French 101, Lab 05: A La Fac, Novice Mid

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A La Fac


Students will identify objects relating to school correctly in French. Students will pull items from their backpack and correctly identify them in French. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid


school, objects, items, French, schedule, backpack

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can identify objects relating to school
  • I can talk about my personal belongings relating to my personal life and school life
  • I can discuss what classes I am taking and what I enjoy studying

Materials Needed:

Kahoot Game

Google Slides Presentation



Begin by introducing the Can-Do's for today's activity. 

To prepare themselves for the main activity, students are going to play kahoot to practice school vocabulary. 

Nous allons jour Kahoot pour pratiquer le vocabulaire. Alors, allez sur le site et entrez le code.

1. Open up the kahoot for French Lab Week 5. It is located on the WLRC Kahoot account. Click play, classic mode, and then tell the students the code that they need to enter on their phone. Practice saying the numbers in French so the students get familiar with them.

Ouvrez Kahoot French Lab Week 5, situé dans votre compte WLRC. Cliquez sur “play”, “classic mode” et ensuite donnez aux étudiants le code qu’ils doivent entrer dans leur téléphone. Pratiquez la prononciation des chiffres en français afin que les étudiants se familiarisent avec eux.

2. Tell students that there will be a picture of a school item and they will click the vocabulary word for the item on their phone. 

Il y aura une photo d'un objet scolaire à l'écran, vous devez cliquer sur la meilleure réponse. 

Main Activity

Overview: In this activity, students are going to practice their vocabulary relating to school. Use the google slides presentation. Each slide will have an image of a different object related to school. Show the image to the group and the first person to find that object in their backpack and correctly identify the object in French gains a point. There will be certain objects that people won't have, so in this case the first person to raise their hand and say the object in French wins the point.

Dans cette activité, nous allons pratiquer le vocabulaire à la fac (l'université). Je vais vous montrer une photo d'un objet. La première personne qui trouve cet objet dans son sac à dos et qui peut le nommer en français gagne un point! Il y a quelques objets que personne n’a. Dans ce cas, la première personne qui le nomme en français gagne un point.

1. Load the Google Slideshow

Téléchargez le Google Slideshow

2. Show the directions on the second slide and explain the topic, 

In this activity, we will practice vocabulary at the university. I will show you a picture of a thing. The first person who finds this thing in his backpack and who can say it in French wins a point!

There are some objects that nobody has. In this case, the first person who says it in French wins one point.

À la fac. Montrez les directives à la seconde diapositive et expliquez le sujet, À la fac.

3. Go to slide 3 and introduce/write on the board useful phrases for this activity that the students should use. (J'ai, Je n'ai pas, C'est, Ce n'est pas).

Allez à la troisième diapositive et écrivez au tableau des phrases-clés que les étudiants pourront utiliser lors de l’activité.

4. Do a practice round with them first (slide 4) Premièrement, on va pratiquer avec un exemple (Show them slide 4 with the picture of the calculator). J'ai besoin d'une...

Faites un exemple avec eux (diapositive 4) Premièrement, on va pratiquer avec un exemple (Show them slide 4 with the picture of the calculator). J'ai besoin d'une...

5. The first student to find raise their hand, show the object and correctly identify it in French wins.

Le premier étudiant qui trouve la réponse, lève sa main, montre l’objet et le nomme correctement en français, gagne.

6. Continue through the rest of the presentation with the other objects, keeping track of points if you'd like.

Continuez avec le reste de la présentation et les autres objets. Si vous le désirez, vous pouvez compter les points.

Note: Students must say a complete sentence to get the point. For example: J'ai un crayon. If no one has the object, have the students practice saying: Je n'ai pas un crayon.  If students don't have the object, but they know what it is then have them practice identifying the object by saying: C'est un crayon.

Les étudiants doivent dire une phrase complète pour obtenir un point. Par exemple: J'ai un crayon. Si personne n’a l’objet, les étudiants doivent pratiquer comment dire: Je n'ai pas un crayon. Si les étudiants n’ont pas l’objet, mais qu’ils savent comment il se nomme, alors faites leur dire le nom de l’objet: C'est un crayon.


Ask some of the following questions to finish the lab: 

Quels sont les matières que vous étudiez?

Quels sont les cours que vous aimez? Pourquoi?

Quels sont les cours que vous n'aimez pas? Pourquoi?

Est-ce que c'est difficile? Facile? Interessant? Inutile?

Avez-vous beaucoup de devoirs?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can identify objects relating to school
  • I can talk about my personal belongings
  • I can talk about my classes and what I study
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