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.
12 solutions des enfants pour le climat
1st February 2017
French | Listening | Environment
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...
13th May 2016
French | Song | Environment
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...
La viande découvre son coût énergétique
26th February 2016
French | Listening | Reading | Food
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.
Une journée sans voiture à Paris
17th September 2015
French | Reading | Transport
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...
Le charbon écologique
11th September 2015
French | Reading | Energy
This interesting article about the use of household waste to create fuel in the Republic of Cameroon would make good reading for A level groups studying the energy topic.
Ask the students to create a flowchart using an app or a PowerPoint...
8th May 2015
French | Reading | Packaging
La Recharge (www.la-recharge.fr) bills itself as 'la première épicerie sans emballages jetables' and would be a great site to use for the environment topic at GCSE or A level. Try setting the questions below as a homework task. For A level students, simply...
Réduire sa consommation d'eau
26th January 2015
French | Reading | Environment
This article from the website Réseau Terre Interactif is all about reducing water consumption. It would make a useful authentic text to use with A level students beginning the environment topic.
Copy and paste the text into Word,...
Comprendre le réchauffement climatique en quatre minutes
9th October 2014
French | Climate change | Listening | A level
This video would be a good introduction to the French A2 environment topic as it outlines very clearly the causes and effects of climate change. The graphics and labels in the video make this far easier to understand than it might first appear.
Spiegel online: climate change in Alaska
2nd October 2014
German | Listening | Global warming | A level
Here's an interesting starter for German A2 students studying the environmental topic: a video about the effects of global warming on walruses in Alaska.
Set up the video to play mute on full screen (so the title and commentary...
Le premier parc éolien coopératif
18th September 2014
French | Wind farm | Energy | Listening | A level
This short report about France's first cooperative wind-farm would be ideal for A2 French students studying the environment topic. The extract runs from 1m 42s to 3m 34s of the programme Coup de Pouce pour la planète on TV5.
Apparition d'un lac en plein désert tunisien
1st August 2014
French | Listening | A level | Pollution
An intriguing video clip about a lake which has recently appeared in the Tunisian desert as if by magic … but with a disturbing twist in the tale.
This 50-second clip gives the story with three short bits of text.
1. Play the clip...