Today I introduced to the topic of TV to my Phase 1 French students and I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to do an engaging student-led activity involving authentic material. The first task for them was to simply identify some of the main TV channels in France and all they needed to do was look up the word <<chaîne>> to complete the activity. They were then asked to practise saying these channels out loud with a their partner which gave them the opportunity to practise numbers and the alphabet. Next, was the fun part! I gave them links to TV shows on YouTube and by watching an extract of the show they had to figure out which TV sheet it was on their sheet (by looking at the bullet points) and then figure out which type of TV show it is (by looking at the words in italics). Some students were confused at first, but it was a great activity for really getting them to work independently (they needed to look words up using www.wordreference.com) and make connections between the programme and programme types. Afterwards was a perfect opportunity to discuss the conventions of the text types, for example...Question: How did we know that <<Mon oncle Charlie>> was a comedy? Answer: Because of the laughter! The simple worksheet that I created is below.
Next, I gave my students a colour copy of this TV guide below, and got them to complete a true or false activity. You could easily adapt this activity to make it more challenging for higher proficiency levels.
And below is the true or false activity.
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