Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Français Authentique

You and your students may be looking for some listening and viewing practice that is authentic. I enjoy listening to Yohan's podcasts as part of his bigger project Français Authentique. He is a French guy that started recording podcasts in French (years ago when I first started listening) from his car while he travelled from work to home. He loved the idea of helping those who wanted to learn French but had a level a little higher than a beginner but not fluent enough to understand TV shows and radio stations etc. Yohan has experienced such success that he has created a business out of this initial idea and as well as podcasts you can find youtube videos on his channel and much more for free as well as buying Français Authentique packs that contain work to do alongside his lessons. He's on facebook too.

I particularly enjoy the podcasts where Yohan breaks down a French expression which you could easily create some questions for your students or ask them to create something based on what they understand the expression to be about for comparison with classmates afterwards.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Un podcast de Language Fuel

Check out Joanna's latest podcast from the Language Fuel  (Resource Room) website. I got the privilege to talk about teaching French in NZ and am happy to be able to share that with you all.

Thanks to the wonderful teachers of French in NZ for being my inspiration and please let me know if you too are teaching French because of the positive influence of your high school French teacher.

Une nouvelle chanson

Check out this new song called 'Un homme debout' by Claudio Capéo - a fabulous video clip with potential for great activities about paying it forward.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dunedin is calling you...

Columba College is a fabulous school in wonderful Dunedin and they're looking for a French teacher! Now I know there are a lot of you who think Dunedin is nothing but cold but I can assure you that it is so much more than that. Yes, it can be chilly (it is in the south of the south) but there are plenty of gorgeous days and if you need proof jump on Instagram and check out #dunnerstunner

Saturday markets, affordable houses, accessible beaches, parks and walkways, mountain biking, supportive teachers of French and best of all...old school NZ where life is easy and relaxed. 

Don't waste time, get your application in now and make the move South. See the Education Gazette advertisement below. 

French Y9–13. We are seeking a teacher of French to join our flourishing languages department. You will enjoy working as part of a team, use e-learning strategies with confidence and show passion for the language and culture. This is currently a part-time position, but please state supporting subjects. 

Applications close 30 October with the Principal. Application packs are available from the school office, PB 1911, Dunedin; ph (03) 467 5188, fax (03) 464 0418; email admin@columbacollege.school.nz. For application details please see www.columbacollege.school.nz/vacancies

Vous voulez de la musique en classe ?

Pendant ses ateliers, Michel Boiron à partagé ce playlist sur Youtube 'Français, francophones, notre selection'. Commencez votre semaine en classe avec une nouvelle jolie chanson de ce playlist...juste pour le plaisir !

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

No et Moi

Pendant les vacances Sarah Collett de Hillcrest High School à Hamtilon a lu le roman 'No et moi' de Delphine de Vigan. Voici la bande annonce du film que vous pourriez regarder vous même ou même l'utiliser en classe l'année prochaine avec vos élèves de première et terminale. 

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Stage de Nouvelle-Zélande

ILEP is currently running a pilot programme whereby teachers from New Caledonia are spending two weeks in NZ observing primary school environments in order to take ideas, inspiration and thoughts on pedagogy back to their classrooms.
Claire, Mathilde, Betsy, Marion et Yolande (la responsable du groupe)

The four teachers are staying with host families in Auckland (it would be great to spread this around NZ should the programme continue in 2017), completed a pedagogy day about the NZC and will enjoy a cultural outing together next week - all of this on top of observing and teaching in NZ schools each day that they are here.

This Stage is a reciprocal arrangement as every year a group of NZ teachers of French (of any level of teaching and language proficiency) have the opportunity to spend time in New Caledonia completing a course at the University, staying with host families, visiting schools and taking part in cultural outings. Watch this space for applications to open for the 2017 Stage de Nouméa.

NZQA Newsbite

This may interest you to know more and find further links regarding the digital pilot and trial exams for languages both in 2016 and moving forward into 2017.

You can find the the link on the NZAFT website as well.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Nous sommes la bienvenue à l'Alliance Française d'Auckland...et ailleurs bien sûr

Chers professeurs, 

Join us in Term 4 to immerse yourself in a special topic of study, all the while practicing and improving your French skills.  Maybe your creative side is looking for inspiration, or perhaps you're ready for a culinary adventure?  Are you up to date with current events?  Do you get a buzz from solving the puzzle of translating between French and English, or vice versa?  

Check out our great Special Topic Class options for Term 4 below, and don't miss out on your exclusive NZAFT discount...read on!

Art History, for levels B1 and above
Thursdays 27 Oct - 22 Dec, 6-8pm Grey Lynn

French Cuisine, for levels A2 and above
Thursdays 27 Oct - 22 Dec, 10am- 12pm Grey Lynn

Translation, for levels B1 and above
Tuesdays 25 Oct - 20 Dec, 6-8pm Grey Lynn

Current Affairs, for levels B2 and above
Thursdays 27 Oct - 27 Dec, 6-8pm Grey Lynn

Enrol online by following the links above and receive a 10% discount by entering the exclusive discount code T4-NZAFT!

A bientôt,

Alliance Française Auckland

Welcome back

I hope you all had a marvellous holiday and you're ready to attack Term 4...although after two days back I know that feeling of complete exhaustion and being ready for the next holiday.

All the best for exam preparation with your seniors and keeping the juniors focused on the task ahead for the next few weeks.

Looking forward to being in touch with you all this term. Please feel free to send me ideas for 2017 workshops and Café en ligne sessions - the workshops are for you so have your voice heard.

À bientôt mes chers collègues.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Connaissez-vous Language Fuel ?

Joanna Smith is the face and brains of Language Fuel ...some of you will remember ordering online from Mary and Helen at the Resource Room? Well now you'll be checking in with Joanna and you'll have the possibility to get even more than your wonderful pencils, stickers and texts. 

Joanna is a keen linguist with experience in education and business. She is very passionate about learning languages in New Zealand and is going to be an excellent person for us teachers of French to know. Joanna invites us all to check out the Language Fuel website  where you can find the link to subscribe to the newsletter to make sure you get the best deals as well as keeping up with Joanna on Twitter and email

If there are resources you're keen to get your hands on that you can't find on the site please talk to Joanna as she will be happy to find the right product for you. 

Watch this space for Joanna's upcoming podcasts and much more. 

Joanna from Language Fuel is ready to help with your resource requirements and much more.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Je vous présente Madame la Présidente de notre association de professeurs de français

Danielle Payne is the newly appointed President of the New Zealand Association of French Teachers. Danielle is also the Teacher in Charge of French at Westlake Girls’ High School on the North Shore of Auckland. Danielle is looking forward to leading the way with a fantastic network of NZ teachers of French and welcomes you to become a member of the NZAFT, details of which can be found here on the website You can find Danielle's email address here.

We're being watched...

It's very exciting to know that people from all over the world are connecting to us teachers of French in New Zealand. Céline from Collège Germaine Tillion in Marseille shared this website with us all, thinking that it might be useful to some of us as we tackle the end of the year and begin planning for 2017. I know some of you already use Le Point du FLE website so if you already know this one then it's your turn to share the next useful one that I can publish on our blog.

Céline also shared this link to a series of French speaking Canadian books which might inspire you when restocking your classroom library.

Céline and her daughter Anaelle at Huka Falls on their recent trip to NZ.