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French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques

French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
French Teaching Resources. History of the Olympic Games. Les Jeux olympiques
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I found a great short film (2 mins 20 secs) on YouTube about the history of the Olympic Games, I love the stylised presentation and have created a series of exercises which I hope will make the French commentary accessible to the students. There is a step-by-step PowerPoint to accompany the worksheet (the answers are both on the PowerPoint and on the first 2 pages of the worksheet).

Slide 1: Colourful Jeux olympiques slide to show as the students enter the classroom.

Slide 2: states the lesson objectives:
Objectif: To develop your listening skills and to learn facts and vocabulary related to the history of the Olympic Games.
All: Will develop their listening skills and learn 7 new facts and French words.
Most: Will develop their listening skills and learn 9 new facts and French words/ phrases.
Some: Will develop their listening skills and learn 10+ new facts and French words/ phrases.

The first worksheet has 3 goals:
All: Match the names and the pictures.
Most: AND Put the countries in the order that they appear/ are mentioned.
Some: AND Match the date to the correct person.

To prepare for these tasks the students are told to:

All: Discuss how you would pronounce the names with a French accent!
Most: AND be able to translate all the countries.
Some: AND be able to say all the years in French.

Names:
Pierre de Coubertin, Jesse Owens, le dieu grec Zeus, Tommie Smith et John Carlos, L’Empereur (romain) Théodose 1er
Countries :
Le Brésil (Rio de Janeiro), La France (Paris), La Grèce (le temple de Zeus), La Grèce (Athènes), L’Italie (Rome), La Mexique (Mexico), L’Allemagne (Munich), L’Italie (Rome), L’Allemagne (Berlin).
Dates :
1894, 8ième siècle avant Jésus Christ, 1968, 393, 1936

Slide 4 says:
Now you will listen to and watch the short film. Remember, you are only picking out key information. Don’t worry if you don’t understand all the French you hear! Also use the images you see, your logic and previous knowledge to help.
You will listen and watch twice, maybe more if your teacher agrees!

Slides 5, 6 and 7 have the answers.

Slide 8 gives instructions to prepare the students for the next listening task. First is to complete Exercise B which is an English to French match up of vocabulary and phrases that the students will need to in order to understand and answer the multiple choice questions.

French vocabulary/ phrases:

1. Les Jeux olympiques antiques.
2. Le pancrace, la course, le tir.
3. Les tremblements de terre et les inondations.
4. Les femmes.
5. Dès.
6. (Il) voulait montrer.
7. (Il) a gagné ** médailles d’or.
8. (Ils) ont été transmis en direct.
9. Un commando palestinien.
10. La plus importante manifestation sportive mondiale.

Slide 9 repeats the advice on Slide 4.

There are 11 multiple choice questions.
All: will get 6 correct answers.
Most: will get 7 correct answers.
Some: will get 8+ correct answers.

Examples of questions:
1. Les Jeux olympiques antiques ont été organisés en l’honneur…

A. de Pierre de Coubertin.
B. du dieu grec Zeus.
C. de l’Empereur Théodose 1er.

2. Parmi les sports aux Jeux olympiques antiques ont été….

A. Le pancrace, la course et la boxe.
B. Le pancrace, le tennis et la natation.
C. Le pancrace, l’équitation et le tir.

3. Les Jeux olympiques antiques ont été abolis par…

A. Pierre de Coubertin.
B. le dieu grec Zeus.
C. l’Empereur (romain) Théodose 1er.

4. Les Jeux olympiques modernes ont commencé en 1896 à Athènes….

A. avec 280 sportifs.
B. avec 2800 sportifs.
C. avec 28 sportifs.

Slides 10, 11 and 12 have the answers and finally slide 13 provides the opportunity for reflection.
Total Pages
16 pages
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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