Do you teach French 1 or beginning French? It can be so fun to be the one to introduce them to the Francophone world, but it is not easy to teach from square one! You need to engage them with fun activities, provide differentiation, introduce culture, give them ample opportunities to speak and listen to each other, teach them to read and write, and teach a LOT of grammar … even if you’re not allowed to actually teach grammar! 😉
I taught French 1-5 at the high school level for seven years and at the middle school level for one year before moving to middle school French immersion, and I know just how hard it is! The good news is, I have created hundreds of resources that helped me teach all the concepts in a fun way.
Teach Core French?
These are American levels for beginning French, but here’s how you’ll determine your levels.
French 1 usually covers (but is not limited to) basic skills such regular -er, -ir, and -re verbs, avoir/être, faire, aller, adjectives, food, clothing, family, weather, dates, numbers, school supplies and classes, negation, questions, hobbies, and personal items.
French 2 usually covers (or continues) beginning vocabulary themes such as clothing and food as well as adding new topics such as house and home vocabulary, health, travel, city and places. Students learn new grammatical topics including (but not always limited to) the passé composé, direct and indirect objects, reflexive verbs, relative pronouns, and perhaps and introduction to the futur simple or the imparfait.
Here are a few of my favorite things for beginners:
All of my French 1 and French 2 resources are also available in year-long bundles that continue to grow bigger and bigger as I add more French resources to their corresponding bundles.