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A description of the festival of laughter which takes place every summer in France. The main event of the festival is the evening show. An example of one of Molière's productions is shown. Illustrates the success of the productions, which make fun of human nature. This attracts people because it makes them laugh.
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11 September 2008

Classroom Ideas

Could be used as an introduction to the tradition of summer festivals in France. The example given is that of the small festival of laughter, which happens near Toulouse every year. This could initially lead to a discussion of festivals and the difference between French and English festivals, which tend to be music based. The more precise listening activity could be done as a cloze activity, which could lead onto the pupils designing an advertising poster (as discussed by one of the organisers in the clip) to revise the 'on peut' and positive, emphatic or superlative opinions.