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Just to keep you up to date with recent additions to the site.

I have just added a resource for the teaching of simple prepositions using a simplified class plan as the visual aid (inspired by Mark Gilbert, 1966!). I have added a suggested plan for using it, particularly for less experienced teachers. A good chance for teachers to practise their questioning techniques! In general I am hoping to produce relatively more resources this year for the beginner and intermediate levels.

With this in mind I have made a crossword on weather expressions, probably suitable for Y9, but could be used for revision with older students. there is also a new resource called La maison de la famille Leblanc. It's a text with vocabulary and ideas for exploitation. Good for practising il y a and il n’y a pas de.. Goes with another resource on the site, introducing the Leblanc family.

The issue of food wastage has been in the news lately, so I constructed a text based on a BBC report in English. To save time I began with Google Translate, then corrected, adapted and edited the text. I find Google Translate to be a useful tool, but it needs skill in the adaptation. With the text there is a familiar mix of exercises for advanced level. The topic supplies some useful discussion material.

A few days ago I worked on a biographical text on J K Rowling, for high intermediate level. This could be used with as good Y11 class or maybe Lower Sixth.

Finally there is a crossword on the present tense for AS level. I used the EclipseCrossword free software for this. teachers may use this software for any purpose, including commercially. It works well, but does not format neatly on to one side of A4.

One of the challenges with texts is that they should, of course, be interesting. If students want to read, they will be stimulated and acquire language more quickly. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, so what one student or teacher might find interesting, another will not.

Added on 17th January: online shopping task at Decathlon, plus various wordsearches.

So it's a fairly busy new year in frenchteacherland!


  1. Hi Steve, Thanks for including my site on your list of links. I was wondering if you would mind updating the links page with the new URL of my site, A Vos Plumes! The permanent URL is Thanks! Alison


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