Chapitre 2 - Les cours et les profs

In this unit, we are learning to describe people and things using the plural form of the verb être, descriptive adjectives and the definite (les), and indefinite articles (des). Also we will tell what subjects we take. We will engage in conversation and obtain information, and exchange opinions. 


Learning Expectations:

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

  • ask questions and provide information about school activities and school subjects.
  • express opinions about favorite school subjects.
  • create a school schedule.
  • listen and demonstrate understanding of a another student's schedule.


Le 23-27 avril - La Grande Interro

posted May 2, 2015, 2:44 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 1:20 PM ]

This week is the Grande Interro!!  On Monday/Tuesday, we iwll do the listening portion and review.. On Wednesday/Thuesday, we will do the written portion.  





In order to be best prepared for this unit test, I would:
  • Read over Chapter 2
  • Complete the Homelearning Packet (especially the last two pages)
  • Check out the online help sites listed at the top of the web page
  • Talk to friends and family members in French (ask them about school, subjects and teachers)

Le 9-13 avril - Tu vs Vous

posted Apr 11, 2014, 8:27 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Apr 4, 2018, 10:22 AM ]

Last week, we learned the verb être

We also covered the use of the pronoun vous.  As you know, vous means "you" when you are talking to one or many people about many people (2nd person plural).  It is also used in the second person singular when you are speaking formally.  This could be:
- someone you don't know well
- an older person
- an authority figure
- anyone you want to show respect

You use the informal "you" - tu - when speaking to:
- a friend
- a child
- a relative
- a pet


Here is an example:

 Person English French
 a friend You are shy? Tu es timide?
 Mrs Frere You are shy? Vous êtes timide?

Check out these short videos about le verbe être:

Le verbe être


Le verbe être



We also learned about using on vs nous. On can be used two ways:
  1. It can be used when we are talking about people in general
  2. It is often used to replace nous when you are speaking informally.  It is used more often than nous. Just be careful as it is used in the 3rd person singual even if, technically it is the 1st person plural: On est grands. Nous sommes grands. Check out this cool little video:

Nous vs On


This week, we will finish up the use of tu and vous and read about French being used in the United States!!

Le 2-6 avril - Le pluriel du verbe être

posted Apr 7, 2014, 6:35 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Mar 31, 2018, 4:07 AM ]

Earlier in the year, we learned the verb être (to be) in the singular form:

Je suis I am
 Tu es You are
 Il/elle/on est He/she/one is

Last week we started to cover its plural form:

 Nous sommes We are
 Vous êtes You are
 Ils/elles sont They are

Notice that, in English, we use "are" for all three "persons".  In French, we have a different word for each "person".  For this reason, learning it in French is more difficult.  You must remember that sommes is only used with nous (first person plural), êtes is only used with vous (second person plural) and sont is used with ils, elles or variation such as les filles, Paul et Marie, etc (third person plural).


Remember that you use ils when you are talking about all masculine nouns or a combination of masculine/feminine.  Elles is used only when you are talking about more than one feminine noun.  Example: you can use elles  to replace les écoles: Les écoles sont grandes (Elles sont grandes)  since écoles is a feminine noun and you are talking about more than one (plural).


Here is the  in the negative form:

 Nous ne sommes pas We are not
 Vous n'êtes pas You are not
 Ils/elles ne sont pas They are not


For good practice of the verb être, complete page 15, section 11, all of page 16 and Podcast - Activité 7 on page A11 in your homelearning packet. 

Le 26-30 mars - Le pluriel des noms, articles et adjectifs

posted Mar 27, 2014, 9:49 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 4:53 AM ]

Last week, we finished the vocabulary of Chapter 2 and continued talking about the use of plural in French.

Nouns in French are similar to English - when you talk about more than one, you add an “s” at the end: one boy, many boys - un garçon, des garçons.  Of course the words that naturally end with an "s" (like cours), will stay the same when it is plural (le cours - les cours)


Articles are pretty simple.  Le, la and l’ changes to les when the noun is plural (la filles becomes les filles) while un and une change to des in the plural: (une fille becomes des filles).  CAREFUL: The English for des is “some”, “several” or "any". Often in English, we don’t use these words - we just drop them.  Example: The plural of “a girl” just becomes “girls”.


In French, adjectives must agree with the noun that it describes!!  If a noun is feminine, the adjectives must change to “agree” (usually add an “e” at the end of the adjective - unless the adjective naturally ends with an “e”).  Same goes for when the noun is plural - the adjectives must change to “agree” (usually add an “s” at the end of the adjective - unless the adjective naturally ends with an “s”). 

We will have a petite interro on Wednesday/Thursday on the plural!!  Complete exercises 7 through 10 on pages 14 & 15 in the homelearning packet to prepare for the quiz!!

Le 19-23 mars - Vocabulaire 2

posted Mar 22, 2014, 6:31 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 5:12 PM ]

Last week we covered the vocabulary from pages 54 & 55 in chapter 2. This week will play the vocabulary (flashcard) game.  We will then have the vocab quiz on Wednesday/Thursday. Please make sure that you look over pages 54 & 55 from chapter 2 as well as complete exercise #4 on page 12 and podcast, Activité 4 on page A10 of the homelearning packet.  You should also check out the Vocabulary Quizlets available in the Online Help section at the top of the page.

Le 12-16 mars - Vocabulaire 1 & 2

posted Mar 14, 2014, 11:23 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 10:35 AM ]

Les élèves chantent "Trois Poules"!!


By the above video, you can tell that last year's student had une soirée magnifique!! I hope that you will be attending this year's soirée on March 23.
Last week, we covered the first set of vocabulary from chapter 2 (pages 50 & 51).  This week we will cover the second set of vocabulary words. 

Homelearning: Create flashcards for next class so you can play the flashcard game (you can combine both sets of flashcards for the game)!!

Le 5-9 mars - Vocabulaire 1

posted Mar 11, 2014, 5:17 AM by eric_frere@needham.k12.ma.us   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 6:02 AM ]

Welcome back!!

This week we will start a new unit!!  Don’t forget to download Chapter 2 to help you with your homelearning!!


In a previous unit, we learned how to talk about ourselves and others in the singular. This unit will concentrate on using the plural.


First let’s look at the vocabulary from pages 50 & 51 of chapter 2. Homelearning: Create flashcards for next class so you can play the flashcard game next class!!

 

Homelearning: In order to prepare for the vocabulary quiz, complete the worksheet on page 11 and Podcast - Activité 2 on page A10 in the homelearning packet.

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