Nos voisins sont charmants!



  1. Madame Allan. Bonjour Monsieur, pouvez-vous m’aider? Je cherche la rue des Alouettes.
  2. Monsieur Boucher. Oui, traversez le parc et aux feux , tournez à droite. Passez devant la  boulangerie et tournez à gauche, c’est là, la rue des Alouettes.
  3. Madame Allan. Merci beaucoup.

Deux mois plus tard!

  1. Monsieur Boucher. Bonjour Monsieur Allan. Tout va bien?
  2. Monsieur Allan, Oui, nous aimons beaucoup notre nouvelle maison.
  3. Monsieur Boucher. Vous vous habituez à la vie en France?
  4. Monsieur Allan, Oui, oui, nos voisins sont charmants. Lorsqu’on est arrivés, ils nous ont invité à prendre l’apéritif.
  5. Monsieur Boucher. Quelle bonne idée! Vous parlez bien français.
  6. Monsieur Allan, Ma femme et moi, on a décidé d’apprendre le français et de prendre des cours! Nous pensons que c’est difficile d’apprendre le français.
  7. Monsieur Boucher. Je suis d’accord; je crois que le français est une langue très difficile! Au fait, vous allez à la fête de la musique  vendredi ?
  8. Monsieur Allan, bien sûr.
  9. Monsieur Boucher. Moi aussi, alors à vendredi!

True or false

  1. Monsieur Boucher is giving directions to help Monsieur Allan
  2. Monsieur Allan must turn on the left after the library to get to Rue des Alouettes
  3. They meet again two months later.
  4. Monsieur Boucher asks Monsieur Allan if he is getting used to living in France
  5. Monsieur Allan speaks about his neigbours and says they are noisy.
  6. Monsieur Allan says learning French is very easy
  7. Both of them will go to the music festival on Friday!

Les verbes

  1. Pouvoir
  2. Aider
  3. Chercher
  4. Traverser
  5. Aller
  6. Penser que
  7. Croire que
  8. S’habituer
  9. Être
  10. Apprendre
  11. prendre

Encore du vocabulaire!

  1. Les feux
  2. La boulangerie
  3. La vie
  4. Les voisins
  5. Une idée
  6. Un cours de français
  7. Une fête
  8. Une langue
  9. La bibliothèque

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A Bordeaux!

Malgré le froid on s’est assis Cahors. Les chauffe-terrasse marchaient bien.

In spite of the cold, we sat outside! The patio heaters were working well.Outside the campsite, bikes are available.

Des vélos sont disponibles à l’entrée du camping.


Les vacances

This topic allows you to introduce or go over different sub-topics in a fun way.  Pupils always like talking about their holidays.

Questions you want to ask for a speaking activity.

Des questions à exploiter à l’oral!

  1. Es-tu parti en vacances? Où es-tu allé?
  2. Vous êtes partis combien de temps?
  3. Avec qui?
  4. Comment avez-vous voyagé?
  5. Vous étiez dans un camping ou à l’hôtel?
  6. Qu’est-ce que vous avez fait?
  7. Quel temps a-t-il fait?
  8. T’es-tu amusé?
  9. As-tu acheté des souvenirs?
  10. As-tu gouté des nouveaux plats?

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All those questions are in the past tense, le passé composé, so before this lesson, it is best to recap the perfect tense.

I take you to Leucate near Perpignan. It’s an ideal destination for all those who like water sports, sailing, windsurfing, scuba and snorkelling, kitesurfing thanks to strong winds (La Tramontane) and shallow spots so beginners can practice.

Voici une annonce pour le  Mondial du Vent, le festival de la Glisse.


In the French classroom: schemes of work and grammar

It is difficult to maintain a well-balanced and exciting scheme of work not only in languages but in all subjects. Not the least because a scheme of work is a ‘living’ thing. You want it to be a tool to guide your colleagues so it has to be fairly attractive and easy to use with files to match. Also it has to be differentiated and it should include SEN and Gifted and Talented files as well. Did i say files to match?

The schools financially secure allow their heads of languages to use the e-products matching the GCSE and A-level  courses. The others wait for teachers to drop what they prepare in the Shared Area, a difficult task that requires the Head of Department or a Second in charge to check them and advertise them. It is difficult to manage because as you know, the Head of Department has other responsibilities. One of the beauty of the teaching profession is its creativity. Nobody wants to teach a lesson using standard files that somebody else created five years ago so all responsible teachers will spend invariably a huge amount of time designing their ‘own’ files. The schemes of work are then neglected, only reviewed when in the worst scenario, management declare that the drop in the grades mean that there is a flaw somewhere.

Improving the scheme of work sessions can lead to controversy. One trend is the yes or no to grammar, again! This time, some departments decide that they will not teach formally KS3, the plural form of verbs!  The excuses they give are ridiculous, 1- year 7 cannot cope with the pressure 2- they are too difficult to remember  3- it’s too hard. So figure out a cohort of year 10 that cannot conjugate a regular verb. Fortunately, wise and strong head of departments will lead their colleagues and insist that verb endings are learnt in the younger years. Fair enough it takes a bit of time and it is part of homework routine but the result is worth it! You know where I stand, what do you think? Teach verbs from the Je to the ils or not?

Here is a powerpoint I added this morning in my TES shop, free for you to download.

Histoires drôles et courtes

En ville

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Pardon monsieur, pour aller à la poste s’il vous plait? Excuse me sir, what’s the way to the post office please?

Continuez tout droit, puis prenez la première rue à gauche. Keep on straight on then take the first street on the left.

C’est à côté de la mairie. It’s next to the town hall.

Je cherche la rue Victor Hugo I’m looking for Victor Hugo Street.

Pardon Madame, est-ce qu’il y a une pharmacie dans le quartier? Excuse me is there a chemist in the neighbourhood?

Oui, au rond-point, prenez la première rue et ensuite tournez à droite, la pharmacie est derrière le supermarché. Yes, at the roundabout, take the first street and then turn on the right, the chemist is behind the supermarket.