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Teaching objectives:

Children will learn some classroom nouns; they will respond to the question 'What is it?'

New language content:

Qu'est-ce que c'est? - What is it?
C'est une fille - It's a girl
C'est un garçon - It's a boy
C'est une table - It's a table
C'est une chaise - It's a chair
C'est un livre - It's a book
C'est un bonbon - It's a sweet
Merci - Thank you

Previous knowledge:
This section builds on greetings and numbers to twelve.

  • Nouns can be compared in English and French (and other languages)
  • En France introduces Happy Birthday - Joyeux Anniversaire. Children in France traditionally also celebrate their name day, when the greeting should be Bonne Fête.
  • From now on sing Joyeux Anniversaire to the tune of Happy Birthday, when a child in the class has a birthday. You may prefer to use Bonne Fête, as this can be used more easily to incorporate the child's name while still using the Happy Birthday tune, e.g. Bonne Fête, Marie.
  • Play a Yes/No guessing game: have some classroom objects present-wrapped or concealed in a box. A child holds one of the items; the class call the question Qu'est-ce que c'est? and when the child answers the class must decide if the answer given is the truth; if they guess incorrectly the child can have another turn.
  • Use the names of the nouns whenever possible in daily classroom life, introducing new nouns as needed, one or two at a time.
Printable stuff:
  • Prepare children for the game Liar! - Menteur! by ensuring that they are familiar with the text form of the nouns. Emphasise that fille and bonbons have silent endings.
  • Incorporate politeness, using words such as Merci, into the daily routine.
  • Genders of nouns are alluded to in the backgrounds of the cartoons. Those teachers who feel confident in exploring this further could have an activity for sorting nouns into masculine and feminine, eg into coloured boxes or on the OHP.
  • Begin an IT wordbank of classroom nouns.
  • Following on from En France, children could list and illustrate other sports they like - use a bilingual dictionary to find new words, when necessary.
  • Make new cards for the printable game, displaying other objects.