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I’m Rachel and I've been teaching for 18 years! I first taught English (TEFL) in Japan and Madrid and then taught French and Spanish in Surrey. I subsequently worked in a UK curriculum school in sunny Dubai. I have now relocated to the UK and have a gorgeous baby daughter! I have a learning-centred approach and encourage my students to be active and reflective learners. I really enjoy the creative process of making PowerPoints and worksheets and hope you enjoy using them!

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I’m Rachel and I've been teaching for 18 years! I first taught English (TEFL) in Japan and Madrid and then taught French and Spanish in Surrey. I subsequently worked in a UK curriculum school in sunny Dubai. I have now relocated to the UK and have a gorgeous baby daughter! I have a learning-centred approach and encourage my students to be active and reflective learners. I really enjoy the creative process of making PowerPoints and worksheets and hope you enjoy using them!
French Teaching Resources. Odd One Out Adjectives Warmer/ Starter Activity.
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French Teaching Resources. Odd One Out Adjectives Warmer/ Starter Activity.

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For this 15 minute warmer/ starter activity I give the students a mini-whiteboard and give them 15-20 seconds to identify the odd-one out. I use this at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year for revision. It is possible that the students can come up with other possible answers and I enjoy challenging them to think outside the box! I just use the second slide, but you could use the first slide and ask the students to figure out the odd-one-out for all the phrases in teams. Adjectives, the odd-one-out and rules covered: beau mauvais gentil intéressant intéressant follows the noun ! jeune allemand vieux nouveau allemand follows the noun ! grande petite rouge importante rouge, because the others are made feminine by adding an “e”, rouge already has one! marron bleu olive bleu-clair bleu because the other adjectives are invariable as they are both nouns and adjectives or are hyphenated. fraîche verte fausse blanche verte is not an irregular feminine form i.e. it follows a pattern the others don’t : frais – fraîche, faux – fausse, blanc –blanche meilleur ancien cher propre meilleur because the others have one meaning if they are placed before the noun and another if they are after it. Ancien = former/ old, cher = dear (beloved)/ expensive, propre = own/ clean
Welcome Back / Return to School Motivational Assembly / Tutor Time/ Form Time/ PSHE
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Welcome Back / Return to School Motivational Assembly / Tutor Time/ Form Time/ PSHE

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This 20 slide PowerPoint presentation can be used for an assembly, for form time, tutor time or PSHE on the first day or week of school. The aim is to help students to consider how lucky they are to have an education and to be inspired to set themselves goals and targets for the academic year. It is full of colourful pictures and animations to hopefully grab the attention of the sleepiest of students! It can be simply shown with very little commentary or can be used for detailed discussion as you wish. The first slide says Welcome to Year *! (you need to fill in the year group!) The second slide asks How were you feeling this morning? And gives various options: Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else? This can be used as an opportunity for pair, group or class discussion. Slide 3 says: Here are some other classes starting the school year around the world…. Slides 4 – 8 show classes around the world such as: “Nguyen Thi Phuong teaches a class in Van Chai, Vietnam without books or electricity”, and “Syrian refugee students at one of the Unicef schools at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, near the border with Syria.” These slides can be used to elicit the student’s observations about the lives and education of these students and as an opportunity for pair, group or class discussion. Slide 9 then repeats slide 2: Asking How do you feel now? And gives various options: Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else? Slide 10 asks What was the best thing you did this summer? Slide 11 states Maybe you did something extraordinary….. and shows pictures of various Olympians from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Slide 11 continues the theme of doing something extraordinary and shows a picture and brief description of the amazing Malala Yousafzai who was targeted by Taliban gunmen in 2012 for expressing her views on education. Slide 13 asks: Will you do something extraordinary this year? What goals will you aim for? Slide 14 – 17 give suggestions e.g Maybe a physical challenge? Make the football team, Run 5K, Learn a new sport, Start training for Tokyo 2020! Beat my swimming PB & Exercise every day. The other challenges are Creative, Academic and Something Else e.g. volunteer, raise money for charity… Slide 18 says Picture yourself achieving your goal. How does it make you feel? And gives various options: Sleepy, sad, scared, lucky, inspired, happy, fed up, grumpy, excited, nervous, positive. Or maybe something else? Slide 19 has the brilliant Nelson Mandela quotation: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Finally slide 20 says Have a great school year! Enjoy!
French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint Presentation: Sports
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French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint Presentation: Sports

