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Christmas resources and ideas from frenchteacher

I do have a range of Christmassy worksheets and activities on frenchteacher.net if you like that sort of thing near the end of term.

Beginning at primary/Year 7 level you'll find a crossword, online Blockbusters game, wordsearch, vocabulary list, code- breaking task and strip bingo game. All of these can equally be used with Y8 pupils, or even some Y9s.

On the Y10-11 (intermediate) page there is a pairwork activity on Christmas presents which works well for a first lesson back after Christmas. The focus is on developing vocabulary and using recevoir and offrir. There is also a text with activities based on the Cinderella story, if you find that a Christmassy thing to do.

But Christmas activities need not just be for the young ones! In the A-level section there is a video listening task, which could be done with Y11s too (high intermediate/low advanced). This is based on a good video made at Nottingham High School. In addition there are two interesting texts with exercises. The first is about the origins of Christmas, the second an article about the giving of gifts in France based on an opinion survey.

When I was teaching my other "go to" site for resources for younger students was lightbulblanguages.co.uk.

With younger classes I also recommend finding Youtube videos with singalong words for songs like Silent Night (Douce nuit) and Jingle Bells (Vive le vent). There are also nice French Christmas medley Youtubes which you can play in the background whilst the pupils are doing a worksheet.

Finally, don't forget the standard primary/Y7/Y8 task of making a French Christmas card. You can raid the stores or art department for coloured card and get the youngsters to bring in their own glitter or glue. If you want to go "techy" you could try an online card-making site, I suppose. There are examples here:

http://www.photograpix.fr/blog/trucs-et-astuces/10-sites-pour-creer-ses-cartes-voeux-virtuelles/






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