As I was preparing to introduce the topic of train travel and the train station in France, I was very happy to find the advert below for TGV travel throughout France. In this beautiful advert you see many of the top tourist attractions in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Le Sacré Cœur and Notre Dame, as well as the beautiful lavender fields in the south and the vineyards of Bordeaux.
Whilst watching the video, my students completed the visible thinking routine "I see, I think, I wonder". When considering what they could see, there was plenty of opportunity for them to practice their French vocabulary on different types of buildings and architecture (e.g. le café, la plage, le château, le pont), geographical landmarks (e.g. une montagne, une rivière, un champ) and activities (faire du snowboard, faire de l'escalade, faire du surf). A few students "thought" that the video showed beauty of France and it was motivating them to visit the country while others "wondered" if the advert was filmed in one day (an interesting reference to the times shown) and what it was that the people on the train were doing.
Following this activity, we were then ready to start discussing the conventions of the text with questions such as...
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