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Expressions: Le football. Le tennis. Le rugby. Le ping-pong. Le surf. La voile. La natation. Le vélo. Le skate. Le patinage. L’équitation. The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class. The next slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "what's missing?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If its the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins!
French Teaching Resources Classroom Instructions PowerPoint & Fanfold.
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French Teaching Resources Classroom Instructions PowerPoint & Fanfold.

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The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class. Phrases: Asseyez-vous. Levez-vous. Levez la main. Travaillez avec votre partenaire. Prenez un stylo. Ouvrez les cahiers. Pour les devoirs…. Écrivez. Lisez. Parlez. Écoutez. Rangez vos affaires. The next slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "what's missing?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If it’s the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins! There is also a fanfold to help the students to learn the phrases. They fold over the sheet of paper so they can only see the English and try to write the French. They then open up the sheet and make any corrections. Then they fold over the sheet of paper so they can only see the French and try to write the English. They then open up the sheet and make any corrections. They continue writing and folding until they have filled in the whole sheet. By this time they have hopefully memorised all the phrases!
French Teaching Resources School Buildings and Facilities PowerPoints and Worksheet.
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French Teaching Resources School Buildings and Facilities PowerPoints and Worksheet.

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The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class. Mon école est vieille/ moderne. C’est une école mixte. Il y a 2500 élèves. Il y a soixante salles. Il y a une bibliothèque. Il y a une cantine. Il y a un centre sportif. Il y a dix labos. Il y a un terrain de sport. Il y a douze salles d’informatique. The next slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have “either **** or ****?” questions. Then there are "what's missing?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If its the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins! The worksheet have a French to English match up of the new expressions. This is followed by a gap-fill where the words needed to fill in the gaps are jumbled up in brackets after the gaps (except for the school name). E.g. Mon école ____________ (aes’plple) __________________________. C’est une _________ (iieellv) école mixte près du centre-ville. ______ (y il a) environ deux mille cinq cents ________ (éèlevs) Then there is a further gap-fill which covers related topics about favourite subject, the school day etc.E.g. Some : Remplissez les blancs: L’école commence à ____________ (ithu hseeur) et demie. Chaque cours dure ______ (nue) heure. J’apprends treize ____________ (esmèrtia). J’adore ________ (sanlg’lai) car c’est ______ (rstè) intéressant, mais nous avons beaucoup de _________ (irdeovs). The final extension task is to: Écrivez 7 questions difficiles sur les textes! There is also a 4 slide PowerPoint with the answers.
French Teaching Resources Colours Worksheet
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French Teaching Resources Colours Worksheet

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This worksheet is accompanied by a PowerPoint so students can speedily mark their work! All: The first sections asks students to write in the English for the following colours: Jaune Bleu/ bleue Blanc/ Blanche Gris/ Grise Marron/ brun/ brune Noir/ noire Rouge Vert/ verte Orange Violet/ violette Rose They then complete the little colour-by-numbers activity. The students answer the following questions in their own words: Colours are adjectives (describing words). Why there are sometimes 2 ways to say a colour e.g. noir, noire? ________________________________________________________________ Why is there sometimes only 1 way e.g. rouge? ________________________________________________________________ Which colours are irregular and do not follow either pattern? ________________________________________________________________ Most: There is a divide the words activity – drawing lines between the individual colours. Rougevertjaunebleuroseorangenoirblancbrunmarronviolet Then there are 4 unjumbling questions e.g. 1. terv = _________ 2. lebu = _________ Then there are 4 colour combining questions e.g. 1. rouge + blanc = _________ 2. bleu + jaune = __________ Some: Combines colours and classroom objects with a gap-fill of 8 questions e.g. Une trousse bl_________ Un crayon ro_________ U___ li_______ bl_________ U____ cahier ma_________
French Teaching Resources. Matching Cards: Conjunctions + The Subjunctive & Emotions Dominoes
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French Teaching Resources. Matching Cards: Conjunctions + The Subjunctive & Emotions Dominoes

