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Portsmouth College - French Improvers Autumn 2021 (Thursdays)

The main resources and ideas will be linked here.

https://tinyurl.com/tpc21ai


The college will soon be advertising the courses beginning once more in January. At the moment my best guess is that the courses will begin on Thursday January 20th as half term is 19th to 27th February. That makes 5 weeks before half term and 5 weeks after with the last lesson being on March 31st.


The course will not be a repeat of things we have done before, although it is likely we will look at cultural events and many grammar points you may already have covered (depending on the make up of the class), but the themes will be different.


Alternatively if you feel confident enough, you could switch to Monday evenings where the challenge is greater.


>> Socials for French both online and in person happen in Portsmouth click here to see when <<


To help improve your listening and tune your ear to the sound of the language, you can use the internet. There are a lot of free to air radio stations out there and this website helps you tune in to the free stations...

radio.garden


France 24 en direct

TV5 Monde


Thursday, December 1st 2021


Culture - Les fêtes de la fin de l'année en France.

Les fêtes de la fin de l
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Christmas in Provence (imprimé)

Christmas in Québec

Où passer noël au Canada

Le marché de noël de Caen - Qu'est-ce qui manque ? et pourquoi ?


Une histoire de noël - la légende du sapin - Est-ce que vous pouvez raconter cette histoire en anglais?


Cantiques de Noël et un extrait de la cantique de noël de Charles Dickens.


Vive le Vent - GR
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Les anges dans nos campagnes
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Annie Lennox - il est né
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Je vous souhaite tous un très joyeux noël et une bonne année - Peut-être que l'on se revoit en janvier!




Thursday, November 25th 2021

N.B. The France at Home market is visiting Palmerston on Sunday November 28th from 10 am to 4pm - I will have a twinning stand there, but the full market offering is due to be in situ for the day.


*check e-mail is correct so JP can email once the courses for January go live...


Next week we will look at how Christmas is celebrated in France and other French Speaking Nations.


If you have managed to prepare anything for me to check about Christmas in France (and have not already e-mailed it to me) you can hand it in now and I can return it next week, so you can 'present' it.


Actualités

...sur les départs pour la France...

Qu'est-ce qui s'est passé dans le Morbihan?

Crise Médicale bizarre


Chanson - Mireille - Bravo - tu as gagné


Mireille Matthieu has been around for ever too... she is very 'marmite' has a certain "timbre" in her voice...


GAPS_Bravo tu as gagné - MM
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Thursday, November 18th 2021


As last week we revised the Perfect and Imperfect tenses and how they are used together sometimes to set the scene before we talk about events in the past, we then went on to look to look at how to form the pluperfect tense and its use and the future, conditional and simple future tenses. - We shall go over these tenses once more this week with those present.


Can you now use your improved knowledge of French grammar and prepare to talk about a most special Christmastime from your past in French...


This is a model you could use for help, ideas and many useful phrases...

Il était une fois à Noël
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Remember the whole blog about verbs is here


Homage à Samuel Paty (printed worksheet has more detail)


L'acte de grace - + ppt


Chanson - JJ Goldman



GAPS_Elle A Fait Un Bébé Toute Seule par Jean Jacques Goldman
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Thursday, November 11th 2021


Last week we looked at the Perfect Tense again and then on to the Imperfect Tense and how they are used together sometimes to set the scene before we talk about events in the past (what was happening (imperfect) when something else happened (perfect).


Today we will go back even further to the very infrequently used pluperfect tense, which tells us what had happened (pluperfect) before other things happened (perfect) or were happening (imperfect).


Remember the whole blog about verbs is here

If there is time, we will look at the simple future tense as well.


Les Actualités

La Reine est malade

Il y a un an l'asasinat de Samuel Paty (Printed worksheet)


Remembrance Day has happened in France and in many of the countries that have been involved in wars since World War One (La Premiere Guerre Mondiale).



L'Armistice YT 4 min clip
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Ce sera demain (1918)


Chanson - Angèle - Nouvelle Album sortira le 10 décembre 2021.



GAPS_Angèle - Bruxelles Je t'aime
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Thursday, November 4th 2021


We will look at the formation of the Imperfect Tense and possibly the Pluperfect Tense ... Remember the whole blog about verbs is here - I still recommend the book French Verb Drills for those of you who wish to be masters of French verbs


Which tense to use the Perfect or Imperfect?


The perfect and the imperfect tenses are often used in the same sentence. The imperfect tense is used for an ongoing action that was interrupted by a sudden action – in the perfect tense. For example:

  • Je regardais la télé quand tu as téléphoné. – I was watching TV (imperfect) when you phoned (perfect.)

