good examples demonstrated in this presentation with follow up differentiated activities and also revises previously learnt negatives in French. This is ideal for learners of IGCSE French and AS/A2 level French. Happy teaching and learning!
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French: The subjunctive in a nutshell - Part 2: regular '-ir' verbs with obligation and desire

French: The subjunctive in a nutshell - Part 2: regular '-ir' verbs with obligation and desire

Here is the second installment of the subjunctive. As you know, mastering the subjunctive is tricky business and it is more geared towards A-Level French. This activity basically describes more functions of the subjunctive in a nutshell in terms of obligation and desire and it contains step by step methods as to how to form it. Part 2 solely focuses on how to form regular ‘-ir’ verbs in the subjunctive mood. Keep an eye out for the sequels to the other functions of the subjunctive. I still have to put them up. Happy teaching and learning!
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French for Adults: Advanced:Part 1: Subjunctive (avoir & être) in the theme of Jeanne Louise Calment

French for Adults: Advanced:Part 1: Subjunctive (avoir & être) in the theme of Jeanne Louise Calment

Welcome to the first installment of the advanced series for adults who are studying French, published by Palmer Language Services. At this level, students are beginning to adopt a more independent approach in their studies and tend to evade from the use of their mother-tongue language influence, thus the use of extracting material from texts. This resource extensively explores the unique life and story of Jeanne Louise Calment who lived to an incredible age of 122 years and 164 days and she was only verified human being to have lived to such an age. She also outlived both her daughter and grandson by several decades. The introduction of the subjunctive, using the verbs ‘avoir’ and ‘être’ are also incorporated in this activity, in addition to using them as auxiliary verbs when the perfect subjunctive is formed. Initially, before reading the text, students should be asked in French if they have any knowledge about Jeanne Calment and if so, what do they know about her. Students should then read the text out loud and then complete the subsequent activities which follow. This resource also incorporates all four key skills such as listening, reading, writing and speaking, in addition to an array of grammar activities. The good news is that you don’t have any particular need to make any preparatory planning, prior to teaching this topic as all the material contained is self-explanatory, which will enable the students to think for themselves. The contents of this resource are as follows: The worksheet activities Sound file for the listening activity The transcript for the listening activity Happy teaching and learning!
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French for Adults: Beginners: Part 7: Time: Half past the hour and regular '-re' verbs

French for Adults: Beginners: Part 7: Time: Half past the hour and regular '-re' verbs

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 7th 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 time only from the hour to half past the hour and it also incorporates regular verbs ending in ‘-re’ in the present tense. 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!
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French: Numbers 1-100

French: Numbers 1-100

This powerpoint looks at numbers from 1-100 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 looking at birthday presents and how much they cost using euros and cents. In addition, differentiated-levels of a numbers workbook is attached with this powerpoint which also looks at numbers 1-100. This resource can be geared to learners of Key Stage 2 and 3 level. I have also included a picture pairs pack of different levels which you can print and laminate! Happy teaching and learning!
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French: 'Quand' and 'a quelle heure'

French: 'Quand' and 'a quelle heure'

This resource looks at the distinction between when we use the question words ‘quand’ and ‘a quelle heure’. Students read the story and then complete a quiz on the story in order to demonstrate comprehension. There are also follow-up activities. This resource is geared towards learners of Key Stage 3 and 4 level. Happy teaching and learning!
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French for Adults: Beginners: Parts 1-1 to 1-5 (Only £8!!)

French for Adults: Beginners: Parts 1-1 to 1-5 (Only £8!!)

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!
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Primary Japanese: Numbers 1-10

Primary Japanese: Numbers 1-10

This resource explicitly looks at the numbers from 1-10 in Japanese. It is primarily geared towards Key Stage 1 students (Years 1 and 2 in the Mainland UK, P1 -P3 in Northern Ireland), but it can be used for Key Stage 2 students (Years 3-6 in the Mainland UK, P4 - P7 in Northern Ireland) as well who are becoming acquainted with Japanese for the very first time. This resource explores at the stroke order of the written script and there are pages if colouring and Japanese arithmetic which greatly reinforces the learning of previous numbers! Happy teaching and learning!
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French for Adults: Beginners: Part 6: Time: Quarter past the hour and regular '-ir' verbs

French for Adults: Beginners: Part 6: Time: Quarter past the hour and regular '-ir' verbs

Preparation time: 30 minutes - 1 hour (introducing new vocabulary and also the transcript for the listening activity) Lesson length: 1.5 hours - 2 hours Here is the 6th 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 time only from the hour to a quarter past the hour and it also incorporates regular verbs ending in ‘-ir’ in the present tense. This resource also incorporates all the four keys skills such as reading, listening, speaking and writing. I am not sure how to upload sound files on this system, however, I have attached the transcript and you can read it out to your students. Alternatively, if you private message me at , I will send you the sound file. Happy teaching and learning!
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Primary Mandarin: Numbers: 1-5

Primary Mandarin: Numbers: 1-5

These resources individually looks at each number in Chinese for numbers 1-5. Each booklet instructs the student how to write each number according to the stroke order and there are also colouring pages for child to colour in and numbers 2-5 reinforces previously learnt numbers. These resources are designed for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2 {P1 - P3 in Northern Ireland} learners, however they can be used for Key Stage 2 {P4 - P7 in Northern Ireland} learners who are learning Mandarin for the very first time. Because Key Stage 1 learners are so very young, and due to Mandarin’s existing complexity, my advice is to introduce each number for each lesson. For example, one lesson, they complete workbook 1 and then the next lesson, complete workbook 2 and so on. Happy teaching and learning!
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Primary Mandarin: Numbers 1-10

Primary Mandarin: Numbers 1-10

These resources individually looks at each number in Chinese for numbers 1-10. Each booklet instructs the student how to write each number according to the stroke order and there are also colouring pages for child to colour in and numbers 2-10 reinforces previously learnt numbers. These resources are designed for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2 {P1 - P3 in Northern Ireland} learners, however they can be used for Key Stage 2 {P4 - P7 in Northern Ireland} learners who are learning Mandarin for the very first time. Because Key Stage 1 learners are so very young, and due to Mandarin’s existing complexity, my advice is to introduce each number for each lesson. For example, one lesson, they complete workbook 1 and then the next lesson, complete workbook 2 and so on. Happy teaching and learning!
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IGCSE French:  Food - All 9 different themed workbooks for ₤15

IGCSE French: Food - All 9 different themed workbooks for ₤15

I am offering all 9 of the IGCSE Food workbooks for just ₤15, which is a saving of ₤12! These workbooks are designed for students who are studying food at IGCSE French level. The nine themes are as follows: Part 1 - Fruit Part 2 - Vegetables Part 3 - Meat Part 4 - Fish Part 5 - At the delicatessen Part 6 - At the bakery Part 7 - Drinks Part 8 - Breakfast Part 9 - Traditional French cuisine Happy teaching and learning
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IGCSE French: Food and drink (Part 9): Traditional French cuisine

IGCSE French: Food and drink (Part 9): Traditional French cuisine

It would be useful if students who are studying the IGCSE French course become acquainted with traditional French cuisine. A good way to introduce such vocabulary is to organise a gastronomical session where the students can sample different cuisines, if a Food and Technology permits in your school (depending, of course, on which country you are in, as some ingredients may be restricted in certain countries). Here are some activities tailored to students of IGCSE level which includes listening and reading comprehension. There is also a listening transcript which you can read out while the students are completing the listening activity. Happy teaching and learning!
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