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I use these English - French matching cards to revise key conjunctions which take the Subjunctive. Expressions on cards: Pour que/ afin que/ de façon que/ de manière que/ de sorte que À moins que…ne À condition que/ Pourvu que Avant que…ne En attendant que/ jusqu’à ce que Bien que/ quoique Non que Ce n’est pas que De crainte que…ne… De peur que…ne… Sans que You may choose to have different levels of challenge. For example, Level 1 = match the cards and discuss the pronunciation. Level 2 = match the cards , discuss the pronunciation and then have quick fire questions from French to English, whereby 1 student closes their eyes and their partner reads out the French cards which the student must translate into English from memory. Level 3 = As Level 2 but the quick fire questions are from English to French. Following checking there are 2 fun games to play, either pelmenism or slap the card. I use these English - French dominoes to revise expressions of emotion and the subjunctive. Expressions: Je suis surpris qu’elle ne fasse qu'un minimum de travail en ce moment. 1. My mother is very happy that you have settled well into your new house. Ma mère est très contente que vous soyez si bien installé dans votre nouvelle maison. We are happy that the weather is fine today. Nous sommes heureux qu’il fasse beau aujourd’hui. I am afraid that she isn’t happy. J'ai peur qu'elle ne soit pas contente. He is sorry that you didn’t pass the exam. Il est désolé que tu n'aies pas réussi à l'examen. I am sorry that we are not going to France this year. Je regrette que nous n'allions pas en France cette année. They are afraid that the situation is getting worse. Ils craignent que la situation s'empire. Are you sad that the neighbours have to move? Es-tu triste que les voisins doivent déménager? It’s a shame that she didn’t say anything to you. C’est dommage qu’elle ne t’ait rien dit I would rather that we go to Spain this summer. Je préfère que nous allions en Espagne cet été. He is glad that you can come and visit us. Il aime que tu puisses venir nous rendre visite. We are surprised that he didn’t visit us. Nous sommes surpris qu’il ne soit pas venu nous rendre visite. I am surprised that she is only doing a minimum amount of work at the moment. You may choose to have different levels of challenge and games as listed above for the matching cards.
French Teaching Resources. Cyrano De Bergerac Vocabulary Booklet.
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French Teaching Resources. Cyrano De Bergerac Vocabulary Booklet.

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I created this 23 page French - English vocabulary booklet to support my students in their studies of the play Cyrano De Bergerac. It was a real labour of love and took hours and hours to create. I hope you find it useful! Examples: Acte 1 L’action = the setting Un hangar = shed, hangar Jeu de paume = real tennis * Real tennis is the original racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis, or tennis, is descended. It is also known as jeu de paume in France, "court tennis" in the United States. Jeu de paume in the 17th century. Représentations = theatrical performances. Embelli = made prettier, beautified Aménagé = converted, equipped Carré = square En biais = sideways Premier plan = the foreground Le fond = far end Dernier plan = background Faire angle avec= at an angle with La scène = the stage Pan coupé = piece, trail, side, flap, section, cut away Encombré = congested, cluttered. Coulisses = behind the scenes, in the wings Banquettes = upholstered benches Tapisseries = wallpaper, tapestries S’écarter = to move apart Manteau d’Arlequin = Le manteau d'Arlequin est un trompe-l'œil imitant des rideaux ouverts sur les côtés. Un manteau d'arlequin encadre la scène de théâtre et permet d'augmenter ou de diminuer la taille de la scène visible en déplaçant les panneaux sur lesquels on a peint les draperies. Les armes royales = the royal coat of arms L’estrade = rostrum, platform Une rampe de chandelles = candles as footlights Les latérales = lateral, side Galeries = galleries Les loges = boxes/ balconies in a theatre. Le parterre = the stalls (ground floor seats) Les gradins = raised, tiered stands Le buffet = sideboard Un petit lustre = a small candelabra Verre de cristal = crystal goblets Assiettes de gâteaux = plates of sweetmeats. Un lustre = chandelier Fleuris = with flowers Des flacons = small bottles/ flasks S’entrebaîlle = ajar/ half-open Un battant = second door Clorise = the Goddess of War Scène 1 EXTRACT Le portier = doorman, also goalkeeper, la distributrice = seller, un tumulte = chaos, uproar, brusquement =abruptly, suddenly, chevau-léger de la maison du roi = his majesty’s cavalry, mousquetaire = musketeer, fleuret = foil (kind of sword) for fencing, Flanquin = the name of a character, un pourpoint = a doublet, dés = dice, coquin = kid, rascal scallywag, chandelle = candle, coller = stick/attach, une bouquetière = a flower-seller,
French Teaching Resources. La Fête Nationale. Bastille Day. Le 14 juillet. La Révolution Française.
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French Teaching Resources. La Fête Nationale. Bastille Day. Le 14 juillet. La Révolution Française.

