Schools - French Language Lab


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Numbers 32 - 60

Teaching objectives:

Children will learn the numbers thirty-two to sixty.

New language content:

trente-neuf - thirty-nine
quarante - forty
quarante et un - forty-one
quarante-cinq - forty-five
cinquante - fifty
cinquante et un - fifty-one
cinquante-cinq - fifty-five
soixante - sixty

Previous Knowledge:

This section builds on numbers to thirty-one and reinforces some letters of the alphabet and previously learned conversational language.

  • A selection of the numbers from 32-60 are provided as the children should have progressed to understanding how to extrapolate the remaining numbers, as needed, using the pattern provided combined with previously learned numbers.
  • The children can compare the differences between modern and traditional French houses and their counterparts in the British Isles.
  • Milou is a typical French dog's name, an equivalent of Fido, see En France.
  • Allô is only used in French as a greeting when answering the phone, see En France.
  • Class Game - Mon Addresse: give each child a 'French address' - use one or two street names and numbers up to 60, e.g. 59, Avenue Foch. Give each child a simplified town plan. To play the game the teacher calls out an address, the child at that address calls Bonjour! and the teacher then greets the child by name, while the other children write that child's name in the appropriate house on their plan - you will need to allow time for the children to find this. Continue in this way until the plan is complete.
  • Variation: Telephone directory [l'Annuaire or Mon numéro de téléphone]: Give each child a telephone number (long or short) in pairs of numbers in the French manner, e.g. 43 55 [26 60]. Give each child a sheet of paper with all the numbers in the class listed down the left-hand side. To play the game the teacher calls out a number and the child with that number replies Allô, oui? The teacher then greets the child by name, while the other children write that child's name next to the appropriate number on their sheet. Continue in this way until the 'telephone directory' is complete. [Note: The area codes in France, if you wish to include them, now start with 01, 02, etc., according to region.]
  • More maths: use Ça fait combien? [How much does that come to?] or identify individual numbers in more complicated calculations. Mathematical terms are often similar in both languages, e.g. l'addition, la multiplication, la division, la soustraction [subtraction]; la géométrie - un carré [a square], une ovale, un triangle, etc.
Printable Stuff - Number Loto [Bingo]:
  • To prepare for this activity ensure that the children have become familiar with the text versions of numbers to sixteen. To give support during the game, display the numbers on OHP, whiteboard or poster, ticking them off as they are called.
  • The game sheet can be used in at least two ways: either, give each child a paper copy of the sheet, and allow them to choose a grid or 'card' on which to cross off the numbers, or photocopy the sheet onto card and then cut into separate 'cards', distributing one or two 'cards' to each child in the group.
  • Reinforce use of the third person, using il/elle s'appelle..... (see En France).
  • Incorporate saying addresses in conversation practice. Provide children with their own numbers in French as necessary, helping the class to work out higher numbers by showing the lexical links, e.g. 75 = 60 + 15 = soixante-quinze.