Over the past few days we have been feeling nostalgic about school; learning about the verbs has brought back all those memories of higher French!
We have also been gathering ideas for teaching:
- the numbers
- descriptive language
- likes and dislikes
Yesterday we had a big questionnaire to fill out all about Lyon. This encouraged us to practise our spoken French and get chatting to Les Lyonnaise. Along with my colleagues from Bruntsfield Primary School we managed to find the answers to 19/20 questions (and sampled some fantastic local cuisine along the way)
Aujourd'hui, aprés une belle course côté de la Rhône, nous sommes allés à l'université pour la douxième jour d'études.
We spend the day learning about the French education system, national celebrations and posing different questions (en français, bien sur!) we've been gathering so many fantastic ideas and resources to use once we get back to Edinburgh.
This is a great quiz to play with the class using iPads
A bit of sorting!
The afternoon was spent playing a game of pétanque (Miss McGrouther was in the winning team of course!) before another delicious traditional French meal where we can practise our spoken French.
Today we were introduced to more fantastic games to play with our classes.
ICT games included quizzes you could play with your class on iPads and mobile phones. We also learnt a cooperative learning game where groups of 5 recorded information on a grid about each other in response to Spanish questions and then memorised it before going up against each other on a T.V. Style wuiz. It was lots of fun.
Today the weather began to fulfil our expectations and we enjoyed a coffee by the Rhone.
We have progressed and now attend the University for our classes. Nous sommes tres fieres!
In the morning we studied numbers from "0 a l'infinie," and can count in rhythm (en Francais), and even subtract. We have also learnt that the French are better at recycling than we are - they even recycle their numbers beyond 60!! We will teach you when we return.
We rounded off Wednesday with a visit a le cinema. Ms Christie saw un animation and Mrs Peace went to un film sentimental.
We have been so busy that there was no time to blog. We have lots to tell you!
Grammar is very simple and nothing to be afraid of, contrary to popular belief. Phonetically, there are very few sounds once you have mastered the position of your mouth and cheeks when pronouncing "les voyelles". We have learned vocabulary for parts of the body and are keen to play "Jacques dit...." (the French version of "Simon says") when we return.
On Tuesday we had a free afternoon in which to explore Old Lyon and compete in a quiz on the area. It is a fascinating place. We saw the remains of an Odeon. There are only two examples of these in the world. On the top of a very steep hill there is a fabulously ornate Basilica and Chapel.
We have eaten well and in the local tradition and had lots of conversations with Lyonnaises.
Today we were learning about the differences between the verbs ser and estar. We read a story about Little Red Riding Hood and looked at when to use each verb then wrote our own retellings of a traditional fairy tale.