A 4 page pdf document based on the ‘journal intime’/French diary writing. This writing task comes up in Irish Leaving Cert Exams, (OL and HL). This handout introduces students to the diary and lays out some useful phrases which can be used in most diaries e.g. Beginnings, endings, positive feelings, negative feelings and extra vocab. Also includes a note on examiner’s report (2016).
An introduction and guide to the Higher Level Leaving Certificate Comprehensions. Double sided Word document. Includes key question words, hints & tips for approaching the comprehensions and guidance on the ‘trouvez dans le texte’ question where students are asked to find a certain type of word in the text.
A worksheet based on Belgian singer/songwriter Angele.
The worksheet begins with a short comprehension followed by English questions. This gives an overview of her life and how she got into music.
Second exercise is based on her song ‘Tout Oublier’. Students must watch the music video and put the images from the video in the correct order.
Finally, there are selected words from the lyrics of the song and students must catagorize the words e.g. an adverb, a past participle, an infinitive verb etc…
I use this resource with my TY classes as Angele is very current. Beware… Some of her music is explicit! Song chosen is OK for class.
For more worksheets and activities on French music and film, see My Shop
An 11 slide ppt on the Rugby World Cup (in French). Suitable for a strong 3rd year/Junior cycle class, TY or 5th year group. Includes a flag activity, vocab activity and short comprehension/fact-file activity. Takes approximately a one hour class to complete.
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Complete vocabulary booklet for ordinary level senior students.
Easy to use and well structured. It has 31 pages in total. All topics needed for the Leaving Cert are covered, from basics like the days of the week, food, directions, pastimes, holidays and animals etc… to more difficult topics like social problems.
Each unit of vocab is presented in a grid over one /two pages. The French words are written in and there is room for the student to write in the English translation. Also includes a full page of useful verbs in the first person ‘je’ in the present, past and future tense.
The pages are numbered for easy direction in class.
*For a vocab booklet for Junior Cycle students or for a booklet with French and English words written in, see ‘My Shop’.
4 very useful handouts for Junior ~Cert students of both OL and HL. A comprehensive grid with the most common and useful verbs in the first person (present, past and future tense), an introduction to French letter writing, a handout based on the postcard and a final handout based on note writing. Everything a JC student needs for the written section of the exam!
A 27 slide PPT on Francophone countries and French in the world. Here I’ve pieced together some stuff I’ve gotten for free on TES with some of my own stuff to make a short unit suitable for my Transition Year class.
Can be used as a whole lesson/set of lessons on ‘La Francophonie’. Includes hyperlinks to two YouTube clips on which two tasks are based. Also includes other short activities to keep the students engaged.
A lesson on smoking and vaping amongst young people, aimed at higher level, Leaving Cert students.
The first document is a sentence builder worksheet. I ask students to work together to translate the key vocab (dictionaries are available to them for this if required). I then mix up the student pairings so that everyone is working with someone new, and ask the students to categorise the vocab into nouns, verbs and adjectives (this helps to prepare them for the ‘trouvez dans le texte’ questions often seen in the comprehensions in LC exams). Once the words have been translated, categorised and corrected, students work alone to translate the sentences on the worksheet from French to English. These sentences can then be used in an opinion piece on this topic.
The second document is a text which can be used to further build and enrich vocab, can be used as a reading activity, or as a comprehension. Useful vocab and expressions can be identified and copied into a notes copy or added to the first worksheet for future use in opinion pieces.
I find these activities really useful for preparing students for opinion questions or oral questions on these themes.
Differentiation can be facilitated through the student pairings.
For more Higher Level Leaving Cert French resources, see ‘My Shop’.
A short 9 slide PPT explaining articles; The definite article, the indefinite article and the partitive article. Can be used to initially introduce the basic articles or can be used with an older class to revise.
Five resources based on francophone artist Stromae. I use these resources in my Transition Year module and also with my ordinary level leaving cert classes.
First is a worksheet and youtube link. Students watch an interview (in English) with Stromae and must note in English as many interesting points as they can. They then have to use the facts/info to make 8 sentences in French about Stromae (can be done individually or as a pair activity a good opportunity to use dictionaries).
Listening activity in the form of a gapfill exercise using the lyrics of ‘Formidable’. A word bank can be given to facilitate differentiation if needed.
The next activity and worksheet are based on the song Papaoutai. Firstly, there is a listening activity where the lyrics (printed in the larger font) are laminated and cut up into small chunks of text. Students work together in groups to listen to the song and re-order the lyrics correctly. This listening task is followed with the worksheet which takes a closer look at the lyrics. Students are asked to find different types of words/grammar in the text (e.g. an infinitive verb, an adverb etc…), then have to catagorize positive and negative adjectives and finally have to translate some potentially new words from the lyrics.
There are two lyric sheets here for both of the songs mentioned about that can be used for a sing-a-long class activity (Students love it!) .
