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Un match de tennis oral

I don't often blog about individual lessons at school, but I'd like to share this resource which went really well with a Y10 class of pupils of reasonable ability (GCSE grade B/C standard). It's a tennis match activity with questions using a resource I made for frenchteacher.net. It's nice when pupils say "Can we do that again?" You could use the resource with any good class from Year 9 to Year 11.

Students work in pairs and each have a list of questions to ask their partner. They score the activity like tennis. Partner A "serves" a question and partner B tries to answer. If partner B cannot answer the point goes to the server (15.0). If the partner can answer, the server wins the point (15.0). Each student has the answers to their questions, so it is easy to keep score. Advise them to keep a written note of the score. You can teach the French system of scoring including "deuce" (40 à), avantage, jeu and set. And so on until the game is won. The pairs keep playing until time runs out. Today the class kept speaking for nearly 30 minutes, almost all in French (since there is barely any need at all for English).

It is important to provide a mixture of questions, some easy, some hard. In general the advantage is with the returner of serve (unlike the real game) because you want pupils to have success. in answering the questions.

What do the students get from it? Lots of speaking (largely reading aloud), plenty of enjoyment, a very competitive sprit, increased cultural and linguistic knowledge. Observing the pupils at work it was gratifying to see them supporting each other when necessary.  It works very well indeed and the teacher's only role is the answer the odd question and generally encourage. Here are the questions I used:


MATCH DE TENNIS                                                        Personne A

Score the match like tennis. Every question is a serve. If your partner doesn’t know the answer you win the point. First to take set wins or best of three sets.

1.       Donne une couleur qui commence par R. (rose, rouge)
2.       Donne un animal  la maison qui commence par L. (lapin)
3.       Quel est le contraire de grand ? (petit)
4.       Quel est le contraire de long ? (court)
5.       Comment s’appelle une personne qui travaille dans un hôpital ? (docteur, médecin, infirmière)
6.       Quel moyen de transport commence par V ? (la voiture, le véhicule, le vélo)
7.       Quelle matière au collège commence par H ? (histoire)
8.       Quel est le contraire de gros ? (mince, maigre)
9.       Quelle est la capitale de l’Angleterre ? (Londres)
10.     Comment s’appelle la cathédrale célèbre de Paris ? (Notre Dame)
11.     Quel sport est-ce qu’on peut jouer avec un ballon ovale ? (le rugby)
12.     Comment s’appelle un magasin où on achète du pain ? (la boulangerie)
13.     Où travaille un mécanicien ? (garage)
14.     Donne le nom d’un fromage français qui commence par C. (Camembert)
15.     Donne une couleur qui commence par V. (vert, violet)
16.     Quel animal est plus grand : un hamster ou une souris ? (un hamster)
17.     Un facteur – il distribue du lait ou des lettres ? (des lettres)
18.     Est-ce qu’un crocodile est méchant ou mignon ? (méchant)
19.     Quel temps fait-il en France en été ? (beau, soleil)
20.     Qui est le père de ton père ? (grand-père)
21.     Qui est le frère de ta mère ? (oncle)
22.     Quelle est la capitale de la Belgique ? (Bruxelles – must say it properly)
23.     Où est Montréal? (Canada)
24.     Quelle langue est-ce qu’on parle aux Etats-Unis? (anglais)
25.     Quelle langue est-ce qu’on parle en Italie ? (italien)
26.     Quelle langue est-ce qu’on parle en Chine ? (chinois/mandarin)
27.     Donne une couleur qui commence par N. (noir)
28.     Comment s’appelle le site web social le plus célèbre ? (Facebook)
29.     Quelle ville est plus grande : Toulouse ou Marseille ? (Marseille)
30.     Donne deux sports qu’on joue avec une raquette. (tennis, badminton, squash)
31.     Quelle matière concerne le passé ? (histoire)
32.     Quelle matière concerne les plantes et les animaux ? (biologie)
33.     Qui est la sœur de ton père ? (tante)
34.     Dans quel magasin est-ce qu’on achète de la viande ? (la boucherie)
35.     Quel est le sport national du Canada ? (le hockey sur glace)
36.     Quelle fleur est le symbole de l’Angleterre ? (rose)
37.     Est-ce qu’un hippopotame est méchant ou mignon ? (méchant)
38.     La Loire : c’est un fleuve ou une montagne ? (fleuve)
39.     Comment s’appelle le fleuve qui passe par Paris ? (la Seine)
40.     Quelle langue est-ce qu’on parle en Espagne ? (espagnol)

 
MATCH DE TENNIS                                                        Personne B

Score the match like tennis. Every question is a serve. If your partner doesn’t know the answer you win the point. First to take set wins or best of three sets.

