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Brittany Ferries

This blog post will serve as a place to collect useful files and links for the beginners class at Brittany Ferries in Portsmouth. An easy to remember link to this page is tinyurl.com/bfb20


The course we are following is loosely based on the French Coursebook for Adult Beginners called Voilà!


You may wish to purchase a copy of this book to support you in your studies.


To support your learning outside of the class.


Radio Garden is a free online source of streaming radio stations. The link here takes you to Radio France Bleu Normandie in Caen, each dot is a town/city where a streaming radio station is based.


France 24 is the equivalent of BBC News 24 or Sky News in France it is free to watch in streaming here.


Course Content The most recent lesson posted on this blog is always at the top and the older lessons are below. At the very bottom, there are some more videos and links of general interest.


Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Lesson postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent restrictions

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

Lesson postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent restrictions

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Lesson postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent restrictions

We will revise and reinforce how to 'conjugate' the three families of regular verbs in French in the present tense.


We will focus our listening skills by doing a cloze exercise based on the song 'Voyage, Voyage' by Desireless (below)


Tuesday, March 10th 2020

Just two attendees

We will use some content from Voilà French Course on the weather.


We will be talking telephone numbers again and also revising and reinforcing the weather.


We will learn how to 'conjugate' the three families of regular verbs in French in the present tense.


We will focus our listening skills by doing a cloze exercise based on the song 'Voyage, Voyage' by Desireless (below)


Tuesday, March 3rd 2020

Just one attendee

We will use some content from Voilà French Course on the weather.

We will be talking telephone numbers again and also revising and reinforcing the weather.


This website is good in as it has a recording of each number as it is said as well as the words written down.


The Wordle poster on higher numbers may help you reinforce the numbers from 70 to 99 yourselves. (Read the numbers and try to figure out which number it actually is.)



Tuesday, February 25th 2020

Too many absentees

We will use some content from Voilà French Course on Leisure Activities on Holidays.

We will be talking telephone numbers and also revision and reinforcement of the weather.


We will look into how The Present Tense is formed in French with regular verbs, beginning with:

'-er', then '-ir' and finally '-re' verbs


This video might just help some people with their present tense conjugation...



Plus a little on Mardi Gras in France:

We will look at all the numbers in French once more.


Tuesday, February 17th 2020


We will revise what is in a town in French.

We will look at the weather in French.

We will look at all numbers in French once more.


These documents are helpsheets for talking about the weather in French.

This link will take you to the Meteorological Office in France's weather forecast for Caen

Below is an event that might be of interest to you all...

Tuesday, February 11th 2020


We will look at marital status in French.

We will further reinforce the topic of family in French.

We will look at numbers up to 60.

We will also look at some common job titles in French.


This pack will help you further with today's topics


Tuesday, February 4th 2020


In this lesson, we looked at countries and nationalities on French. We used the relevant section of 'Voilà'. PowerPoint and Puzzle from class here.


Tuesday, January 28th 2020


In this lesson, we looked at the family in French. We looked at how to talk about family and a document was issued which would enable you to introduce and describe your or another family in French. This document cannot be uploaded here. However, here are some useful documents.



Tuesday, January 21st 2020


Today loosely based on the coursebook 'Voilà' we will look at:

* Formal and informal greetings

* Asking how people are

* Showing someone around town

> We may begin to look at Introducing family and friends... 

> You may wish to show you can spell your names and the name of your street and town. 


> For extra work between now and next time, you may wish to prepare to present in French what there is in your town, village etc. 


Pack of files used in today's lesson

The above link is a zip archive. Google Drive will probably say 'oops there was a problem loading a preview'. Simply click on the download button to save the files to your computer and they should open in any unarchiving software.



Tuesday, January 14th 2020


During today's lesson, we will learn how to greet people. We will learn about the Alphabet and some of the numbers in French. We will look at the formal and informal register and possibly how to write the date in French.


Pack of some worksheets from this lesson

The above link is a zip archive. Google Drive will probably say 'oops there was a problem loading a preview'. Simply click on the download button to save the files to your computer and they should open in any unarchiving software.


L'Alphabet en chantant - Florabelle et la Mushroom Family


Desireless - Voyage Voyage



Alizée - Moi, Lolita

Vanessa Paradis - Joe le Taxi



Céline Dion - Pour que tu m'aimes encore



Mylène Farmer - Desenchantée






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