Do your GCSE/Higher French students know their adverbs from their adjectives? Or their pronouns from their prepositions? 

Help is at hand! 

BBC Teach has launched a new series of ten short films to support GCSE/Higher French grammar teaching (mapped to the MFL curriculum). 

Four friends from the UK – Liam, Bea, Nadia and Luke – are on holiday in Paris. As they visit various well-known sites of the capital, they compete against each other in a series of fun challenges, and interact with native French speakers, to test their knowledge of French grammar.

Jenna Eccles, MFL teacher says

I think the clips bring French grammar to life and will really help GCSE students to focus on and improve different aspects of their grammatical understanding, especially as they show other young people enjoying using the French language. The clips could definitely be very useful when revising for all aspects of the French GCSE both in the classroom and at home.

Some examples of the challenges are:

Bon appétit  in which the friends split into two teams – boys vs girls. They have two minutes in a supermarket to grab as many lunch items as they can. The boys can only choose food items that take la or une (feminine), while the girls can only select food items that take le or un (masculine). The winners are the team that has correctly identified the gender of the items they have picked up.

‘Cap ou pas cap? in which the friends dare each other to do silly things in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral, correctly identifying the verb in each sentence. Will they be able to build a human pyramid?

Salut toi!  in which members of the French public read out a sentence and the friends have to pick out the definite, indefinite or partitive article in the sentence. A correct answer means one point, while an incorrect answer means a pie in the face!

See the full range of films here.

Members of ALL might also be interested in:

A review of Radio Labo – a ten part radio series to enhance the teaching of Key Stage 2 French

 A review of ¡Mi Madri!a new resource for Key Stage 2 Spanish

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