Let’s face it, French numbers are tricky. Beginners need a lot of practice when learning French numbers. We teach them in the first few weeks of French 1 and we move on. Students never totally get them if we don’t practice them A LOT -and keep practicing them throughout the year!
Here are some handy tips on teaching French numbers in your classroom.
1. Provide visuals.
A lot of students are visual, and being able to see the numbers is so important for these types of learners. Plus, when students need a reminder, the words are there to reinforce what you’ve taught. Place French numbers posters where students can easily see them.
Angela V. says, “After we learn numbers, it is so useful to have these reminders up! Great posters!”
2. Provide speaking opportunities.
Teachers everywhere tell me they wish their students spoke more. All students need to speak as early and as often as you can. Provide fun games and interactive activities so that students get comfortable with the vocabulary. J’ai…qui a…? is a really fun way to practice listening and speaking at the same time, and for beginners just learning French numbers, it’s a great way to get started!
BreAnna J. says, “I really enjoyed the flashcard game “J’ai…Qui a” It was a great way to get students speaking and listening.”
These are included in my French numbers packet.
Want a FREE numbers speaking activity + more ways to teach numbers? Click HERE.
3. Practice listening comprehension.
Boom Cards™️ are a fun and engaging way for students to practice oral number recognition even when they are at home. These paperless digital task cards with audio give instant feedback and students can listen to the words over and over.
Rose F. says, “Mme R’s resources are the best I have found for my grade 7 and 8 Core French students. This was a great activity for fast finishers during Distance Learning.”
4. Have fun!
Getting your students to speak is only half of the equation! They have to be able to understand what is being said, too. Fun games like BINGO and LA CLAQUE ! (our name for vocabulary slap) are great at practicing listening comprehension and making it feel like a game – because it is!
The vocabulary slap activity also includes printable flashcards for 0-100 + bonus words mille, million, and milliard. Send them home with students who need extra help.
Alexandre N. says this about the Bingo game: “This is a great, engaging resource! I love that it motivated my students to practice their numbers, which can be hard to get them to do.”
Veronica B. says this about vocabulary slap : “Brilliant resource to recap on numbers.”
5. Reinforce all that great practice with follow-up writing activities.
Some students just have to write it to retain it. Speaking, listening, and seeing the numbers are all crucial to long-term retention, but the last step is independent, written practice. You’ll find it all in this EASY PRINTABLE PACKET for students. There are writing activities, speaking activities and games, exit tickets, and a short assessment.
Martine B. says, “I started off the year with this package. So well organized. My grade 7/8 enjoyed it. Thanks!”
If you want to include all these elements, they are a conveniently bundled together with a great discount!
What do teachers say about the French numbers bundle?
Mallory S. says, “Merci! This has given me more activities so my students can practice their numbers and get really good at them! One of the many resources that will be used year after year!”
Brigitte S. says, “This bundle was so great. I used it with my junior and intermediate students to review and practice their numbers, which I found way better after using this!!! Thanks.”
Caitlin B. says, “So many activities that I can come back to year after year so students can learn their numbers. It’s great for review, great for beginners and overall easy to use.”
Find the French numbers bundle HERE.