There are five units in this module. These are outlined below.
Unit 1 – Saying where you live and what nationality you are
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say where they live and what nationality they are.
Most students will be able to talk about and recognise other countries/nationalities.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to use 3rd person singular to describe where other people live and what nationality they are.
Key vocabulary: j’habite en/au = I live in; je suis = I am
Key grammar: gender with nationalities
Unit 2 – Talking about brothers and sisters
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say if they have any brothers or sisters.
Most students will be able to use plurals correctly.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to extend their sentences about brothers and sisters by using possessive adjectives.
Key vocabulary: As-tu des frères et soeurs? = Have you any brothers or sisters?; J’ai un/une… = I have 1…; Je n’ai pas de frères et soeurs = I don’t have any brothers or sisters; Je suis fils/fille unique = I am an only child.
Key grammar: possessive adjectives
Unit 3 – Talking about pets
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say if they have a pet or not.
Most students will be able to use the plural form of the noun.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to use plurals and say what animal they prefer.
Key vocabulary: J’ai = I have; Je n’ai pas de/d’ = I don’t have; Je préfère le/la/l’/les – list of pets
Key grammar: definite article : le/la/l’/les plural form of nouns
Unit 4 – Talking about what you look like
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say what hair and eye colour they have.
Most students will also be able to say what their hair style is and use some of AVOIR correctly.
Some learners will have progressed further and will confidently use AVOIR to describe other people’s hair/eye colour.
Key vocabulary: les yeux = eyes; les cheveux = hair; bruns, noirs, noisette, blond, châtains, roux, bleus
Unit 5 – Saying how tall you are and what you are like
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say what height they are and use one adjective to describe themselves.
Most students will be able to describe themselves and at least one other person.
Some learners will have progressed further and will confidently use être to describe other people and can understand when to correctly use adjectival agreements.
Key vocabulary: grand, petit, de taille moyenne (including feminine forms) = tall, small, average; personality adjectives
Key grammar: être (singular forms) & adjectival agreements
There are frequent vocabulary tests throughout each unit and a common assessment at the end of the module.
How to help your child
Please use the vocabulary on this unit under the homework on the website to support your child’s work at home. Please test your child on the related vocab, orally and/or in writing. Encourage your child to use the sound files underneath the vocab files. They should listen and repeat several times. Please encourage your child to do learning on a little and often basis as this is the most effective strategy for learning vocab. Please encourage your child to use a dictionary or online dictionary such as www.wordreference.com to check the meaning of words in their homework book and NOTE this on the text. Encourage your child not to rush their written work but to check all language carefully, using model texts and a dictionary. It is best not to leave homework until the night before it is due in, in case there are difficulties or questions the teacher could answer. Useful supporting material can be found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ , french%20resources%20_my%20family and on http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html which is a free online resource available after 4pm and before 9am and weekends.
Click here for all the vocab for this unit:
Click here for soundfiles to support learning and revision:
This should help students to revise for the end of the half term test on “Describing me and where I live” in listening and reading skills.