• Andrew Starr


This blog post will serve as a place to collect useful files and links for the beginners class at Portsmouth College. An easy to remember link to this page is

There is a Facebook page for this group and alternatively, a password-protected website. I would have given you the password if you are in the class.

Radio Garden is a website where you can easily access streaming radio through a web browser on any capable device.

There will be an online video conference at 2 pm on Saturday, March 28th 2020.

This is intended for French Speakers in Portsmouth but will be a good way of listening in and hopefully practising your French.

To join the video meeting, click this link: Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +44 20 3956 7255 and enter this PIN: 602 985 088# To view more phone numbers, click this link:

This link will take you to France Bleu Normandie in Caen.

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 24th 2020

Online content to replace the final lesson.

We would have covered the pages 68 to 71 from the coursebook Voilà - Concluding Chapter 4 and looking at the grammar and vocabulary sections - these would normally be left to you to look over by yourselves.

We would have done some facts about Easter.

I am proposing to do some online meetups for French/German/Italian using a piece of Software called Houseparty

It allows for a maximum of 8 connections at once so could serve at least for small groups to talk together a maximum of 8 of us could meet. 

It does require downloading an app for Android or Apple iOS or Mac OS or a Google Chrome extension for PC. You will need to set up an account and password. It is a free thing to use.

To join me in Houseparty ready for a meeting:

If enough people add me on there I will attempt to arrange a time for up to 8 people to meet and have a chat about learning French.

Good Luck All - Bon Courage tout le monde!

Note from Portsmouth College received Wednesday, March 18th 2020

Dear all, In light of the current situation regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) all Portsmouth College fun courses are being postponed. All students will be contacted to ensure they are aware of this and informed that the course will resume at a later date. . We are also in contact with all venues for off-site courses and working with them to be able to continue your courses at an appropriate time. This may cause some inconvenience to the student and possibly to yourselves. Apologies for this but we must follow the advice we are given. We will deal with any concerns individually so please do come back to me if there is anything you need to discuss. Kind Regards,

Faye Carpenter Logistics and Operations Manager for Adult Education and Apprenticeships

This lesson is the final lesson timetabled for the course. A further 8-week course is planned for Improvers 1 (A1-B1) on Thursdays beginning on April 30th. Improvers 2 (A2-B2) is planned for Mondays starting on April 27th. N.B. - Notice from the college re courses starting again in the summer term.



Tuesday, March 17th 2020

We looked at clothing and did some exercises about stating preferences from the Voilà Coursebook.

These files should help with clothing vocabulary.

Tuesday, March 10th 2020

We will look at the quantities in which food can be bought.

We look at buying food in various quantities.

These files may well help reinforce classwork.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2020

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

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

This link will take you to the French Meteorological Service Website for Portsmouth's twin city of Caen.

Below is the Wordle image of the Higher Numbers:

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

We will focus (if not today, soon) our listening skills by doing a cloze exercise based on the song 'Voyage, Voyage' by Desireless (below 'L'alphabet en chantant')

Tuesday, February 25th 2020

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

This pack will help you talk about the weather in French.

We will revise 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 about Mardi Gras in France and in New Orleans.

Tuesday, February 11th 2020

  1. We will look at marital status in French.

  2. We will further reinforce the topic of family in French.

  3. We will reinforce numbers up to 60.

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

  5. We will revise countries and nationalities

This pack of documents will help reinforce what we did in class

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.

We will also discuss your motivation for learning French.

Five worksheets used in class Tuesday, January 14th 2020.

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 de Florabelle et la Mushroom Family.

Desireless - Voyage Voyage

Mylène Farmer - Desenchantée

Zaz - Tous les cris les SOS

Vianney - Pas là

Stromae - Formidable

Kyo - Le Graal

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