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This lesson teaches students about the French Revolution and how a Fête Nationale/ Bastille Day/ Le 14 juillet is celebrated. It uses colourful slides, images and animations, 3 YouTube links, matching cards and karaoke! A fun end of term lesson! Slide 2 states the objective: To learn facts and vocabulary related to La Révolution Française and La Fête Nationale! All: Will learn 7 new facts and French words. Most: Will learn 9 . Some: Will learn 10+ . Slide 3 presents the following vocabulary: Le clergé La noblesse Le Tiers-État Le roi La reine La Bastille (une prison) La guillotine Le Tricolore It is differentiated: All: Match the French and the picture (there are some English words to help!). Most: Perfect Pronunciation Challenge! Some: Share what you know about La Révolution Française. Slides 4 – 11 show each word with images and animations so you can drill the new vocabulary. Slide 12 has all the pictures for each new word. Then there is graded questioning: Slides 13 – 20 show an image and provide 2 possible answers. Slides 21- 30 are “What’s missing?” slides. Slide 30 is to be used in conjunction with the French worksheet and the YouTube video (in English) The French Revolution In a Nutshell (2 mins 50 secs) which is a cartoon-style clear and concise summary – really fun! Then the students watch the video: All: Complete Exercise A. Most: AND Exercise B. Some: AND note down any additional facts and French vocabulary. * The answers are on the first 2 pages of the PDF. Extract examples of questions: A. Cochez les choses que vous voyez: le Tricolore un canon le monde Le clergé la noblesse le Tiers-État B. Choisissez la bonne réponse: 1. Avant la Révolution il y avait trois rangs : A. La reine, le roi et le Tiers-État. B. Le clergé, la noblesse et le Tiers-État. C. Le roi, le clergé et la noblesse. Slide 32 states: Pour fêter La Fête Nationale il y a des défilés militaires. Le défilé le plus célèbre a lieu sur l’Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Le soir il y a des feux d’artifice, des concerts et des bals. And there is a link to an English language commentary of Bastille Day celebrations on YouTube (1 min 34 secs). Slide 33 explains the Marseillaise and sets out the task (using English and French matching cards): Slide 34 has the Marseillaise in English and French. Slide 35 is a Marseillaise Karaoke slide and links to YouTube. Finally Slide 36 provides time for reflection. I hope you enjoy these resources!
Spanish Teaching Resources. Greetings Worksheet & Battleships Game/ Lotto Grid.
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Spanish Teaching Resources. Greetings Worksheet & Battleships Game/ Lotto Grid.

