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Using French to enable learners to get to know each other and the tutor. Setting the standard for the course by getting learners comfortable with interaction and communicating in French.


Complete list of class members for each learner.

1 With a confident learner or using visual aids, demonstrate a conversation similar to the one below.

Tutor Bonjour / Bonsoir* Monsieur / Madame* (*as appropriate)
Learner Bonjour / Bonsoir.
Tutor Je suis . . .  Comment vous appelez-vous?
Learner (Je m'appelle) . . .
Tutor Enchanté.
Learner Enchanté.

2 Encourage learners to circulate and, using the conversation as a model, to greet the other members of the group individually and introduce themselves, shaking hands as they say Enchanté(e). Ask them to tick on their list the names of the people they meet. Make sure they initiate some converstions and respond to others.

In a very large class where talking to everyone would take too long, the activity can be limited to finding, for example, 10 people on the list.



Practising Vous êtes?, je suis, Oui, Non and familiarising learners with the sounds and spellings of French.

Worksheet in Acrobat Reader format (183 bytes)

List of French names, divided into groups of four or five, headed A, B, etc. (or use names from pages 8-13).
Individual slips of paper with one of the names on each.

1 Give each learner a slip of paper with a name on it and a complete list of names. Set the scene by telling them that the individual name is their own name, that they are at a reception in France, and that on the list are the names of the other guests, grouped according to a table plan. Their objective is to find their name on the list and then, speaking French, to find the others on their table.

2 Practise pronouncing the names (on OHP) with the whole group then allow a few minutes for learners to practise in pairs or groups of three.

3 Learners circulate and use Comment vous appelez-vous? or Vous êtes . . . ? to find the other people in their group. They answer Je m'appelle . . . or Je suis . . .  + their assumed name, depending on the question. Encourage them to say Excusez-moi Monsieur / Madame when they approach someone and Enchanté when they find the others in their group.

4 If a small group activity is planned next, learners could stay in these groups, thus ensuring the opportunity of working with a variety of people.



Giving open-ended practice of the key phrases and adding an element of unpredictability.

Worksheet in Acrobat Reader format (183 bytes)

Pack of 24 cards per group of four or five learners. Each card is marked with a time of day and a symbol for greeting or goodbye; a few cards in the pack have a symbol for both greeting and goodbye.


Photcopy onto card two A4 sheets per group, cut into cards and shuffle.

1 Divide learners into groups of four or five and give each group a pack of cards (24).

2 The cards are put face down on the table in a pack and each learner in turn takes a card, using it as a cue to address their left-hand neighbour who responds appropriately, e.g.

Bonsoir, Monsieur - Bonsoir, Madame.

A card with two symbols is a signal to engage in as full as conversation as possible. Below are two examples of how a conversation might develop.

Bonsoir (name)
Ça va?
Ça va merci.
Au revoir.
Au revoir.
Bonne nuit.
Bonjour, Monsieur . . .  vous êtes?
Je m'appelle . . .
Je suis . . .

4 Encourage them to build up speed as they gain confidence.




Saying and understanding the numbers 0-10.



One person shows a number using his/her hands and the partner says the number as quickly as possible. Repeat ten times then change roles. Encourage them to do this quickly.

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