This step-by-step French PowerPoint gradually elicits the formation of negatives with the present tense: ne + pas.
The first slide encourages the students to actively engage with the new structure: working in teams, using their prior knowledge, knowledge of other languages and using a process of elimination to figure out the meanings and rules. They then discuss the pronunciation and question each other before the teacher checks with the whole class:
All: Translate the phrases below.
Most: AND decide which two words we add to make a sentence negative. Where are they positioned?
Some: AND: decide why we say n’ai pas rather than ne ai pas. Perfect Pronunciation Challenge!
Je suis généreux.
Je ne suis pas généreux.
J’ai un frère.
Je n’ai pas de frères.
J’ai une souris.
Je n’ai pas d’animal.
The following slides gradually check the students' answers.
Slide 8 recaps the new expressions and can be used for a game e.g. If you have a stamper facility on your interactive whiteboard, a fun game is to ask the students to recite the French phrases over and over whilst you gradually cover the words in stampers e.g. smileys or apples making it more and more difficult – simple but fun!
Another easy game is to send one student out of the room. The remaining class chooses a student to give a top secret signal – this could be a sound e.g. a deliberate sneeze or cough, or something visual e.g. an obvious stretch, zipping/unzipping their pencil case etc. The students then repeat the first phrase again and again until they see or hear the signal. The students then repeat the second phrase again and again until they see or hear the signal and so on. The student who has been sent out must then try to figure out who the secret signal giver is!
Slide 9 recaps the questions (can be used for revision next lesson) and slide 10 is the same a slide 8 (see above for game suggestions).