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Trotro fait de la peinture

Finding video listening material for beginner to intermediate pupils is a challenge. I look at many clips and reject nearly all of them since I believe that there's little point playing material with too much unknown language or clips which are too long. (The research suggests at least 90% of listening and reading material should already be known for and acquisition to take place, although adapting the task to the text helps mitigate the level of difficulty.)

Cartoons aimed at very young French children open up possibilities, though even these need careful sifting. They are authentic and fun. So, as you may know already, I have published a lot of comprehension worksheets linked to short cartoon clips, especially Peppa Pig. They are well liked by teachers and pupils.

This one is a Trotro video which you could use from Y8 to Y10 (low intermediate). I cannot stress too much how naughty Trotro is. In this video he is no PicASSo.

Use the link above if the video is not visible. Do copy and paste, but acknowledge the source please.  

Regardez la vidéo. Cochez les phrases que vous entendez. Seulement 10 phrases sont correctes.

 1. Aujourd’hui je ne peux pas aller dehors.
2. Aujourd’hui je vais rester à la maison.
3. Construire une maison ? Non, j’en ai déjà fait une hier
4. Je n’ai pas envie de lire pour l’instant.
5. Je ne peux pas regarder la télé.
6. Je ne veux pas faire de la peinture.
7. Voilà mes crayons couleur, mon pinceau, ma boîte de peinture.
8. Qu’est-ce que je vais dessiner ?
 9. Qu’est-ce que j’ai dessiné ?
10. N’oublions pas les yeux.
11. Oh là là ! Il est trop long, ce nez !
12. Je vais dessiner une bouche.
13. J’ai oublié de mettre mon tablier.
14. Mon tablier est dans la cuisine.
15. Je crois qu’elle ne veut pas partir.
16. Oh là là là ! Mon T-shirt est couvert de peinture !
17. Maman adore ce T-shirt !
18. J’ai une idée. Je vais la décorer
19. Tu as dessiné sur ton T-shirt, Trotro ?
20. J’ai peint une jolie girafe.  


1. Pourquoi est-ce que Trotro s’ennuie ? (Parce que...)
2. Qu’est-ce qu’il décide de faire ? (Il décide...)
3. Qu’est-ce qu’il a mis dans son pot ?
4. Qu’est-ce qu’il dessine ?
5. Le bonhomme ressemble à un dinosaure ?
6. Qu’est-ce qu’il a oublié de mettre ?
7. Est-ce que la tâche ressemble à la lune ?
8. Est-ce qu’il transforme la tâche en lion ?

 un tablier = an apron, un bonhomme = a man, figure  

Teacher’s answers

 Correct sentences are 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19  

Questions 1. Parce qu’il doit rester à la maison/ Il ne peut pas sortir/aller dehors. 2. Il décide de faire de la peinture. 3. Il (y) a mis de l’eau. 4. Il dessine un bonhomme. 5. Non, il ressemble à un éléphant. 6. Il a oublié de mettre un tablier. 7. Non, elle ressemble au soleil. 8. Non, il transforme la tâche en tigre.


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