Teaching pupils how to talk about their families in French helps them with third-person form, says Amanda Barton…
A lot of MFL teaching in the early stages focuses on using the first person only. Teaching your children how to talk about their families – either their own or a fictitious family – is a good way of getting them to practise using the third-person form.
They learn how to say what various family members are called – il s’appelle, elle s’appelle – and to practise using the possessive adjective ‘my’, which is determined by the gender of the noun, eg Mon père s’appelle Charlie.
The examples in this lesson are given in French but the activities can be used with any language.
What they’ll learn
The vocabulary for various family members in French
How to use the correct word for ‘my’
How to introduce people using the third person form
How to apply their knowledge of English to decode unfamiliar words in French
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