Chapitre 1 - Une amie et un ami


In this unit, we are learning to describe ourselves as well as a friend using the singular forms of the verb être, descriptive adjectives and the definite (le, la, l' ), and indefinite articles (un, une). Also we will find out where people are from and say their nationality. We will engage in conversation and obtain information, and exchange opinions!!


Learning Expectations:

By the end of this unit, we’ll be able to:

  • orally describe ourselves in complete sentences, including physical characteristics and personality traits
  • write a paragraph describing ourselves
  • read and demonstrate understanding of a paragraph about another person
  • listen and demonstrate understanding of a description of another person   


Météo 2017 - La Championne!!

posted Jan 21, 2018, 3:59 PM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 5:48 PM ]

Championne 2017 - Izzy!!


Le 26 février - 2 mars - Revue et Grande Interro

posted Feb 3, 2017, 5:26 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Feb 14, 2018, 5:35 AM ]


I think that everybody est content(e) because  we've finished chapter 1 except for the dreaded Grande Interro.  The unit test will be given over 2 days:

Listening & Composition Feb 27-28 
WrittenMarch 1-2

In order to prepare, I would suggest that you take the following steps (in this order):

  1. Listen to the podcast: Chap1_Revision in order to refresh your memory.
  2. Go over your notes and/or Chapter 1.
  3. Go over the various online help available on the web page.
  4. Do the online practice test and look at the results so you know where you need to concentrate your study effort.
  5. Do the practice test at the end of your homelearning packet.
It is also a good idea to go over the other podcast so you can "tune" your ear to listening to French speaker.

Le 8-12 janvier - Vocabulaire 1

posted Dec 17, 2016, 4:06 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 9:18 AM ]

This week, we will  learn about the new vocabulary words from the first few pages of chapter 1.

We will look at more vocabulary from pages 18 & 19 in chapter 1.  


The best way to memorize new vocabulary is to go through flashcards and use these words in sentences.  Flashcards are available in the online help section of this web page.  You can practice using the words by doing the exercises on pages 20 & 21 in chapter 1 and page 1 and 2 of the homelearning packet.


We will have a petite interro covering the second set of vocabulary words (from pages 18 & 19 in the chapter) next week.

Le 12-16 février - Le verbe être et révision!!

posted Jan 31, 2016, 3:16 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 7:14 AM ]


Je suis intelligente!!

Last week, we learned to conjugate the verb être in the present tense (singular only), both affirmative and negative. 

We will have a petite interro on the use of the verb être (affirmative and negative) then we will then start the review of the chapter to prepare for the grande interro!!  In order to get ready for the grande interro, you will want to check out the podcast: Chap1_Revision as well as play the many web-based games that I have listed on the Chapitre 1 page.

Le 5-9 février - le verbe être

posted Jan 22, 2016, 4:40 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 5:22 AM ]

Last week we talked about how adjectives agree with the gender of a noun. This week
 we will learn about the verb être (to be).

This is how you conjugate the verb to be in the present:

 to be être négatif
 I am Je suis Je ne suis pas
 You are Tu es Tu n'es pas
 He/She/One is Il/Elle/On est Il/Elle/On n'est pas

We will look at the verb être (to be) and create some simple sentences. Homelearning: In order to practice the use of the verb être, complete page 7 and the podcasts, Activités 12 & 15 on page A7 of the Homelearning Packet.

Le 29 janvier - 2 février - Les adjectifs

posted Jan 15, 2016, 2:14 PM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Jan 27, 2018, 2:36 AM ]

Great picture of our "new" French teacher, Grace, who did a good job reviewing articles and handling a tough crowd!!

Last week we talked about how adjectives agree with the gender of a noun. This is something that we’ve been talking about since our story of Le Tigre so it should go smoothly. In order to practice this, please complete page 6 and the podcast - Activité 10 on page A7. 

Le 22-26 janvier - Les articles au singulier

posted Jan 10, 2016, 4:11 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 4:24 AM ]

This week, we will learn
 about articles used in French.

Articles in French include un and une ("a" or "an" in English) and le, la and l' ("the" in English)

Un and une are indefinite articles.  You use un when the noun that accompanies it is masculine and you use une when the noun that accompanies it is feminine. 

 Masculine Feminine
 un ami une amie
 un frère une soeur
 un collège une école

Le, la and l' are definite articles.  You use le when the noun that accompanies it is masculine and you use la when the noun that accompanies it is feminine. Note:  You use l' when the next word starts with a vowel (or silent h - like l'hiver).  Here are some examples:

 Masculine Feminine
 le garçon la fille
 le frère la soeur
 l'ami l'amie

Soon we will have a petite interro.  It will cover the articles that I just described above (found on pages 26 & 27 in the chapter).  In order to prepare for the quiz, please complete page 5 and podcasts 8 & 9 on page A6 of the homelearning packet.

Le 15-18 janvier - Vocabulaire 2

posted Jan 1, 2016, 3:47 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Jan 12, 2018, 5:29 AM ]

We will start the week with a review of Vocabulaire 1 followed by petite interro.

As we have learned, adjectives in French change depending on whether it is describing nouns. Nouns in French are either masculine or feminine (except for professions which can be either). It’s the noun that dictates whether the adjective and article (likeun/une or le/la) becomes masculine or feminine. This week, we will continue learning this concept.  We will look at more vocabulary from pages 22 & 23 in chapter 1.  


The best way to memorize new vocabulary is to go through flashcards and use these words in sentences.  Flashcards are available in the online help section of this web page.  You can practice using the words by doing the exercises on pages 24 & 25 in chapter 1 and page 3 of the homelearning packet.


We will have a petite interro covering the second set of vocabulary words (from pages 22 & 23 in the chapter) next week.

Le 2-5 janvier - Vocabulaire 1

posted Nov 20, 2013, 4:13 PM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 3:01 AM ]

This week, we will start by learning the first set of vocabulary words in our new unit. It is important that you download the chapter (under Chapters) from the website and put it in Notability. It will help you with your homelearning and studying for your quizzes and test.


It is also important that you download the packet (also under Homelearning Packets) and put it in Notability.

The packet has three sections:


1. Worksheets

2. Podcast activity pages (page numbers will start with an “A”)

3. Practice test - to be done at the end of the unit to prepare for the unit test.


You will see that you have everything that you need to succeed - even if you miss a class. The weekly entries will tell you what we are doing, the downloadable chapter will guide you, the homework packet will allow you to keep up with your homelearning and the podcasts will allow you to do your listening assignments.


Finally, feel free to try all the FREE online games and resources available in the Online Practice section.


First, let's sing a song about three little chickens!!


Afterwards, we are going to learn about describing people!  You will want to complete page 1 of the Homelearning Packet to help you better learn the new vocabulary.

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