  • Il jouait au foot quand il est tombé. – He was playing football (imperfect) when he fell over (perfect).

Notes on when to use the imperfect (also gives how to contrast using the perfect tense)


A little tale from the BBC

La Reine est malade


Culture - L'Armistice.

Canada



fr_11_nov_gapfill
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Le onze novembre
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fr2-h-80-powerpoint-dinformation-le-11-novembre
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Thursday, October 21st 2021


This will be the fifth lesson so the last one for this half term. The next lesson will be in November.


Actualités

France Info - Save Our Bacon

Culture - 'Mourir peut attendre'


Halloween

internaute halloween
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La Toussaint - le 1er novembre


Halloween_presentation[1]
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Chanson - Lisa - Drôle de Creepie


AE_Lisa – Drôle de creepie blancs
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Thursday, October 14th 2021.


You may have looked at the formation of the Present Tense verb drills I gave to you to look at previously.


We will look at the formation of the Perfect Tense with 'avoir' and then the more complicated version with 'être' ... Remember the whole blog about verbs is here




Radio Canada - La Panne de Facebook et d'Instagram


Now this is supposed to be news in Simple French. It sort of is, but the French is Québecois!

Chanson de la semaine - Christophe Maé



GAPS_Il est où le bonheur
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Thursday, October 7th 2021.


You may have prepared a small spoken presentation about something that you have watched and found interesting.


You may have looked at the formation of the Present Tense verb drills I gave to you to look at last week.


We will look at the formation of the Present Tense with regular reflexive verbs.

We will also look at the beginning of the formation of the Perfect Tense.

Remember reference for you is here


Current Affairs

News about the American Border

Three News Bulletins


Unusual News (Insolite)



Thursday, September 30th 2021.

You may have prepared a small spoken presentation about something that you have done during the week that you found interesting.


<<Qu'est-ce que vous avez fait d'intéressant pendant la semaine dernière ?>>


We looked, last time, at the formation of the present tense of "-er" verbs in French...


This week we will look at the formation of "-ir" and "-re" verbs. Reference for you is here


Further information on "-er" verbs here all regular "-er" verbs will work in the same way as "jouer" the example on the blog post.


Further information on "-ir" verbs here all regular "-ir" verbs will work in the same way as "finir" the example in the blog post.


Further information on "-re" verbs here all regular "-re" verbs will work in the same way as "vendre" the example on the blog post.


Culture - Médias

We can look at the movie Boss Baby (see last week's resources), which will help you speak in brief detail about a film you have enjoyed...

A la tele progs
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Apprécier un film
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Culture - Musique

This song will provide some useful vocabulary and phrases and test you listening skills.


GAPS_Calogero_Conduire
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Current Affairs

We can look at the vaccine passport regulation in force in France (see article under last week's resources)


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Thursday, September 23rd 2021.


1. Qu'est-ce que vous avez fait pendant l'été dernier ?


2. Pourquoi voulez-vous améliorer votre français?


3. Parlez-moi de quelque chose d'intéressant que vous avez faite pendant la semaine...


4. Que voudriez-vous changer de ce qui s'est passée pendant la semaine dernière...


We will see what people can tell us today about the formation of regular verbs in the present tense. Reference for you is here


Current Affairs

A news article about September 11th 2001

il-y-a-20-ans-les-attentats-du-11-septembre-marquaient-le-debut-dune-guerre
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Le Monde des ados - Pass Sanitaire

Le Monde des ados _ ACTU _ Passe sanitaire _ il y a encore du nouveau !
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Culture

Baby Boss Film

baby-boss-2-un-film-pour-toute-la-famille 
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Chanson

Céline Dion - Parler à mon père



GAPS_Céline Dion - Parler à mon père
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Not very many songs make it into the UK charts that are sung in French. However, there are many French-speaking singers. They are famous even beyond the borders of France, in countries such as Germany, Russia, Japan, Spain and Italy. Some are not even French, but come from Canada, West Africa, Belgium, Switzerland, The Indian Ocean, The West Indies



Thinking of those who did make it across to us, most only had one or two songs in our charts, unless they also sang in English. These are probably the most well known French songs I can think of... Many of these people are not one hit wonders overseas!


Céline Dion - Pour que tu m'aimes encore

Alizée - Moi, Lolita

Desireless - Voyage Voyage


Plastic Bertrand - Ça plane pour moi

Stromae - Alors on danse

Vanessa Paradis - Joe Le Taxi








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