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This worksheet has 3 sections, the first is a word match for English and Spanish greetings. Vocabulary: 1. Hola. 2. Buenos días. 3. Buenas tardes. 4. Buenas noches. 5. ¿Qué tal? 6. ¡Fenomenal! 7. Muy bien, gracias. 8. Bien, gracias. 9. Bien. 10. Fatal. The next section is a complete the sentence challenge where certain letters have been removed. Make this more difficult by telling the students to cover up the Spanish words listed above. The next (extra) section involves unjumbling a group of words to find the correct greetings. Again, make this more difficult by telling the students to cover up the Spanish words listed above. Then there is an extension task to create their own crossword. Battleships: Vocabulary: 1. Hola. 2. Buenos días. 3. Buenas tardes. 4. Buenas noches. 5. ¿Qué tal? 6. ¡fenomenal! 7. Muy bien, gracias. 8. Bien, gracias. 9. Bien. 10. Fatal Battleships Game Instructions The students love this competitive and fun game! I use this battleships game (which can also be used as a lotto grid) to help students to practise their pronunciation and to reinforce new vocabulary and grammatical structures. Firstly I ask the students to work independently in pairs to translate the expressions. The students then focus on pronunciation and decide the two easiest and two most difficult words to pronounce. I then check the translations and drill pronunciation with the whole class before they play the game. The students secretly choose 5 squares on the top grid and then try to guess which 5 squares their partner has chosen, filling in the bottom grid with “hit” and “miss.” To choose a square say a phrase from the horizontal line and complete the sentence with a phrase from the vertical line. Where the 2 phrases meet up is the square you have chosen. I use the English language sheet to further challenge the students: they should place this on top of the Spanish version and then try to play the game saying the Spanish phrases as far as possible from memory. I allow the really weak students to have the Spanish version next to the English version so they have lots of support, stronger students are allowed a few “sneaky peaks” at the Spanish version and the really strong students aim to refer back to the Spanish version as little as possible. This really helps the students to memorise the vocabulary/structures! During the game I circulate the classroom checking pronunciation. This is followed by whole class drilling of pronunciation mistakes. Enjoy!
French Teaching Resources. Plurals: PowerPoint & Matching Cards.
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French Teaching Resources. Plurals: PowerPoint & Matching Cards.

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Use the PowerPoint in conjunction with the Matching Cards to elicit the rules for forming plurals in French. Expressions on cards: Une main Deux mains Un nez Deux nez Un cheveu Des cheveux Un animal Six animaux Un gâteau Des gâteaux Un genou Trois genoux Un œil Les yeux I use the first slide to elicit some imaginative plural translations, but you may wish to skip this. Slide 2 asks: Match the singular and plural cards. ALL: How do you make most nouns plural? MOST: How do you make nouns that end in the following letters plural? -z -eu -al -eau -ou SOME: Which noun is completely irregular and doesn’t follow ANY rules? Extension: Make up a song/ poem/performance to help people remember these rules. Slides 3 and 4 check the answers and slide 5 summarises the rules (this can be printed out and stuck into books).
French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint: Opinions (adjectives).
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French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint: Opinions (adjectives).

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Expressions taught: C’est super! C’est difficile. C’est intéressant. C’est nul. C’est fatigant. C’est amusant. C’est génial. Ce n’est pas marrant. The first slides have the phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. I sometimes found it quite difficult to find suitable pictures for these expression - encourage the students to think outside the box when figuring out the meanings! The next section of slides have mutiple choice questions. The final Qu’est-ce que c’est? slide has pictures of all the phrases to be used for direct questioning. This can also be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If its the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins!
French Teaching Resources. The Past Historic. Presentation & Odd One Out Warmer.
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French Teaching Resources. The Past Historic. Presentation & Odd One Out Warmer.

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This 8 slide PowerPoint introduces the Past Historic. Use it to elicit translations and to present information about it's formation and irregular verbs. I use this PowerPoint slide to revise the Past Historic. I give students mini-whiteboards and they choose the odd-one-out. Examples: je parlai je finis je répondis je vais j’aurai j’allai nous finîmes il but j’eus ils eurent j’ai eu vous eûtes * watch out for the made-up verb at the end!
French Teaching Resources. France & French Stereotypes. Cliché!  Cédric Villain.
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French Teaching Resources. France & French Stereotypes. Cliché! Cédric Villain.

