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Friday French 2 Recap

Merci à tous d’être venus cette semaine.  On Friday we reviewed
expressions that use faire.  Then we did an exercise in pairs where each
group chose a photo from a selection, discussed the scene in the photo
and wrote a brief narrative about it to share with the class.  Everybody
was very creative and did a wonderful job.  Next week we’ll be
reviewing the past tense.

I also reminded everyone about the Professeur Gamberge videos that you can find on YouTube.fr.  Just search
that name and you’ll find at least a dozen choices.  This is a series of brief (approximately 2 mins. each) cartoons that air on Saturday
morning cartoons in France.  They’re of an educational nature such as “Why are the oceans salty?” or “What are meteorites?” I find that the
dialogues are full of good vocab and they speech is very clear so they can be very helpful for listening comprehension for intermediate and
advanced students.  Students tell me that watching one through three times in a row is usually helpful for getting the most out of it.

French 2a Thursdays 6:30-7:30

Recap: We went over Birthdays!

C’est quand ton anniversaire?/Ton anniversaire c’est quand?

Mon anniversaire est le… 8 mai 1985 (huit mai, mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-cinq.)

Quand est l’anniversaire de ta mère ?

L’anniversaire de ma mère est le 11 novembre 1957 (onze novembre dix-neuf cent cinquante-sept)

Nous avons chanté la chanson Joyeux Anniversaire (pour la prononciation bien sûr!J )

Devoirs (home ‘fun’): qu’est-ce que tu as fait le weekend passé ?

En utilisation des verbes « d’être »  DR. & MRS. VANDERTRAMP



eg : Ce weekend je suis retournée chez moi. Je suis allée faire des courses avec mon copain et après nous sommes allés au cinéma.

French 1: Les cornichons!

Merci aux étudiants pour un leçon encore réussi! We had a great time listening to and deciphering the lyrics of “Les Cornichons” by Nino Ferrer. You can listen too, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj8inmOKSUg&feature=related.

If you missed the class on Friday, take a look at the lyrics and see if you can figure out all the food words by clicking here. OR you can come to class on Tuesday (1-2 in B107) where we’ll be working with the song again!

Don’t forget to look up more food words at home (using wordreference.com) and write a comment on this post telling us your favorite food!

Lost in Paris

Just in case you didn’t have enough reasons to study French and travel to Paris, this article gives you a couple more lovely ones…



French 2 on Friday

Thanks to all who came on Friday to class.  Recap: we discussed the ways to form questions in French and practiced a little with a fun game of matching questions with the appropriate answers. Then we reviewed some food vocab and listened to Les Cornichons de Nino Ferrer.  You can watch a fun youtube video of the song here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj8inmOKSUg&feature=related  The last activity was using the food vocab to practice asking and answering questions. Watch for my email next week for what we’ll be doing next Friday.  Bon weekend à tous!


French 1: Poser les Questions

Bonjour à tous! I’m glad we had so many new faces in the Friday class this week. As usual, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at becky.bierman@gmail.com.

Voici les diapositives d’aujourd’hui.

For your “home-fun” for the week, we’re going to have a little chain reaction in the comments below. I will ask a question. The first person to respond should answer my question, and then ask another question. The next person should answer the question above, and then ask another and so on and so on…

Je vais commencer…

Salut tout le monde!
I would like to extend my gratitude to those students that came to our first BUILD class. I was so happy to see all seven of your faces and I really look forward to the semester to come!

A little recap of last Thursday:
We introduced our selves in an open brise glace with these questions: Build Brise Glace


We also filled this out: BUILD class 1

Considerations for this week’s class (Thursday October 6th at 6:30)

Real life” Introductions/Discussions:

Think about what ways you would like to know how to introduce yourself to real people. Outside of the classroom, or in “real-life” situations we don’t usually ramble off a list of things we do and or are interested in right off the bat. We usually covertly say these types of things through a conversation: “Oh you like cats? I have two cats! Their names are Rufus and Logan…” This task not only requires listening comprehension but on the spot problem solving. However, we don’t always have to tie connections. The simplest way for someone to get to know you is for them to ask you questions and vice-versa.Possible questions:

  • Salut/Bonjour, je m’appelle Kasey.

Yes this is not a question but it implies a response of your own name 🙂 .

  • Qu’est que tu/vous fais/faites dans le vie?

This question is seems like it’s open to interpretation but usually means what do you do for a living: work/student etc….

  • Qu’est ce que tu/vous fais/faites ici?

This question comes up a lot while abroad since when you’re staying somewhere for an extended period of time its often not just for leisure.

  • Qu’est que tu/vous aimes/aimez faire?
  • Où est ce que tu/vous as/avez grandi?

Where did you grow up?

French 1 – Two classes bien réussis!

Merci bien to all those who came out for French 1 this week. As I explained in both classes, we have two sections this semester for French 1. Ça serait GÉNIAL if you could come out to both each week. As always with language, the more you practice, the better!

This week, in both sections, we went over introductions. The slides that I used during class can be found here. Let me know if you have any questions or can’t access the slides (you can post a comment here, or e-mail me at becky.bierman@gmail.com).

Keep practicing introductions for next week, when we’ll expand on the vocabulary a bit. To practice, try listening to the vocabulary we learned, as well as other vocabulary, at this audio dictionary. Start thinking more about French pronunciation, and what sounds are distinct from English sounds.

See you next week, Tuesday at 1 in B107, or Friday at 1 in B207!

Friday’s French 2 Class

Merci d’être venus! Thanks to everyone who came to my class today.  Eveyone was great and I hope you had fun.  Just to review today’s class, we did introductions, filled out a survey, watched Flight of the Conchords Foux de Fa Fa on YouTube and talked about it, and we listened to Grand Corps Malade’s Voyages en Train while reading along with the lyrics.  You can watch the video here on YouTube also.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBVaLWk7jsk  It’s really interesting to watch him.  As a little bit of homework, I asked students to underline a few words in the lyrics from the song and we can use them to do an activity next week to build some vocab.  A vendredi prochaine!  Leslie

Aux Champs Elysées (badadadada!)

A fun way to enjoy Joe Dassin’s classic French song about the most famous street in Paris is through this cute little youtube clip:

We had a great time singing along and deciphering the lyrics this week in French II. Come join us next week in A203 at 1:00!

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