What is it?
A list of 60 French idiomatic expressions and their English translations to be used upon entry into class as a warm up. Along with 10 quizzes to verify understanding.
How I used it?
I had one on the board each day and as students came in, they would copy it down and note the translation. Then they would write a French sentence using it correctly in some context. We would share some or all of these sentences just at the start of the class. Every 5 classes, we had a little review, then a fill in the blank quiz /10. These are all contained in this document.
Why it works?
It works great for helping them learn French transitional words and common expressions and for making them sound less "immersion-y" and more sophisticated. They also liked the predictability of the routine and it allows for some creativity and humour when they write their own sentences. I also used it with Core French (FSL) 10, 11 and 12 classes. This is an "activité éponge" that I like because it's also a vocabulary builder.
One more thing...
For the quizzes, I would read out the 5 expressions at the beginning of the quiz, instead of putting them on the quiz. Students had to note them down in the space provided This way, students had to review the spelling of the expressions prior to the quiz. I also just gave the list of 60 expressions to the whole class at the start of semester so if they were away they knew they were responsible for the next ones on the list.