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Parallel reading for beginners

In case you weren't aware (!) I have a set of 25 parallel reading passages for beginners or near-beginners (Y7-8). These each come in the form of a landscape A4 sheet with a short passage in French on the left and its English translation on the right. each passage is accompanied by another A4 sheet of exercises including true/false, matching, ticking true sentences and vocab lists to complete.

You can either download each one separately or the whole lot as a booklet with a cover sheet. (Thanks to my former colleague Felicity!)

Teachers tell me their classes like these exercises. They can either be used in class or given as a booklet for independent work in class or at home. They make a great extension task for faster pupils.

I chose the topics to be instructive and to appeal to pupils of that age (as far as you can judge these things!). I also endeavoured to use cognates where possible. These are the topics:

The Eiffel Tower
The Channel Tunnel
The EU
Becoming a vet
My dog
My house
The weather
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Asking directions
Daily routine
My friend (male)
My friend (female)
The blue whale
My mum
Simple family poem

Here's a sample French text without its translation. Remember, although they look hard, the parallel translation and exercises provide the scaffolding needed for comprehension.

Les araignées

Il y a environ 40 000 espèces d'araignée. La plus grande, la mygale,  mesure jusqu’à 30 centimètres et la plus petite un demi millimètre. Ces espèces ont des couleurs et des tailles différentes.

Ce ne sont pas des insectes car elles possèdent huit pattes et elles n'ont ni antennes ni ailes. Leur corps est composé de deux parties : la tête où se trouvent les pattes et l'abdomen. Les araignées ont en général huit yeux situés sur la tête.

Les araignées produisent de la soie avec laquelle, elles tissent des toiles pour attraper leurs proies. Leur soie est plus solide que l'acier. Les araignées sont des prédateurs : elles capturent leurs proies vivantes (elles ne mangent pas les animaux ou insectes morts).

Les araignées mordent pour se défendre et attaquer leur proie. Elles peuvent aussi injecter du venin aux proies pour les immobiliser, sans les tuer, pour les manger après. Elles peuvent aussi mordre pour se défendre quand elles sont menacées. 

Certaines araignées ont une morsure qui peut être dangereuse pour les humains comme celle de la veuve noire et de la mygale. On reconnaît leur morsure au fait qu'elle est constituée généralement de trois trous : deux pour injecter un liquéfiant, et un troisième pour aspirer le liquide créé.

Certaines araignées se cachent dans les fleurs et attaquent les insectes qui viennent polliniser les fleurs.


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