7th March 2011: Primary and Secondary workshop. Aranda Primary School

  • Myriam's workshop:
Create your own readers:
(As Noéline mentionned, Domayne Photostation offers exactly the same service, just choose the store that is most convenient for you!)
  1. Qui se cache dans la boite?
  2. Je peux travailler.
  3. Le Cirque
  4. Lucien

  • Natalie's website:

Sharing workshops at Telopea Park School

  • From Ludivine :
TY5 website: TV5 Monde
Lots of authentic documents there. Might be worth saving the ones you really like as they don't stay forever!
Check out the sections called "Enseigner le Français" and "Apprendre le Français".
Try the section TiVi5 for Primary school.

  • From Sarah:
With her language grant, Sarah bought these fantastic Talking Big Books CD-Rom, called "I can read French". There's a whole collection, available from Intext. They are suitable for Primary and Lower Secondary and come with a large range of interactive activities. More details here.
Here's the list of Talking Big Books that Sarah purchased:

Puppy Finds a Friend - On loan to Hawker Primary

What’s For Supper

Goodnight Everyone

Space Postman

Happy Birthday

Hurry Up Molly - Being used by Maribyrnong Primary

I Want My Banana

I’m Too Big

George the Goldfish

Get Dressed Robbie

  • From Marion:
Marion shared the bilingual books she has just acquired from Berlitz Kids, which also come with CDs, perfect for listening posts. See French Berlitz Kids a Visit to Grandma and French Berlitz Kids The Five Crayons. Berlitz has lots of resources for kids and teens, worth a look. Also check out the free download section!
Marion also shared her Guillotine game (instead of Hangman)!I It's right here but you will only be able to open it if you have the program Activinspire. Let me know if it doesn't work, I don't have Activinspire, therefore I can't open it!

  • From Mary:
Mary showed us a little vocabulary booklet that she made up and uses succesfully with her year 7-10. Great idea and lots of work in it. here it is! . Print it in booklet format on your photocopier.
She also showed us how to extend the use of Avatars in the class (using IWB) for the role call. Each of her year 7 made an avatar using myavatareditor.com. She created a page on an IWB with all the avatars, and at the beginning of a lesson, would ask them "Comment ça va". Depending on how they are feeling, students come up to the IWB and add a smily face on their avatar (smily faces have been copied at the bottom of the page for easy access). Extension can be added with pourquoi/parceque options on the side of the page as well.

  • From Laurence:
Laurence showed us some Interactive Literacy activities that she uses with her primary Immersion classes that we can adapt.One of these activities was call" qu'est-ce qui se cache derrière la boite noire?": Laurence hides the front cover of a book with black shapes until the all page is black. Students make random suggestions (in French!). Then one tiny element is revealed and students are encouraged to continue guessing. Step by step, the whole cover is revealed, focussing on title, author, illustrator, editor as well. Another one, called "le son en commun", showed plenty of objet with a similar sound but with different spelling, and when you click on the picture, the word appears (for exemple -s, -ss, -c, ç,...).Laurence has kindly offered to share her work here but you will need Activinspire or Activstudio to open these documents (not Smartboard). I will try to work out how to use the same idea with Smartboard (Something to do with an "action" button...!) and will let you know...Unless someone else already knows!

  • From Myriam:
Hours of fun with the Bomb-timer of the game called "Pass the Bomb".(you can find it online here). I call it "passe la bombe": Students are sitting in a cercle. One student presses the timer which start ticking and passes the bomb to next student with a French word (with right pronunciation, loud voice). Words can not be repeated (other students have to say "Déjà dit" when a word is repeated). Game continues until the bomb "explodes". Student holding the bomb is out but stays in the circle and continues passing the bomb, expect he/she can sit with his/her legs out or his/her back to the circle. Repeat process until one student is left! (if you ever get there!!). After the bomb has exploded, words can be used again but only once, in the next round.
Also, when you need flashcards on any topic, before investing in those French language ones that are pretty expensive, try a few ESL website, such as ESLflashcards.com or MES-ENGLISH.com. There are plenty of them on the web, just type ESL flashcards in your search engine. Some of them have English words on them that you can hide, others come blank.

French Teachers conference.
Friday 23rd September (8.30 - 4.30) and Saturday 24th September (8.30-4.30) at CTL
See conference resources under "French Conference 2011".

Cooking lesson