1.       Est-ce qu’un tigre est méchant ou mignon ? (méchant)
2.       Donne une couleur qui commence par M. (marron, mauve)
3.       Mont Blanc : c’est un fleuve ou une montagne ? (montagne)
4.       Quelle ville est plus grande : Bordeaux ou La Rochelle ? (Bordeaux)
5.       Donne un animal à la maison qui commence par P. (perruche, perroquet, poisson)
6.       Comment s’appelle le grand stade à Paris ? (le stade de France)
7.       Dans quel magasin est-ce qu’on achète des livres ? (une librairie)
8.       Qui est la mère de ta mère ? (grand-mère)
9.       Où travaille un docteur ? (un hôpital)
10.     Quel moyen de transport est plus rapide : un train ou un avion ? (avion)
11.     Quelle langue est-ce qu’on parle en Allemagne ? (allemand)
12.     Berne est la capitale de quel pays ? (Suisse)
13.     Donne une couleur qui commence par B. (bleu, brun)
14.     Quel animal est plus gros : le lion ou le tigre ? (le tigre)
15.     Le Roquefort : c’est un vin ou un fromage ? (fromage)
16.     Quelle matière au collège commence par A ? (anglais, astronomie)
17.     Quel moyen de transport commence par A ? (avion)
18.     Quelle matière concerne l’algèbre et les équations ? (maths)
19.     Quel sport est-ce qu’on fait à Roland Garros à Paris ? (tennis)
20.     Donne un fruit qui commence par P. (pomme, prune, pamplemousse)
21.     Donne un poisson qui commence par T. (thon, truite)
22.     Quelle langue est-ce qu’on parle en Grèce ? (grec)
23.     Quelle ville est plus grande : Lyon ou Bordeaux ? (Lyon)
24.     Donne un animal en Afrique qui commence par G. (girafe)
25.     Quel est le contraire de court ? (long)
26.     Quel est le contraire de blanc ? (noir)
27.     Dans quel magasin est-ce qu’on achète de l’aspirine ? (la pharmacie)
28.     La Dordogne : c’est un fleuve ou une montagne ? (fleuve)
29.     Dakar est la capitale de quel pays ? (Sénégal)
30.     Donne un légume qui commence par H. (haricot)
31.     Donne TROIS animaux qui commencent par CH. (cheval, chien, chat)
32.     Notre Dame : c’est une montagne ou une cathédrale ? (cathédrale)
33.     Quel est le contraire de droite ? (gauche)
34.     Quel temps fait-il dans l’Antarctique ? (froid, neige)
35.     Quelle langue est-ce qu’on parle au Japon ? (japonais)
36.     Donne un animal de ferme qui commence par V. (vache – « cow »)
37.     Quelle matière concerne les réactions chimiques ? (la chimie)
38.     Quelle ville est plus grande : Tokyo ou Londres ? (Tokyo)
39.     Comment dit-on Dover en français ? (Douvres)
40.     Côtes du Rhône : c’est un vin ou une bière ? (vin)

Comments

  1. Many thanks for this - what a great resource to start the New Year off with revising with year 11s. It works on so many levels too. I don't suppose you know anyone who has done it in Spanish? If not I will anyway and post or tweet somewhere!
    Rachel Delaney

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  2. Hi Rachel. Thanks for commenting. No, I'm not aware of a ready-made Spanish version. If you do the activity you'll need to decide if partners give short answers (more natural) or long answers (more production, but less authentic).

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  3. Fabulous, thank you so much! Just perfect as an end of year activity for my Y10, as we are preparing for a speaking assessment in September!

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  4. Fabulous, thank you so much! Just perfect as an end of year activity for my Y10, as we are preparing for a speaking assessment in September!

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