Vocabulary to Teach Students – Common Expressions Said in Class

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A lot of students struggle with speaking in French.

I think this is because many teachers don’t teach students the most common vocabulary they should be using in class right away.

You should aim to teach students this vocabulary as early as possible.

What I mean is, how is a student supposed to know how to ask you to go to the washroom, or to get something, or to go somewhere in French if they have not been introduced?

The way I like to do it is by giving them a vocabulary list and having them practice in class.

Sometimes, I give them a vocabulary list and have them translate it themselves. You can choose!

Here are some examples of extremely common expressions said in class:

  1. Can I go… – Est-ce que je peux aller…
  2. Can I have… –  Est-ce que je peux avoir…
  3. Can I eat… – Est-ce que je peux manger…
  4. Hello – Bonjour
  5. Bye – Au revoir
  6. What is this? Qu’est-ce que c’ est ça?

Of course, there are more, but these are some of the basics.

Try to teach these to your class as well!

Bonne chance!

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M. Lent – For Listening Comprehension

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

Often, teachers don’t practise this with students, as they don’t think that students can handle it. They can, it just needs to be done slowly and methodically. 

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like M. Lent by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like M. Lent since the topic is really simple (A guy that does everything really, really slowly).

There are many pictures in the book as well. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

If you’re finding that students can’t handle a book at this level, try something even simpler, like even younger children’s books. That should help.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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Mme. Bonheur – Helping Students to Understand French Better

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

Often, teachers don’t practise this with students, as they don’t think that students can handle it. They can, it just needs to be done slowly and methodically. 

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like Mme. Bonheur by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like Mme, Bonheur  since the topic is really simple (A lady that is always happy and fixes a sad kingdom’s problem).

There are many pictures in the book as well. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

If you’re finding that students can’t handle a book at this level, try something even simpler, like even younger children’s books. That should help.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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Mme. Coquette – To Help Students Understand French

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

Often, teachers don’t practise this with students, as they don’t think that students can handle it. They can, it just needs to be done slowly and methodically. 

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like Mme. Coquette by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like Mme, Coquette  since the topic is really simple (A lady that is classy in everything).

There are many pictures in the book as well. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

If you’re finding that students can’t handle a book at this level, try something even simpler, like even younger children’s books. That should help.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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M. Formidable – Helping Students with their French Listening

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

Often, teachers don’t practise this with students, as they don’t think that students can handle it. They can, it just needs to be done slowly and methodically. 

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like M. Formidable by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like M. Formidable, since the topic is really simple (A guy is just perfect at everything and shows off).

There are many pictures in the book as well. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

If you’re finding that students can’t handle a book at this level, try something even simpler, like even younger children’s books. That should help.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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M. Parfait – For Listening Comprehension

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like M. Parfait by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like M. Parfait, since the topic is really simple (A guy is just perfect at everything and shows off).

There are many pictures in the book as well. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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Mme. Prudente – A Great Story for Listening Comprehension!

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like Mme. Prudente by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like Mme. Prudente, since the topic is really simple.

There are many pictures in the book as well. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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M. Anniversaire – Helping Students Understand French

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like M. Anniversaire by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like M. Anniversaire, since the topic is really simple.

There are many pictures in the book, and the writing is very simple. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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M. Aventure – A Great Story for Listening Comprehension!

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like M. Aventure by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like M. Aventure, since the topic is really simple and that helps a lot with listening comprehension.

There are many pictures in the book, and the writing is very simple. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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M. Grand 2 – To Help Students Understand French

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Students often struggle with understanding French, especially core French students.

If you want to help students with their listening comprehension, using a story like M. Grand by R. Hargreaves is excellent!

I really like M. Grand, since the topic is really simple (a tall guy has problems because of his height) to further help with listening comprehension.

There are many pictures in the book, and the writing is very simple. 

Source: chapters.com

This helps students that struggle with understanding, as they can use the pictures to help them.

If you want to help students understand even more, read very slowly, and translate after every sentence.

To test student’s comprehension, give them a few simple questions for them to listen for. It is easier if you write the questions in English for core students, though you can write them in French as well in the same phrasing as the story. This will help students to listen for the answers.

If you want to convert the listening assignment to a writing assignment, try having students continue the story, or write a paragraph about it!

Try it!

Bonne Chance!

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