Baseball + Listening Skills

Baseball + Listening Skills

We spent some time in class yesterday watching the following episode. As it featured baseball (which we are now doing in PE – how timely!) as well as a few other topics of interest (la superballe et le fromage en grain) I thought it would be a good opportunity for the students to be exposed to what other kids of their age sound like in Québec.

As a result, the students also leaned various ways to express their excitement.

  • “C’est malade!”
  • “C’est trippant””
  • “C’est capoté!”
  • “C’est super le fun!”
  • “C’est écoeurant!”
  • “C’est exaltant!”
  • “C’est délirant!”
  • “C’est surprenant!”

Bonne journée! 🙂

Skateboarding – French Reading (and Listening)

Skateboarding – French Reading (and Listening)

I gave everyone a break from their “cahier bleu” Thursday and today and although I asked that everyone continues to read in French at home (without writing about it), I worry that many won’t do it.

Here is something for your child, in case he/she hasn’t done any French reading at home today. Save it for later if needed!

Pierre-Luc Gagnon – Le pro du skate

There is a short article and a 6:27 minute interview with Pierre-Luc. Listening to a French interview is a great way to improve one’s listening skills.



La Guerre des tuques at The Cinémathèque

La Guerre des tuques at The Cinémathèque

This movie represents my childhood. As I grew up in Québec, where there is a lot of snow, I spent a lot of time outside building snow forts. La Guerre des tuques came out at around that time and every Québécois I know has seen this movie. To this day, some of us are still able to recite a few famous lines from the original version.

It was such a cult classic that it was remade into an animated 3D movie. We watched it before the winter break.

La Guerre des tuques is currently being shown in France as well and was renamed La Bataille géante de boules de neige. Wyatt can attest to this as he has seen the posters when visiting St.Tropez during his break. 
If you and/or your child would like to view the original movie, it will be featured tomorrow afternoon at 1pm (Sunday) for free at The Cinémathèque.

For more info, click here.

Star Wars – La Guerre des étoiles

Star Wars – La Guerre des étoiles

Division 21 students are studying Star Wars characters, as part of our French Language Arts program. To practice their spoken French, they have been divided in groups of three and are now getting ready to present an interview. One student volunteered to take on the interviewer role while the other two students will become different Star Wars characters.

To prepare for the interview, we did the following:

  • Viewing of episode IV (in French, with English subtitles)
  • Note taking – at different parts of the movie – describing the personality of the characters, giving specific examples from the story
  • Brainstorming in small groups – we used post-it notes and created large posters for future reference (see picture below)
  • Writing about their characters, from the 3rd person point of view (interviewers aren’t doing this but are in charge of writing an introduction and a conclusion to their show)
  • Learning new vocabulary – here’s the link to another Quizlet I created this weekend. La Guerre des étoiles – Quizlet



Costumes & Interview Times

Some students mentioned wanting to make their own costumes. I found a lot of great ideas online so feel free to refer to the links below. Please note that full costumes aren’t necessary. Also, costumes must remain simple and should not require you to purchase anything.

Here are some websites I found that may come as an inspiration. On Friday, I will offer a 45 minute period for them to work on it, if needed.

Star Wars Costume Ideas

6 Popular Star Wars Costumes You Can DIY

17 Cool DIY Costumes

9 costumes de la Guerre des étoiles

Princess Leia Bun Tutorial

10 Star Wars Crafts to Help You Channel the Force

Filming the interviews will begin on Monday, Tuesday and Friday of next week. If things go as planned, we will be viewing our interviews on May 4th.


Fun Fact

Did you know that in French, Darth Vader is called Dark Vador? As the “th” sound doesn’t exist in French, and the “er” sound is pronounced as “é”, they needed to change the spelling of his name to ensure proper pronunciation.


Have a great evening,






The students learned a new magic trick yesterday in class. I’m always looking for new and fun ways for them to improve their listening skills and this French TV show was exactly what we needed to start off this new term.

Voici “L’ascenseur du château” (don’t watch it if your child hasn’t had a chance to show it to you!)

Many have already started showing off around the school and this afternoon, we even had the chance to present our new trick to the French Immersion kindergarten students. They loved it!