If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.
We've just published a special resource to go with this short animation on the topic of the environment, so if you're looking to make authentic listening more accessible … job done!
Students can get bored with predictable textbook listening tasks and often perceive listening practice as a test. However, we think this fun animation should help liven up listening, motivate your students and give them a boost – they'll have understood some real French! Also, I can pretty much guarantee they'll pick up the word 'prout' in the process.
Our worksheet has been designed to accompany the '12 solutions des enfants pour le climat' clip which is part of the '1 jour, 1 question' series of videos on YouTube. It includes a pre-listening starter activity and a listening for gist task to help your class get the most out of the native-speaker speed animation.
This is followed by a listening for detail task, which is differentiated into bronze, silver and gold. Translation sentences based on the clip are also included, along with answers and teaching notes.
Basically, it's an instant lesson! The PDF is free! What more could you possibly want?
Thanks to @MFLCorner for highlighting this environmentally-aware song on YouTube: Recyclez!
Using songs can be a really effective way of helping some students memorise key phrases.
Challenge groups to listen to the clip as many times as they need to in order to note the lyrics or as many words and sentences as they can.
Students could also create their own 'green' song lyrics or write a rap, if given a few rhyming words to get them started.
Les énergivOres (www.energivores.tv) is a great site for the environment topic, with short, quirky, educational animations on a range of issues. Try the clip entitled 'Les incarnés' (1min 43 secs) to show the true cost of our reliance on meat.
Below the video you will find a series of coloured tabs - click on the one entitled 'mini jeux'. The five multiple choice questions will introduce some of the key language, themes and statistics in the clip.
Students could then watch the clip, noting any numbers they hear. Once the group have shared what they heard, ask them to listen again for the significance of each figure, e.g. 100 = Les Français mangent plus de 100k de viande par an.
They could then redo the multiple choice quiz, giving more information about each of the questions from what they have heard in the clip.
Paris sans voiture? Quelle bonne idée!
27 September will be a 'car-free' day in Paris, and although this restriction will only apply to certain zones, it will certainly make crossing the road in the French capital a lot less stressful. For A level students tackling the topic of transport and the environment, this research task could inspire some discussion.
The official website for this event, www. parissansvoiture.fr/fr, is the best place for students to start, with the homepage slider images giving a snapshot of what the capital will be like on this day. They can then head for the 'Notre projet' tab to find out more about the event. Some prompt questions below.