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To help my A Level students to consider French stereotypes I show them the fabulous Cliché! by Cédric Villain on YouTube and ask them to complete the worksheet. I have been pretty sneaky in the wording of the questions to test a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures! Examples of questions. 1. a. La plupart des Français ne portent que des rayures, un foulard rouge, un béret et une baguette. b. Tous les Français portent des rayures, un foulard rouge, un béret et une baguette. c. Les Français portent souvent des rayures, un foulard rouge, un béret et une baguette. 2. a. Les Français n’habitent qu’à Paris ou sur la Côte d’Azur. b. La moitié des Français vivent à Paris. c. Beaucoup des Français demeurent à Paris ou sur la Côte d’Azur. 3. a. Quelques Français ont une vue de la Tour Eiffel. b. La majorité des Français ont vu la Tour Eiffel. c. Tous les Français peuvent voir La Tour Eiffel de chez eux.
French Teaching Resources. Cyrano De Bergerac Act 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Matching Cards.
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French Teaching Resources. Cyrano De Bergerac Act 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Matching Cards.

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There are 5 sets of matching cards; one for each Act. I use these cards as a warmer whereby students have to match the quotations with the correct characters to help the students to memorise key quotations for their essays and to remember the plot of the play. Examples from Act 1: J’entre gratis. = Un cavalier. J’ai soustrait à mon maître un peu de luminaire. = Un laquais. Jour de Dieu ! Et penser dans une salle pareille Qu’on joua du Rotrou, mon fils. = Le bourgeois. Act 2 examples: Examples: Ciel! Mes livres vénérés! Les vers de mes amis! Déchirés! Démembrés! = Ragueneau Quelle heure est-il? = Cyrano Qu’avez-vous à la main? = Lise Ouverts à coups d’épée, huit malandrins sanglants illustraient les pavés. = Deuxième poète You may choose to have different levels of challenge. For example, Level 1 = match the cards and discuss the pronunciation. Level 2 = match the cards , discuss the pronunciation and then have quick fire questions from French to English, whereby 1 student closes their eyes and their partner reads out the quotation cards and the student must say the character from memory. Level 3 = As Level 2 but the quick fire questions are to say the quotation. Following checking there are 2 fun games to play, either pelmenism or a game I learnt in Japan called Karuta. In Karuta the students put the names cards to one side and spread out the quotation cards in front of them. I then say the character and the students compete to touch the correct quotation card first. Whoever touches it first wins the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. The game can of course be played the other way around. The students love this game!
French Teaching Resources. Cyrano De Bergerac. Quotations Warmer Activity.
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French Teaching Resources. Cyrano De Bergerac. Quotations Warmer Activity.

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Warmer: Cyrano and Roxane quotations: students divide into 2 columns: Cyrano and Roxane and then divide into Acts: Examples of quotations: Un pauvre garçon qui jusqu’ici m’aima Timidement, de loin, sans oser le dire. Je me suis donc battu, madame, et c’est tant mieux, Non pour mon vilain nez, mais pour vos beaux yeux. Il est fier, noble, jeune, intrépide, beau… Votre vengeance envers Cyrano, c’est peut-être De l’exposer au feu qu’il adore (...) Un homme comme lui de la faire enrager: Vous voulez le punir? Privez-le de danger. Le bonheur né de mon sacrifice.
French  - English Matching Cards: School Stress! AS Level Education Teaching Resources.
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French - English Matching Cards: School Stress! AS Level Education Teaching Resources.

