1st year to 3rd year
As you are new to French, you might feel at times a bit lost in class. Here are a few phrases which you will hear in class :
Asseyez-vous ! - Sit down!
Levez-vous ! - Stand up!
Recitons la prière - Let's say the prayer
Ouvrez - Open
Fermez - Close
Un cahier - a copy
Le livre - the book
Lisez - Read
Ecrivez - Write
Ecoutez - Listen
Répondez aux questions - Answer the questions
Corrigez - Correct
Soulignez - Underline
Entourez - Circle
Reliez - Link up
Mettez-vous en paires / par deux - Get into pairs
Mettez-vous en groupes de trois - Get into groups of three
Ouvrez à la page 14 - Open page 14
Les devoirs - homework
Le cahier de texte - The journal
Apprenez - Learn
Rédigez - Write up
Faites - Do
Prenez - Take
Regardez ! - Look
A la maison
Sometimes you might find that you do not know where to start with your homework, here are a few tips:
- Remember that homework is there to help you learn and revise what was done in class.
- When your homework is learning the meaning of the words:
1) Read aloud several times the words with their meanings;
2) Ask someone at home to ask you the meaning of the words or write out the words, close your copy, and write down the meanings, check with your copy if you were right.
3) You can also use an app like Quizlet (it is free) to test yourself.
- When your homework is learning the spelling of the words:
1) Practice writing out the words (maybe 5 or 10 times on a rough sheet) or practice spelling the words out loud;
2) Take a rough sheet and test yourself;
3) Correct your "test" with your copy;
4) if you still have mistakes concentrate on words you got wrong and continue testing yourself.
5) Again Quizlet can help you test your spelling.
Remember to do it a couple of times during the week. Learning takes more than one day!
- When your homework is writing a paragraph:
1) Read the question carefully;
2) Write down a few ideas you want to mention;
3) Make a list of vocabulary you will need;
4) Think what tense you need to use (are you talking in the past, future, present?);
5) Write your paragraph;
6) Leave the paragraph for a little while - maybe do another subject's homework;
7) Read over your paragraph: check spelling of words and
8) Check what you had to improve from your previous written pieces. A mistake made before should not reappear in future pieces.
- When you are writing a letter or a postcard: Follow the same as above but remember to tick all points to make sure you included everything and don't forget the format:
Date on top righthand corner - Place where you are written from, le number month;
The correct cher/chère;
Ending: grosses bises, amitiés for example.
Pour les examens