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My resources are all about teaching languages, mostly French and Spanish and some are specific to the MYP or DP language acquisition courses. Let me know if there are games you'd like me to make for you, send me your feedback or comments! I would love to hear how I can improve my resources for everyone and for my students too!

My resources are all about teaching languages, mostly French and Spanish and some are specific to the MYP or DP language acquisition courses. Let me know if there are games you'd like me to make for you, send me your feedback or comments! I would love to hear how I can improve my resources for everyone and for my students too!
IB DP French B - Text types practice for paper 2 (Individual Word docs can be edited)
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IB DP French B - Text types practice for paper 2 (Individual Word docs can be edited)

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Bonjour! For each text type, you will find: • The conventions for the text type • An example text (between 250-300 words) • A simple format for students to plan their own written text (this is only for them to plan, not to write the whole essay) • A list of connectors and how to use them My students really like to see the same format – after a couple of times, they know exactly what to expect and how to approach the task. I also noticed that they tend to anticipate all the elements correctly because the process is repetitive. Recommendations for use (this is how I do it! You might want to approach it differently!) 1. Before studying a new text type, I usually ask the students to brainstorm what they think is necessary to include in the format we are looking at. 2. We then use the example text to look at their suggestions and see if they missed anything. 3. Students see the checklist and highlight each part in the example text. 4. Students write their main ideas + examples on the blank outline on a topic taken from a past exam paper. 5. Students write their own text, following their plan (the teacher can check it first to make sure they are on the right track or students can check each other’s - a great exercise too as it trains students to give feedback) You can also use the texts to review vocabulary!   All text types are available in one file for $11 in pdf (cannot be edited) or $13 in Word (can be edited). The following text types are included: Courriel (Coutumes et traditions: un échange scolaire) Blog (Science et technologie: les transports du future) Critique (film / chanson / livre) (Les loisirs: critique du film Les jours de pluie) – c’est un film qui n’existe pas! Discours / Présentation orale (Les loisirs / diversité culturelle: débat sur une loi pour les chansons francophones à la radio) Guide de recommandations (La santé: guide pour réussir les examens sans trop stresser) Lettre (La santé: Lettre au directeur d’un hôpital) Page de journal intime (Diversité culturelle : Une rencontre pleine de stéréotypes) Tract / Brochure (Diversité culturelle : La diversité culturelle à l’école) Article de journal / magazine (Science et technologie : La course aux nouvelles technologies et ses effets) Dissertation (Science et technologie : La recherche spatiale) Interview / Entretien (Coutumes et traditions : Deux élèves de pays différents pour la semaine internationale) Rapport / Compte rendu (Les loisirs : Evaluation d’une excursion qui s’est mal passée)
French Battleship Adverbs of Frequency - Adverbes de fréquence - Bataille navale
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French Battleship Adverbs of Frequency - Adverbes de fréquence - Bataille navale

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Teachers can print and laminate and use board markers to ensure the product is re-usable. It looks much better in color! Instructions are included in the document! Paid version available with 3 differentiated levels! LANGUAGE OBJECTIVES OF THE GAME: • Students practice making full sentences using adverbs of frequency • Students practice vocabulary • Students practice forming negative sentences This game allows the teacher to circulate and monitor, help students with pronunciation or those who have difficulties forming sentences. PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED: • Adverbs of frequency + their place in the sentence • Vocabulary of activities DIFFERENTIATED GAMES: • One game with verbs conjugated in the first person for students who have difficulties with conjugation • One game with verbs in the infinitive for students who can conjugate the verbs themselves. (NOT AVAILABLE IN FREE VERSION) • One game with a blank column for students to write their own favorite activities and conjugate the verbs (NOT AVAILABLE IN FREE VERSION)
BOUM! Imparfait et passé composé review - end of year / end of unit game
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BOUM! Imparfait et passé composé review - end of year / end of unit game

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This is a team game in which students choose a number out of 25 and complete the sentence in the tense indicated on the slide they chose. Watch out, there are 6 bombs in the game! All instructions on the last slides of the game. Click "Read only" to open the game! BOUM! LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE OF THE GAME: • To write complex sentences using the imperfect and perfect tense. PREVIOUS Grammar KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED: • Conjugation of perfect / imperfect tenses • Use of perfect / imperfect tenses • Structure Imperfect + quand + perfect tense (e.g. je marchais dans la rue quand je suis tombée) MATERIALS NEEDED: Each team will need a small whiteboard, board marker and eraser (If those are not available, scrap paper does the job too!) HOW TO PLAY: This game can be played individually or in groups. Group games are more fun! To be more effective, avoid having groups of more than three students. 1. Teams first name themselves (a French name of course!) and take it in turns to choose a number. 2. Once a team has chosen a number and it is not a bomb, all teams attempt to write a sentence. The sentence must relate to the picture(s) and use both the imperfect and perfect tenses. Teachers can decide on which sentences to accept! I usually let the student make any sentence at all, as long as there is a clear link to the picture and I only concentrate on the verb conjugations. I accept small mistakes such as prepositions etc. 3. The team who chose the number has priority: they show their answer first. If their sentence is correct, they win the amount indicated on the slide. If it is not correct, the other teams show answer and they all have a chance to win half of the amount indicated on the slide. 4. The teacher must keep a record of how much each team wins on the board. (I like to use fake money I printed and laminated and give it for each correct answer! The kids love it!) 5. If a team uncovers a bomb, they lose all their money. There are 6 bombs in total. 6. The team with the most money wins. The game can go on for a long time, so the teacher can choose when to stop it. You will notice that as students choose a number, it changes colors – this will allow you to track the numbers that have already been called. Click on the little house in the right hand corner to go back to the numbers slide!
Using a bilingual dictionary - Utiliser un dictionnaire bilingue (FRENCH)
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Using a bilingual dictionary - Utiliser un dictionnaire bilingue (FRENCH)

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Google translate might be getting cleverer, but I still don't want my students to use it! The activities below are based on the online dictionary "word reference". (Link included in the footer) Teachers will have to remind the students to choose the appropriate translation direction e.g. French to English or English to French. The activities include one page on understanding abbreviations and using the dictionary to work with parts of speech. The other 2 pages, not included in the preview document deal with translation and understanding how to look at the different ways to translate a word according to its context. (e.g. There are bats in the cave vs. Will he bat for the team?) Students will gain an understanding of how to choose the correct translation for words such as "go" or "get". This zip file contains - one copy of the activities with instructions in French + answer key - one copy of the activities with instructions in English + answer key The activities on both are exactly the same but might be used with more or less advanced students. They can be used at a wide variety of levels - for example, you might ask more advanced students to translate all of the sentences while newer students will only work on the specific word for the exercise. The files are Word documents and easy for you to edit if you would like to change a word. Enjoy getting your students to understand the rich world of French!