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After a long stay in our French house this summer when my work was limited to writing for the listening book Breaking the Sound Barrier we hope to publish by February (with Gianfranco Conti), I've turned my attention back to writing resources for frenchteacher.net. In the last week I've added eight new resources at all levels.

As always I'm very grateful to the hundreds of schools and teachers who subscribe and often resubscribe to the site. There are now well over 1400 resources on the site for a fee of £25. Do take a look at the many testimonial messages I have received over the years. Here are last week's new resources:

Beginner and near-beginner

Beginner alphabet fun. Two resources: (1) a list of games to practise the alphabet (2) an alphabet grid game in which you read out letter coordinates on a grid while pupils shade in boxes to create a picture. (Thanks to a teacher on the GILT Facebook group for that idea.)

Three Kim's Game PowerPoints. This is the classic game where you show some items then hide one or more at a time for the class to recall the missing item. These ones features fruit and veg and a hungry rabbit, pets and places around town. Beginners love this sort of memory game and it's a good vocab builder. Each presentation builds up in difficulty.

 Low intermediate

Parallel reading text. Why can't kangaroos walk? A short text translated from French to English with a comprehension task and vocab grid to complete. You could come up with other ways to exploit this too.

Intermediate (GCSE)

Video listening. Une balade à Porquerolles. Linked to a France Bienvenue video. Gap-fill with options plus "find the French" translation. Don't for get that there are numerous listening tasks on the Y10-11 page: teacher-read, audio and video, including some quite easy activities.

Video listening. This is a 1jour1question video about la francophonie in the world. The main task is to spot inconsistencies between the language of the video and a set of 15 sentences. Good general background on why French is such an influential world language.

Advanced

Audio listening. This is a conversation between two students, Tina and Laetitia, talking about their favourite films (from YouTube/Francebienvenue). Gap-fill to do, plus "find the French" and an opportunity to reuse some of the language in dialogue. Includes information about the film Intouchables. You could use this in Y12 or Y13. Edit to create more gaps if you need to.

Text and exercises on food poverty in France. With vocab to find, lexical work, comprehension, paired oral work, translation and summary.

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