French modal verbs and question forming

Some French resources you may find useful for question forming using "est-ce que". The examples all use modal verbs - so any infinitive can be added to make a complete question. But the same structure would also apply to questions in present and other tenses.

I read an interesting blog post about the fact that language learners are used to answering questions but not so used to asking them. See: http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/jason_renshaws_web_log/2011/01/when-answering-is-only-half-the-potential-of-a-question.html

7 pdfs below. 

TaskMagic3 extended trial for PGCE students / trainee teachers (2016-2017)

For the past few years we've run a "TaskMagic3PGCE extended trial", where TaskMagic has worked with university PGCE tutors to provide trainees with a free version of the TaskMagic software.

We're doing it again this year :0)

BUT... some thoughts for you to consider if you are an ITT provider:

  • Introducing PGCE students to TaskMagic works best if you can spend some time demonstrating its usefulness, rather than just saying "here's a free download you can get - go and try it out".
  • It may even be best to save it until later in the course, once students have spent a bit of time teaching.
  • Very often PGCE students do not know enough about the ins and outs of preparing lessons, differentiation, getting the most from existing resources, exploiting texts etc... to be able to appreciate just how much a tool such as TaskMagic can do and just what a time-saver it can be.
  • What we certainly do NOT want is for PGCE students to have a negative or indifferent experience with TaskMagic which causes them to dismiss it, having failed to grasp what it's all about.
  • So please - pretty please - spend a bit of time looking at what it can do. See the TaskMagic website; this TaskMagic blog which is packed full of resources.

Thank you for your understanding. Please read on for more details:

French "sort-of" synonyms - for GCSE reading / listening

Some matching resources based on 75 pairs of sort-of synonyms in French.

These are often the sorts of things used in GCSE French reading and listening papers to catch students out.

Here is the TaskMagic3 Text Match file shown in the image above (this requires you to have TaskMagic3):

And some TaskMagic pdf worksheets:

¿Quieres salir conmigo? Spanish mini-story

These resources are based on a short story about asking someone to go out / arranging to go out, with lots of high frequency expressions.

The text practises the following:

(no) quiero / quieres / quiere + inf   (+?s)
(no) me / te / le gusta + inf   (+?s)
porque
así que
voy / va / van
está + feeling
es + description
conmigo / contigo / con él / ella
a few freetime activities
+ lots of other high frequency expressions

Tu veux ... avec moi? (mini story)


These resources are based on a short story about asking someone to go out / arranging to go out, with lots of high frequency expressions.

There are 11 worksheets based on the text itself and 4 based on the vocab. These were printed from TaskMagic3 (Mix&Gap and TextMatch) using http://www.dopdf.com , and combined as 2 pdfs with lots of pages using http://foxyutils.com/mergepdf/

Of course, you would NOT do ALL of these activities, but I've included them all so that you can see what is available.

French Christmas resources - Noël en France (exploiting a short text)


These resources are based on a short text about Christmas in France, which I think came originally from www.languagesonline.org.uk

There are 11 pdf files in all, all printed using dopdf - http://www.dopdf.com

The pdfs are based on a Mix and Gap file containing the text, which is also included below (mtx3). This file provides a wide variety of interactive exercises for use with PCs or with an interactive whiteboard. It requires TaskMagic3. If you haven't got TaskMagic3, you can download a 30-day trial from the TaskMagic website (doesn't require registration or anything - just download and install it).

If you've previously trialled TM3 and would like to trial it again, that's now possible. Also, if you'd like to arrange a longer trial period, that's now possible too. See the information at the bottom of the page at http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/trialdownloads.htm

The screenshot above shows the student front page for the file in TaskMagicPlay. In TaskMagic, each of the little thumbnails links to a different interactive exercise.

Here is the Mix&Gap file (requires TaskMagic3):

And here are the pdf worksheets: