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Maison Claire Fontaine

We are a French language centre for UK schools based in Burgundy, France. We specialise in creating amazing French experiences for all the young people who visit us with the aim of inspiring the next generation of enthusiastic French language ambassadors. During the coronovirus crisis we decided to use the time to create some resources that we hope will provide students with a real flavour of life in rural France whilst everyone is unable to travel.

We are a French language centre for UK schools based in Burgundy, France. We specialise in creating amazing French experiences for all the young people who visit us with the aim of inspiring the next generation of enthusiastic French language ambassadors. During the coronovirus crisis we decided to use the time to create some resources that we hope will provide students with a real flavour of life in rural France whilst everyone is unable to travel.
Au supermarché
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Au supermarché

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This resource is a link to a YouTube video / listening resource about a visit to ‘le supermarché’. Manon and Léa take you to their local supermarket to buy the ingredients for a local Burgundy cake called a tartouillat. Supporting materials include a transcript of the video, a set of activity worksheets to download and an online quiz. The link to the online quiz is in the description of the video on YouTube. Documents are available in WORD and PDF formats. Maison Claire Fontaine is a language and activity centre based near the town of Avallon in the beautiful hamlet of Méluzien. In normal times we welcome UK schools for French immersion experiences. We have created these resources for free during the COVID crisis as we would love a small part of Burgundy to still reach young people in the UK whilst travel is not possible. All that we ask is that if you like it to share our resources widely with other teachers. We would also be very grateful if you could leave us some feedback. For further information about Maison Claire Fontaine please visit our website at : www.maisonclairefontaine.com. Thank you !
La gare d'Avallon - une petite gare bourguignonne
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La gare d'Avallon - une petite gare bourguignonne

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This resource is a link to a YouTube video visit to ‘la gare d’Avallon’, a typically French train station in rural Burgundy. Johann is a native French speaker and introduces French vocabulary for the station and train travel. It is targeted at key stage 3 but can be useful at all key stages. Supporting materials include a transcription of the video, set of activity worksheets to download and an online quiz. The link to the online quiz is in the description of the video on YouTube. Maison Claire Fontaine is a language and activity centre based near the town of Avallon in the beautiful hamlet of Méluzien. In normal times we welcome UK schools for French immersion experiences. We have created these resources for free during the COVID crisis as we would love a small part of Burgundy to still reach young people in the UK whilst travel is not possible. All that we ask is that if you like it to share our resources widely with other teachers. We would also be very grateful if you could leave us some feedback. For further information about Maison Claire Fontaine please visit our website at : www.maisonclairefontaine.com. Thank you !
KS4 French Listening Higher - A la découverte de Vézelay
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KS4 French Listening Higher - A la découverte de Vézelay

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A la découverte de Vézelay takes the listener on a tour of the magnificent medieval village of Vézelay in the heart of Burgundy. A typical example of Burgundian patriomoine. On the edge of Avallonais, Vezelay is a major site for Christianity. The beautiful Church situated on a hill at the top of the charming village was granted the title of Basilica by the Holy See in 1920 and is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen whose relics are displayed for veneration in the crypt. It was named as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 and provides one of the 4 starting points in France for the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Thomas Beckett chose Vezelay for his Whitsunday sermon in 1166, announcing the excommunication of the main supporters of Henry II and threatening the King with excommunication too. This resource includes a link to the video to accompany the commentary, a set of GCSE style questions and a full French transcript. Ideal for GCSE Higher listening practice Maison Claire Fontaine is a French language immersion and activity centre for UK school children based in the beautiful Burgundian countryside. We have been producing these videos during the coronovirus to hopefully provide the opportunity for a bit of Burgundy to find its way to UK school children whilst they cannot travel to Burgundy themselves. We offer all these resources for free. However, if you have found them useful we would be enormously grateful if you could share them with others as well as promote our online French lessons and conversation classes to your pupils, fellow teachers and parents. Our teachers would love to hear from anyone who would like to improve their own French speaking with fun, enthusiastic and experienced French native speakers based here in Burgundy. We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you on our email : maisoncfontaine@gmail.com. A HUGE thank you for your help.
KS5 French Listening - Le Patrimoine Dijon
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KS5 French Listening - Le Patrimoine Dijon

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This KS5 French listening exercise is ideal for Le Patrimoine unit. ’Dijon, une ville fière de son patrimoine’, takes the listener on a visit to the capital of Burgundy and the home of the Dukes of Burgundy. Steeped in history and full of examples of different architechtural styles from many of the main periods of the past millenium, the centre of the town has been registered as a UNESCO world heritage site since July 2015. Accompanying the YouTube video this resource includes a full transcript of the audio, a sheet of key words and a set of questions with answers. Maison Claire Fontaine is a French language immersion and activity centre for UK school children based in the beautiful Burgundian countryside. We have been producing these videos during the coronovirus to hopefully provide the opportunity for a bit of Burgundy to find its way to UK school children whilst they cannot travel to Burgundy themselves. We offer all these resources for free. However, if you have found them useful we would be enormously grateful if you could share them with others as well as promote our online French lessons and conversation classes to your pupils, fellow teachers and parents. Our teachers would love to hear from anyone who would like to improve their own French speaking with fun, enthusiastic and experienced French native speakers based here in Burgundy. We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you on our email : maisoncfontaine@gmail.com. A HUGE thank you for your help.
KS5 French Listening - Le Patrimoine Vézelay
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KS5 French Listening - Le Patrimoine Vézelay

