Level A1 - French Circling Activity - Regular Verbs in 3 Tenses

Master making your OWN sentences using regular verbs in the present, passé composé, and futur proche tenses

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A1 Level Circling Activity - Practice and master regular French verbs in 3 tenses using this proven method

Circling is the instructional practice of asking a series of prescribed questions in the target language about a statement in the target language. Circling is used to provide students with contextualized repetitions of target structures. Research shows that language learners need between 70-150 repetitions of a structure in order to acquire it into their permanent vocabulary.

  • In this lesson, I will speak a sentence: Je garde mes petites soeurs tous les jours.
  • I will then tell you to restate the sentence using a different subject pronoun: Nous (for example)
  • You will then restate the sentence making necessary changes: Nous gardons nos petites soeurs tous les jours.

This lesson focuses on six regular French verbs, possessive adjectives, and other less frequently words that you will acquire through meaningful repetition. Each sentence is spoken in the present, passé composé, and futur proche tenses both with and without negation.

This activity is included in my BUNDLED FRENCH LESSONS, and once you own the bundle, you'll have access to all of LLL's current and future French learning resources at no additional cost!


  1. Full length downloadable video circling activity - 20 minutes
  2. Full length downloadable audio circling activity - 18 minutes
  3. Practice cards for online use to work on reading and writing - 108 cards

Step 1: Watch the video lesson / activity to learn about the circling method. You will quickly catch on, and will truly need to concentrate so that you can make the necessary changes in your sentences. Does this ever happen to you when speaking French with someone? You can understand what's being said, but you can't think fast enough to make the necessary changes when responding? That's exactly why you should try out circling!

Step 2: Once you've watched the video and have done the exercise while reading along, try out the audio only version! This will be a challenge as you will not be able to see the words, and it will help with listening and speaking skills.

Step 3: Use the set of cards to practice reading and writing. Read the card that I would have spoken to you in steps 1 and 2, and take the time to write your response before looking at the answer card. As the cards are not numbered, I encourage you to download them and use them online rather than printing.

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Jennifer Crespin
Jennifer Crespin

I'm Jennifer, and I'm a French teacher. I didn't grow up speaking French. I started learning French as an adult, so I know exactly how frustrating it can be when just trying to listen and respond seems impossible. I was fortunate enough to have CARING teachers who helped me and never seemed to be frustrated with me. When I started teaching French 20+ years ago, I was again fortunate to have mentors who showed me that CARING about my students and understanding their difficulties is the only way to help. I've been exactly where you are, and I know how to help you.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French, then taught French for a year and moved to France for a year before pursuing and earning a Master of Arts degree in French. I taught French at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men, for 14 years. A while before relocating to the South of France, I began teaching French online via Skype. I am now teaching French online full time and I also give immersion classes and guided city visits in both languages in Béziers, France.

It’s my job to guide you and help you along on your journey to learn French. Learning should be fun, and I will make sure that enjoy yourself as you improve your listening, writing, reading, and most importantly your speaking skills. Over the years I have developed many creative strategies to guarantee your progress. All students have different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses, and different levels. One of my first jobs as your teacher is to provide you with an approach that will suit your learning style so that you will get the most out of your classes as possible.

Class Curriculum

  Circling activity using regular verbs in 3 tenses
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