Use of tu/vous in French
How did you pick this theme or topic?
Second class, so I wasn’t sure whether there would be more or less students, I didn’t want to start doing something with students who might drop the class the following week, or who might not be enrolled yet.
I also wanted to review things such as the use of the formal or informal ‘you’.
How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Chart to fill out with names
Games 2 truths and a lie
Scenarios on papers
How did students react?
They were only 2 so we couldn’t do the game with the chart since it requires several people to be interesting. We talked about random stuff such as their week end, sports, etc… instead. But it was hard to fill the hour since I had planned they would be more than 2 and that the activities would keep them busy for longer.
Did they engage with each other and you?
They talked to me and answered my questions but they were shy and not talkative if I wasn’t initiating the talk.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Slips of paper
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, it was nice getting to know them more, but it is designed for a more numerous class.
1. Pass around the agreement sheets for the students who weren’t there before to fill them out
2. Warm-up in the meantime
3. Explain the game: the students need to fill out the chart with as many names as they can in the allotted time
4. Leave them 10 minutes to do so
5. Discussion about the results: who got the most names? Who has been to France, where, when? … 15 min
6. 2nd game: 2 truths and a lie – 15 min
• explain the rules: they need to tell two truths and a lie and the other students need to find which sentence is the lie.
• Leave them 5 minutes to write down what they want to say
• Make them write it on the board so we can all check the spelling
1. Introduction of the exercise of the day: the formal and informal you (tu/vous) – 20 min
2. Talk about some examples
• what would you say if you wanted to ask the time to a guy walking in the street who has approximately the same age as you?
• How would you address an old man?
• If you are not comfortable with the two ways of addressing people (or if you are not sure), which one should you choose?
3. game of the day:
• slips of papers with scenarios
• explain the words they don’t understand
• they need to find a partner
• randomly choose one slip of paper
• have 5 minutes to read it and imagine the discussion
• After that, they will need to perform it
4. Ask them to write about
1. Qu’est-ce que tu préfères dans le Français ?
2. Qu’est-ce que tu aimes le moins ?
3. Qu’aimerais-tu découvrir/approfondir ?