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!
- Full length downloadable video circling activity - 20 minutes
- Full length downloadable audio circling activity - 18 minutes
- 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.
If you have any questions about this course or any of the others in the Love Learning Languages Academy just drop me a line: [email protected]
Jennifer is originally from Louisiana, and has been teaching French for over 20 years. She has been living in France with her husband and children since 2013, and continues to teach French both online and locally. She completed a BA in French and English, and taught French and moved to France for a year before completing an MA degree in French literature and language. While living in the US, she taught French for 15 years at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men.