I’ve just come across a fantastic series of videos about regions in France produced by SNCF voyages courtesy of the J’aime le français page on Facebook. There are over 100 short videos most lasting under 4 minutes which cover the length and breadth of France. Some are a “visite guidée” to a town or region, so obviously tie in very well with any travel, tourism and holiday related lesson, but there are a surprising number of other videos that relate to other themes:
- Shopping – this video introduces viewers to Isabelle, a “personal shopper” at the Galeries Lafayette and to the language to talk about your clothes. It then moves to a boutique which sells some pretty wacky glasses and shoes, amongst other things, and finally it looks at some areas of Paris with small “trendy” individual shops.
- Green tourism – in this series of videos a number of personalities (the singer Nolwenn Leroy, the chef Alain Passard, and the explorer Nicolas Vanier) explain what “green tourism” means for them.
- Food – Un week-end gastronomique introduces some of the specialities from Lyon and sees the presenter in the kitchen!
And so much more….
These short videos can be exploited in a number or ways, some of which need not involve too much preparation beyond familiarising yourself briefly with the content beforehand:
- Give pupils a list of some words in French which appear in the video but which are new to them and which could be useful; get the pupils to put up their hands whenever they hear one of these words
- Give pupils a short list of words from the video, ask them if they can work out the meaning from the context
- Choose a few key words from the video, get pupils to put them in the order in which they hear them
- Pupils jot down words as they watch the video – these could either ones they can work out from the context, or ones they want to know the meaning of
- To gauge pupils’ level of overall comprehension – give them a series of true/statements to which they respond on mini whiteboards – these statement could be in English or French
- More advanced pupils could make up their own questions in French about what they have seen, or produce a brief oral or written summary