Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Les Jeux de cours d'école - Great French Outdoor Games

Why not take your French learners outside? May and June have brought us sunshine and the over-asked question "Can we go outside today, Mademoiselle?" Below are links to some great resources to get your kids engaged in French all the while being active outside! Some of my students' favourites are:

Avez-vous vu mon chat? (a great way to review emotions)

Québec- Lévis (an opportunity to look at a provincial map of Quebec too!)
Bulldog Couleurs (to review colours)

Le loup coupé (when you really need to let your students run run run) 

Over 300 outdoor French games from all over the world posted here .


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Comment ça va? - des chansons/vidéos, lesson ideas

I introduce the question Comment ça va? to my primary student by singing a simply song with actions. 

Tune: Adams Family theme song:

Comment  ça va? hunch shoulders like you don't know the answer (clap, clap) x2
 ça va bien thumbs up ça va mal  thumbs down, comme ci comme ca  thumbs up and down (clap, clap)


I then show students various pictures of children who have different expressions on their faces and I ask Comment  ça va? And they have to answer referring to the picture. Next I may have students mime an expression and the other students guess. I may also give them three blank circles - one for each expression that they can draw and label.

Asking Comment  ça va? will become a part of our daily routine where students will ask one another. 

If you have a panda stuffed toy or puppet you can bring it in. A student holds the toy/puppet and the other children ask Comment ça va petit panda? and the child holding it can act something or answer. It's fun because it rhymes. You could also show three pictures of three pandas with the three expressions (thanks to google images I'll load them here). You can display them in the class. All the students ask in unison  Comment ça va petit panda? and one student chooses and points one and says the expression.

Below are some songs to reinforce asking and answering Comment ça va? My students love the song by Alexandre as much in June as they did in September! La la la la la la!

1. Chanson par : Juli Powers  (CD $18 - order from her website - she's from Thorold, Ontario and will ship it to you!)

You can Download all the lyrics of all Juli's songs here.

PPT par: Sylvia Duckworth

2. Chanson par: Alexandre

PPT par: Sylvia Duckworth

3. Alain le lait
4. Basho and friends

Monday, June 24, 2013

Simple Plan (Français)

Lisez la description du groupe:

Simple Plan est un groupe de musique pop punk de Montréal au Québec, créé en 1999.
Le groupe est composé de cinq musiciens québécois, le groupe n'a pas changé de membre depuis sa création en 1999. Les membres sont :
  • Pierre Bouvier : Chant, guitare, piano
  • Sébastien Lefebvre : Guitare rythmique, chœurs,
  • Jeff Stinco : Guitare solo
  • David Desrosiers : Basse, bamboula, chœurs,
  • Chuck Comeau : Batterie

Écoutez le clip et répondez aux questions de compréhension suivantes:


1. Simple plan is:

a) French (from France)           b) from Northern Ontario               c) French-Canadian

2.  What are three different ways to say Hello in French?

______________                        __________________                         _______________

3.  What are the names of the members of Simple Plan in this video clip?

__________________                    ____________________             _________________

4. Que faites-vous dans la vie? means.....

a)  What do you like to do?    b) What do you do for a living?  c) What instrument to do you play?

5. Which member plays le bamboula? (Le bamboula is a type of drum).


6.  Lancer can mean “to throw” but in this case lancer means:

a)  to release albums                            b) to record albums               c) to sell albums

7.  What countries are they touring in Europe?

______________      ________________        ____________              _____________

______________      ________________        ____________              _____________

8. Who is asking the questions?    


9. Why do you think the band recorded this Youtube French Lesson clip?


10. Do you think being bilingual  (knowing two languages) helps the band?


Feb 13. 2012

After more than a decade of pumping out pop-punk hits, Montreal’s Simple Plan only recently felt comfortable enough to release a French version of one of their songs.
The fivesome actually recorded Jet Lag in Canada’s two official languages, Mandarin and Indonesian. For each version, the Simple Ones recruited a different female singer — such as Britain’s Natasha Bedingfield, Quebec songstress Marie-Mai, Chinese vocalist Kelly Cha, and Indonesian pop-rocker Tantri, who fronts a band known as KOTAK.
The French version, which features Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier and Marie-Mai trading lyrics in English et en français, recently earned the band an NRJ Award in Cannes, France — for Best francophone Band/Duo — proving the guys should really take more advantage of their bilingualism.
“I know we’re all French, we all speak French, but to actually sing a song in French is a whole different thing and we were all a bit nervous about it and not so sure how it would be received,” says drummer Chuck Comeau. “It ended up being the biggest song we ever had in France and Quebec … and then, to win the award … it was really cool. I think it shows that when you take a risk, most of the time you’re right to actually do it. It makes something more special.”
(Having said that, he’s not sure if the band will release more songs in French — or non-English languages — though he’s open to the idea. “Maybe,” he says. “Why not?”)
Simple Plan performs Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Rexall Place with Marianas Trench, All Time Low and These Kids Wear Crowns. Tickets are $29.50 and $45.50, or four for $88, plus service charges  at Ticketmaster. Click here to read more about the band’s special projects.

Watch the English/French music video version of Jet Lag below.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Les Crêpes!

Mmm...Les crêpes!
le 2 février est la Chandeleur (Crêpe Day!) en France!

Une Recette de crêpe

Un petit poème


Youtube 1-une recette
Youtube 2- Les Crêpes à Paris
Youtube 3 - Les Crêpes à Bastille

Link: Miam, miam mangeons des crêpes

Les Paroles: Miam miam, mangeons des crêpes, 
Salées ou bien sucrées 
Dégustons ces galettes  
Au dessert en entrée 
Miam miam, mangeons des crêpes  
Légères ou bien dorées 
Faisons sauter nos crêpes  
Sans les faire tomber

Venez dans la cuisine 
On va bien rigoler
Mélangeons la farine 
Et un litre de lait
Le jaune, le blanc des oeufs 
Du sel un peu de beurre
Les enfants sont heureux, 
Vive la chandeleur !

Tartinons de fromage, 
De crème et de jambon
Plus ou moins davantage 
De viande ou champignons
Chauffer à petit feu, 
Replier bien en deux
Et d'un coup de fourchette, 
Faire glisser dans l'assiette !
Si après ce festin, 
Vous avez encore faim
Gardez un peu de pâte 
Au fond de votre jatte
Ajoutez-y du sucre 
Ou de la confiture
Du miel, du chocolat 
Ou du sirop de mûre !