We have three weeks of school in December, and out of fifteen school days we will probably get to French lessons on about twelve of them. So: the twelve days of French. Workbook pages refer to Complete French Smart 7 (Popular Book Company (Canada) Ltd.); supplements are online resources or books we have on hand.
Day 1 Page 40 Party vocabulary: food, amusements
1. Read the birthday party deal at the Mont
Cascades Waterpark. Pretend the brochure is available only in French and your parent does
not read French. Explain what is included in the package.
2. In the workbook, copy out the food words.
How do you say "a slice of pizza?"
3. Use the white Larousse picture dictionary,
page 40, the large illustration of a party. Locate the person wearing un chapeau de fête.
Count les ballons (in French). Count les cadeaux. What are
they planning to use for la musique? What are the words for
birthday and party? How do you say "we are going to the
party?" How do you say "throw a party," "let's
start the party!" and "a surprise party?"
(workbook page 44) How do you say "happy birthday?"
4. In the
workbook, copy the party words.
For fun: L'anniversaire d'Arthur, part 1 (French version of a CD-Rom we used to have)
Day 2 Page 41 Party vocabulary: supplies
1. Collect a pile of real objects: plates,
cutlery, napkins, glasses. Play a sort of Simon Says with them:
touche les assiettes, etc. (Notice that these are all plural
forms.) Be able to name each object, then add the word "jetable" (disposable) to each one. Then add a camera, batteries, and
candles to the mix.
Practice the vocabulary.
2. In the workbook, copy the supply list.
Review the meaning of "des."
3. Review: On the Mont Cascades website (from
yesterday), find the menu page for school groups. You need to choose the lunch option for your
Which one do you think most of the students will
Day 3 Page 42 Ce, cet, cette, ces
1. Read through the explanation of these
words. Go back through the food list, adding "I like this
--" or "I like these --" each time. Repeat, using "Do you like this --?"
2. Do the written exercises in the workbook.
3. Extra vocabulary: learn the expressions
for "this year," "we can." Make up sentences
in this pattern: "This year we can send a card (envoyer une
carte) to Grandmother." "This Christmas we can send a
present to Cousin Suzanne."
4. Begin learning the song "Voici Noël."
Day 4 Page 43 Using ci and là
1. Review the work with ce, cette etc. Say
that you would like that dress, those games, those disposable
forks, that pizza.
2. Read through the use of ci and là (these ones here are mine, those ones
there are yours).
Do the workbook exercise.
the completed exercise out loud for pronunciation practice.
Practice "Voici Noël."
Day 5 Page 44 Fill in the blanks story (about a party) based on grammar
1. Review expressions "à
moi," "à toi." (mine, yours). Practice saying
things like "This dress is mine," "That balloon is
yours." There is another way to say "mine" (le
mien): explanation here.
colour words to sentences, to say things like "This yellow
dress is mine," "That blue balloon is yours."
3. Review ci and là,
using the expressions for "these () are mine, these () are
the pronunciation and meanings of the following list: ses;
ces; sa; son; ce; c'est; cet; se; cent; sept; cette; ça. Some of them sound the same, but they mean different things.
working through the story, filling in the blanks.
Day 6 Page 45 Sentences to translate
1. Finish the exercise on page 44 if necessary, or go through the answers as a review.
2. Treat page 45 as a mini test: can you do it
on your own?
Day 7 Page 46 Time adverbs; next, last
1. Practice the time adverbs by answering
questions such as "How often do you eat candy?" "How often do you brush your teeth?" Answer
with "never," "rarely,"
sometimes," "often," "always."
souvent à la piscine? (Are you often going to the swimming
régulièrement (Yes, regularly)
oui? À quelle fréquence? (Really? How often?)
fois par semaine (Twice a week)
2. That little section at the bottom of the
page: these are adjectives, not adverbs. Practice combining them
with words for week, year: last year, etc.
3. Chorus to sing: "Hier, aujourd'hui,
demain." (Chorus book p.4--French version of "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow")
Day 8 Page 47 Place adverbs, manner adverbs
1. Study the vocabulary on page 47. Review
expressions "Comment ça
va?" "Ça va bien." "Ça va mal."
2. Make up sentences with "He plays, "I
play," We play," plus the adverbs for together, alone,
badly, slowly, etc.
3. Play a game: One person sings a song
(O Canada, or "Voici Noël").
The other person directs in French: "Sing quickly." "Sing
slowly." "Sing badly." "Let's sing together." "Sing alone."
Day 9 Page 48 Using place adverbs correctly
Fill in the
Day 10 Page 49 Answering questions with adverbs
Day 11 Page 50 Time agreement of verbs with adverbs
(present or near future)
1. Verb review first! Present tense of -er and -re verbs, and irregular verbs, especially aller. Use aller to
indicate futur proche.
2. Go through the exercise, noting only which
sentences require present tense and which ones require futur
3. Go through the sentences again, conjugating
Day 12 Page 51 Using near future when expressing an
upcoming event with "dans"
1. Review present tense of aller
2. Practice these types of sentences orally.
When are you going to send your Christmas cards? I am going to
send my cards in a week. When are you going to telephone your
grandmother? I am going to phone her in an hour. When are we
going to open our gifts? We are going to open them on Christmas day.
3. Do the workbook page.
4. Watch Sol and the Christmas Tree: OR Choose an episode of Arthur to watch in French
on Youtube.(search for Arthur and Diminou--Diminou is D.W.)