A National Geographic file about the Paris Catacombs, sewers, their history, complete with photo gallery, the full story and an interactive map. (Thank you FreeTech4Teachers) - a fantastic opportunity to bring in an historic and intercultural angle to your classroom!
La Journée d'un Espion
Guillaume Charton (Wakatipu High School) is sharing an idea: using maps, places in town and routines! Guillaume put it together for his students in Queenstown but your students can adapt it to wherever they are or wish to be. Planning a trip to France? Why not take a map of the town you are going to?
Monica Graham (Taieri College) has put together an information gap activity to be done in pairs, orally, to locate places in town. One student has the places on the map which the other one needs. Each student must ask the other for directions to the places on their list, then follow their partner's instructions to locate the correct building on their map.
Julia Brown (Dilworth College) has shared the PPT presentation below she uses in class to introduce and practise vocabulary and phrases with her students. A great start to present content or a revision activity, up to you!
Picture by bcinfrance via WikimediaCommon
It consists of locating key places in Paris using a Métro map. Students are given a genuine map of the subway lines of Paris (download and print the first document). Initially they have to learn how to read the map (oral practice of directions in French, but also it is worth spending sometime on how to read the Métro map itself). Students have to find different places on it (train stations, airports, Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, Stade de France, Le Louvre, Versailles…) as indicated in the PPT. The PPT features the answers (skip this part until the end), the clues and some descriptions in French of the places. Students can then look up an other famous place in Paris, describe it in a few lines, and ask others to locate it on the map.
Introducing vocabulary for places in town is easy with Verna Morris (Dunstan College) PPT presentations. Verna has created and shared two PPT to use with your class. The vocabulary is colour coded by gender and both presentations provide opportunities to check on vocabulary acquisition orally and in writing (eg: repetition, find the missing letters, find the English etc.)