Class Resources Level 1

5 Class Challenges

10 things I can do at the end of The 5 Class Challenge 

  • Naturally form simple sentences using être, avoir and ER verbs
  • Ask simple questions using Comment? Qui? Où? Quand? Quel(le)?
  • Ask directions and say where things are
  • Understand dialogues 2 minutes in length on everyday subjects when I am given context
  • Summarise the global meaning of a 2 minute dialogue in English
  • Differentiate sounds that are similar in a dialogue and connect them with my understanding of French pronunciation, in particular the liaison
  • Pronounce common French sounds so that it is easier to follow what I am saying in French
  • Respond naturally with no hesitation or errors to simple questions like how are you?, Would you like a coffee?  After you, Make yourself at home and regularly repeated classroom language listen, write, speak, your turn etc
  • Express time in the form of the 24 hour clock, days, months, morning, afternoon and evening

Key Competency – Communication

Listening comprehension and speaking to be understood

  • Use a range of language to negotiate meaning:
    • to show understanding; to signal lack of understanding; to seek repetition;,to seek clarification; to control speed, volume of interlocutors’ speech; to check own understanding;, to check interlocutors’ understanding.
  • Use strategies to deal with language gaps
    • using non-linguistic means (e.g. pointing, drawing); using an approximate synonym;
  • Use strategies to globally understand dialogue using context, body language and tone. Unconcerned by understanding every word and more focused on being able to get the gist.
  • Mimic spoken French phrases focusing on pronunciation as a means of being understood

10 things I can do at the end of The 5 Class Challenge

  • Able to talk about the future (verb aller + infinitive)
  • Describe things (nouns) with adjectives (physical and personality features). This is a great way round being able to keep a conversation going when you don’t know the exact word e.g a thingy
  • Can describe actions using adverbs made from adjectives
  • French words for “thing”, “things”, “thingybob” , “whatchamacallit!”
  • Know the difference between masculine and feminine job titles
  • Increase vocabulary by 100 more words
  • Be able to have a conversation talking about jobs and activities
  • Able to talk about likes and dislikes. Using Aimer, détester, adorer + nom/verb
  • Be able to guess the sounds for words that are similar to English and pronounce them in a French way so you can be understood e.g “important” / “important” are spelt the same but are pronounced very differently. This will also reduce your reliance in seeing things written down to understand them.
  • Describe a situation using vocabulary to get what you want or need help


Key Competency – Communication

Identifying patterns and creating and guessing words

  • Can sound out an English word in a French way e.g “impossible”, “important”, téléphone”
  • Can pick out English words pronounced in a French way in a dialogue
  • Can spot patterns for making an educated guess at a word in French e.g turn an English verb into a French ER verb such as “téléphoner”

What I can do at the end of the challenge


  • Use numbers with confidence
  • Memorise minimum 100 French words – parts of the body/ days,months, dates / food and drink
  • Order a baguette and other nice stuff in a boulangerie
  • Understand what’s being said to me in a boulangerie
  • Ask how someone is / say hello and goodbye naturally / wish someone a good day
  • Pronounce sounds: “le, je, de”/ “les, des”/ “un”/”une”/ “en”/ “in”/ “ay”



Key Language Skills

    • Confident in a boulangerie situation


  • Pronounce sounds in a way that makes you easy to understand
  • Get comfortable with different French sounds so you can pick out more words in conversation and around you
  • Don’t worry about mistakes
  • Get talking!


What I can do at the end of the challenge


  • Talk about things I’m going to do / planning to do in the future (aller + infinitive)
  • Talk about things I have done / did in the past ( avoir and être + past participle)
  • Add “can” and “want” and “could” and “would like” to my French repertoire!
  • Build up a bank of useful time expressions and start using them naturally  
  • Get comfortable with 5 of the most commonly used irregular verbs
  • Learn the patterns for moving a verb into the past



Key Language Skills


  • Able to listen out for the signals that tell you whether someone is saying something in the past, present, future
  • Able to talk about familiar topics in the past, present and future
  • Able to use the 5 most commonly used verbs in French with ease (alongside the 1000’s of regular “ER” verbs you already know!
  • Get comfortable with constructing French sentences according to when you are talking about
  • Don’t worry about mistakes play it by ear when you’re not sure!
  • Get talking about more stuff



Details coming soon

Classroom Worksheets

"ER" Verbs for Busy Picture

Verbs - "Doing" words

La Famille Martinez - Introduction

Meet the Martinez Family and be introduced to the most important basics of the French langauge

Les numéros

Practise your numbers ready for a game of "lotto" at your next class!


Get familiar with the French alphabet. Try practising the alphabet and numbers by saying car number plates out loud!

La Famille Martinez - Dans La Salle à Manger

Introduction to the really important verb avoir and some other very useful language

Adjectives worksheet

Describing people, places and things