Final worksheet is adapted from an authentic text (le Figaro) and is a quickfire interview with the artist. Accompanied by English comprehension questions.
Papaoutai resource can be purhcased separately from My Shop
A 4 page word doc based around school rules. Aimed at Leaving Cert Students. Introduces key vocab in a translation activity, then has a sentence builder activity, followed by an exercise in translating full sentences, and finally some discussion points. I got my class working on this in pairs and set a timer for each activity.
A 35 slide PPT based on Migration - highlights key terms . Includes some embedded video clips and has student activity slides, including a ‘watch and learn’ activity, a numeracy activity and prompts for a walking debate. Also includes some sample exam questions.
A full unit of work.
Based on Junior Cycle Geography Course (Ireland) but can be easily amended to suit your own curriculum.
A word document which contains key phrases for the French Letter (Junior Cert standard). Phrases are under headings e.g. family, friends, the weekend, pastimes etc... so that they are easy to find. English and French are used for each phrase. This is a go-to handout for students when writing French letters and should cover the majority of content needed for Higher level and ordinary level. Could also be used to prep students for their oral exam as it covers most topics that come
Up in the oral.
Also attached is a short PPT to introduce the letter to higher level students. I print this out afterwards and give it to the students as additional notes.
For an introduction to letter writing for younger students, see 'my shop'.
An activity and worksheet based on Stromae’s song Papaoutai.
Firstly, there is a listening activity where the lyrics are laminated and cut up into small chunks of text. Students work together in groups to listen to the song and re-order the lyrics correctly. Differentiation can be facilitated through the specific creation of groups here. Usually students need to here the song twice but of course, it can be played again if needed.
This listening task is followed with the worksheet which takes a closer look at the lyrics. Students are asked to find different types of words/grammar in the text (e.g. an infinitive verb, an adverb, a possessive adjective etc…), then have to catagorize positive and negative adjectives and finally have to translate some potentially new words from the lyrics.
The lyrics are also attached so that students have a copy each to analyze but the laminated lyrics can also be used and worksheet can be completed in a group.
For a complete study on Stromae with five separate activities/resources, see My Shop
A complete study of Primary Economic Activities for the new Junior Cycle.
An introduction to Primary Economic Activities for Junior Students. 7 slide PPT. Includes key terms, learning intentions, some short questions, images, HW and to-do slides.
A 33 slide PPT on the Water Cycle (can also be adapted for Senior Cycle geog). Includes key terms, learning intentions, images, hyperlink to video clips and a ‘water cycle’ song on Youtube.
A 16 slide PPT on a major irrigation scheme (The Aswan Dam). Includes key terms, learning intentions, images, YouTube clip (via hyperlink) and debate thoughts.
A 17 slide PPT on fishing including reasons for overfishing and ending overfishing. Includes key terms, learning intentions, images, YouTube clip (via hyperlink) and to-do slide.
A 25 slide PPT on farming, discussing inputs, processes, outputs, types of farms, problems with agriculture, sustainable farming, CAP etc… Includes key terms, learning intentions, images, YouTube clips (via hyperlink), activity slide (see next resource) and to-do slides.
Inputs, outputs and processes to print/laminate for class activity mentioned in above PPT. Students work in groups to categorise the inputs/processes/outputs and primary economic activity jobs.
A 27 slide PPT on forestry. Includes key terms, learning intentions, images, an embedded clip from National Geographic, to-do slides and plenty of summary questions.
All HW/Activity/To-do slides refer to the ‘Geography in Action’ textbook and workbook/portfolio book. These can easily be adapted to suit your own textbook.
To access hyperlinks, ensure you are in ‘slideshow view’ and click on the title of the slide - the cursor arrow should change to a little hand. This will bring you to Youtube.
3 word documents based on ‘En ville’ - Places in the town.
A notes handout which revises the use of the preposition ‘a’ in French with the definite article. This reminds the students how to use the verb ‘aller’ with place names.
A simple worksheet based on some places in the town - word translation, sentence translation and writing task.
A second worksheet which gives students a description in French and the students must choose a place name from the word bank that best suits the description.
Suitable for junior French students as an introduction to the topic.
*For a PPT useful for presenting this vocab, see ‘My Shop’. This PPT has many place names along with a photo. This can be used to present the vocab and also to asses knowledge of the vocab.
A notes handout based on the post card. Aimed at ordinary level leaving cert students. Includes lots of useful phrases for all aspects of postcard - when/how you arrived, weather, accommodation, food, feelings, activities etc…
Activities are set out under three headings - Present, Past and Future.
There is also a sample postcard.
For a similar but less detailed handout on the postcard for Junior Cert students, see My Shop.
A full lesson on the housing crisis - mentions Ireland in the piece, but can easily be adapted to suit your location.
Has a list of key words/verbs/expressions that students must translate and classify (noun/verb/adjective etc…) and a gapfill exercise in response to an opinion-style question on the housing crisis. Once completed and corrected, this can serve as a sample answer for students.