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A Portrait d’enfant video listening worksheet

You may know already that I’m a fan of the ‘Portrait d’enfant’ short videos made by Arte. Below is an example of a worksheet I made last year. The activity promotes careful listening and is an eye-opener for students, showing as it does the life of a child in a context quite different to their own. This resource would suit Higher GCSE pupils (roughly CEFR A2). A high-achieving Y9 class would also get a lot from this.

So, in sum, lots of interesting comprehensible input, careful language processing and intercultural understanding. This ticks some good boxes.

You could play this video from the front, with lots of pauses and repetitions, or students could do it on their own if they have the resources at home. I would have done this in class, since this enables you to deal with questions, add detail or provide extra commentary or repetition.

Portrait d’enfant : Mohammed, Bédoin de Pétra  2m 53 (recommend playing at 0.75 speed)

Écoutez et complétez les phrases en utilisant des mots dans la case. 


animaux       temps        depuis         apprend           touristes         monde         vend       normal         aider        viennent               calme         sacrifices            montagnes        prépare      famille         tous            montre          mangent             mains          gens


1. Mohammed habite un village à Pétra ________1984.
2. Presque ________ les Bédoins habitent ici.
3. Il y a des ________ partout (everywhere) dans son village.
4. Chez lui, ça c’est ________.
5. Il a une grande ________ : sept frères et deux sœurs.
6. Sa mère ________ un plat typiquement bédoin.
7. Le ________ de préparation est une heure trente.
8. On mange le riz avec les ________.
9. Mohammed nous ________ des dromadaires rouges.
10. Les dromadaires font des courses (races) et des balades pour les ________.
11. Il a 31 chèvres qui ________ de l’herbe (grass).
12. Les chèvres pâturent (graze) dans les ________.
13. Pétra est une des Sept Merveilles (wondersdu ________.
14. Les visiteurs ________ du monde entier.
15. Sa mère a un magasin qui ________ des bijoux (jewelry), par exemple.
16. Mohammed va au magasin deux fois par semaine pour ________ sa mère.
17. Il ________ l’anglais avec les touristes.
18. Ils sont sur la montagne des ________.
19. Les ________ y sacrifiaient (used to sacrificedes moutons.
20. C’est son endroit (placefavori, parce que c’est ________.


Vous pouvez regarder la vidéo une autre fois avec les sous-titres.




1.Mohammed habite un village à Pétra depuis1984.

2.Presque tous les Bédoins habitent ici.

3.Il y a des animaux partout (everywhere) dans son village.

4.Chez lui, ça c’est normal.

5.Il a une grande famille : sept frères et deux sœurs.

6.Sa mère prépare un plat typiquement bédoin.

7.Le temps de préparation est une heure trente.

8.On mange le riz avec les mains.

9.Mohammed nous montre des dromadaires rouges.

10.Les dromadaires font des courses (races) et des balades pour les touristes.

11.Il a 31 chèvres qui mangent de l’herbe (grass).

12.Les chèvres pâturent (graze) dans les montagnes.

13.Pétra est une des Sept Merveilles du Monde.

14.Les visiteurs viennent du monde entier.

15.Sa mère a un magasin qui vend des bijoux (jewelry) , par exemple.

16.Mohammed va au magasin deux fois par semaine pour aider sa mère.

17.Il apprend l’anglais avec les touristes.

18.Ils sont sur la montagne des sacrifices.

19.Les gens y sacrifiaient des moutons.

20.C’est son endroit (place) favori, parce que c’est calme.


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