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I use these matching cards with my Year 12 students to build vocabulary associated with the stresses and strains of A Level studies. Expressions: On nous fait travailler comme des fous! Il est possible que je doive redoubler ma première. Je suis complètement obsédé par mes notes! C’est l’angoisse totale quand le prof me rend un contrôle. J’aimerais bien que les programmes soient moins chargés. Mes parents ne veulent pas que je prenne cette filière-là. Je suis hyper stressé(e) ! J’ai un trac fou à chaque fois qu’il faut passer un examen. You may choose to have different levels of challenge. For example, Level 1 = match the cards and discuss the pronunciation. Level 2 = match the cards , discuss the pronunciation and then have quick fire questions from French to English, whereby 1 student closes their eyes and their partner reads out the French cards which the student must translate into English from memory. Level 3 = As Level 2 but the quick fire questions are from English to French. Following checking there are 2 fun games to play, either pelmenism or a game I learnt in Japan called Karuta. In Karuta the students put the English language cards to one side and spread out the French cards in front of them. I then say the English and the students compete to touch the correct French card first. Whoever touches it first wins the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. The students love this game!
French Teaching Resources: Christmas Web Quest. Noël & Wallace & Gromit Cardomatic Worksheet.
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French Teaching Resources: Christmas Web Quest. Noël & Wallace & Gromit Cardomatic Worksheet.

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Feeling tired at the end of term?! Let the students get on with this French Chrstmas webquest on the fabulous vivenoel website! They will learn some new vocabulary and can play lots of games. Stronger students may like to look in more depth at the Christmas tales and recipes, perhaps even make them! To use this resource you need the DVD of Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions. I found this in the extras DVD attached to my copy of The Curse of the Were Rabbit. It is in English, but still a fun, quirky way to build some vocabulary. In total the activity lasts approximately 20 minutes. Firstly I give out the question sheet and the students work in pairs/ small groups to translate the French Christmas vocabulary in the box. The extension activity is to translate the multiple choice questions and answers below. I then show the (1 minute 36 second) extract a couple of times and check the answers. The vocabulary box can also be used for a quick game of lotto.
Spanish Teaching Resources. Battleships Game / Lotto Grid Numbers 1-20
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Spanish Teaching Resources. Battleships Game / Lotto Grid Numbers 1-20

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Spanish Battleships Game / Lotto grid numbers 1-20 Instructions The students love this competitive and fun game! I use this battleships game (which can also be used as a lotto grid) to help students to practise their pronunciation and to reinforce new vocabulary and grammatical structures. Firstly I ask the students to work independently in pairs to translate the expressions. The students then focus on pronunciation and decide the two easiest and two most difficult words to pronounce. I then check the translations and drill pronunciation with the whole class before they play the game. The students secretly choose 5 squares on the top grid and then try to guess which 5 squares their partner has chosen, filling in the bottom grid with “hit” and “miss.” To choose a square say a phrase from the horizontal line and complete the sentence with a phrase from the vertical line. Where the 2 phrases meet up is the square you have chosen. I use the second sheet to further challenge the students: they should place this on top of the Spanish version and then try to play the game saying the Spanish phrases as far as possible from memory. I allow the really weak students to have the Spanish version next to the second version so they have lots of support, stronger students are allowed a few “sneaky peaks” at the Spanish version and the really strong students aim to refer back to the Spanish version as little as possible. This really helps the students to memorise the vocabulary/structures! During the game I circulate the classroom checking pronunciation. This is followed by whole class drilling of pronunciation mistakes. Enjoy!
French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint: Weekend Activities in the Present Tense.
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French Teaching Resources. PowerPoint: Weekend Activities in the Present Tense.

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Expressions: Je regarde la télé. (regarder) Je danse. (danser) Je joue sur une console. (jouer) Je surfe sur Internet. (surfer) J’écoute de la musique. (écouter) Je retrouve des amis. (retrouver) Je vais au cinéma. (aller) Je vais à la pêche. (aller) The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new vocabulary: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other (QFQs = Quick Fire Questions) before the teacher checks with the whole class. The next slides have each phrase and a picture. Use this to elicit the pronunciation, the English and to drill. The next section of slides have multiple choice questions. Then there are "Qu’est-ce que c’est?" slides. The final slide has pictures of all the phrases. This can be used for a Beat the Teacher game, which the students love! The teacher points to a picture and says a word. If it is the correct word the students all repeat it. If its the wrong word the students must stay absolutely silent. If they do, they win 1 point. If not, the teacher gets 1 point. Most points wins!