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This KS5 French listening exercise is ideal for Le Patrimoine unit. ’Vézelay, un bijou perché au sommet de sa colline’, takes the listener on a visit to the medieval town of Vézelay in the department of Yonne in Burgundy. On the edge of Avallonais, Vézelay is a major site for Christianity. The beautiful Church situated on a hill at the top of a charming village was granted the title of Basilica by the Holy See in 1920 and is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen whose relics are displayed for veneration in the crypt. It was named as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 and provides one of the 4 starting points in France for the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Thomas Beckett chose Vézelay for his Whitsunday sermon in 1166, announcing the excommunication of the main supporters of Henry II and threatening the King with excommunication too. Accompanying the YouTube video this resource includes a full transcript of the audio, and some exam style questions. Maison Claire Fontaine is a French language immersion and activity centre for UK school children based in the beautiful Burgundian countryside. We have been producing these videos during the coronovirus to hopefully provide the opportunity for a bit of Burgundy to find its way to UK school children whilst they cannot travel to Burgundy themselves. We offer all these resources for free. However, if you have found them useful we would be enormously grateful if you could share them with others as well as promote our online French lessons and conversation classes to your pupils, fellow teachers and parents. Our teachers would love to hear from anyone who would like to improve their own French speaking with fun, enthusiastic and experienced French native speakers based here in Burgundy. We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you on our email : maisoncfontaine@gmail.com. A HUGE thank you for your help.
La gastronomie bourguignonne
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La gastronomie bourguignonne

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Food plays a very important part in French life here in Burgundy a region particularly famous across all of France and indeed worldwide for its fine food and wines. Avallon is a medieval market town situated in a very rural part of La France Profond . The Saturday morning market dating back centuries still provides locals with the majority of their weekly shopping needs. It still remains a core part of the rhythm of life in the town. In this video we talk to market sellers and one of the 5 independent bakers in the centre of town to find out what Burgundians feel about ‘la gastronomie bourguignonne’ and how important it is to them. Accompanying the YouTube video this resource includes a full transcript of the audio, a sheet of key words and a set of multiple choice quiz questions. Within the description of the YouTube video there is also a link to an interactive version of the quiz. Maison Claire Fontaine is a French language immersion and activity centre for UK school children based in the beautiful Burgundian countryside. We have been producing these videos during the pandemic to hopefully provide the opportunity for a bit of Burgundy to find its way to UK school children whilst they cannot travel to Burgundy themselves. We offer all of these resources for free but of course hope that they might inspire you to find out more about us and perhaps even consider a trip to us at some point in the future. We all hope to be able to once again provide travel opportunities for children and create those lifelong memories that they have so sadly missed out on in recent times. We would also ask that if you have found them useful you could share them with others as well as promote our online French lessons and conversation classes to your pupils, fellow teachers and parents. Our teachers would love to hear from anyone who would like to improve their own French speaking with fun, enthusiastic and experienced French native speakers based here in Burgundy. We value your feedback and would also welcome any other ideas you might have for resources that we could look to create that you would find useful. We look forward to hearing from you but in the meantime enjoy a little glimpse into our life here. A HUGE thank you for your help. Alex, Mark and The Maison Claire Fontaine Team To contact us simply use our email : maisoncfontaine@gmail.com.
À la pharmacie
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À la pharmacie

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This resource is a link to a YouTube video / listening resource about a visit to ‘la pharmacie’. Manon and Léa take you to their local pharmacy to buy some medication for a sore throat and headache as well as some plasters to dress the cut on Manon’s finger. The video introduces all the key vocabulary for a visit to a French pharmacie. Supporting materials for download include a transcript of the video, a gap fill exercise, a matching game and a wordsearch. All the downloads are in a PDF format but please feel free to contact us on the email given if you would like an editable WORD format. Maison Claire Fontaine is a French language immersion and activity centre for UK school children based in the beautiful Burgundian countryside. We have been producing these videos during the pandemic to hopefully provide the opportunity for a bit of Burgundy to find its way to UK school children whilst they cannot travel to Burgundy themselves. We offer all of these resources for free but of course hope that they might inspire you to find out more about us and perhaps even consider a trip to us at some point in the future. We all hope to be able to once again provide travel opportunities for children and create those lifelong memories that they have so sadly missed out on in recent times. We would also ask that if you have found them useful you could share them with others as well as promote our online French lessons and conversation classes to your pupils, fellow teachers and parents. Our teachers would love to hear from anyone who would like to improve their own French speaking with fun, enthusiastic and experienced French native speakers based here in Burgundy. We value your feedback and would also welcome any other ideas you might have for resources that we could look to create that you would find useful. We look forward to hearing from you but in the meantime enjoy a little glimpse into our life here. A HUGE thank you for your help. Alex, Mark and The Maison Claire Fontaine Team